"The Wedding Gifts" - story by Donne Avenell with art by Romano Felmang and Germano Ferri.
Cover art by Romano Felmang.
Story: The Wedding Gifts, was written by British writer Donne Avenell with art by Romano Felmang and Germano Ferri. The cover as you can see is Felmang’s. The original cover shown as an inset below was created by Swedish artist Rolf Gohs. The original Swedish version of this Phantom story was published by Semic Press back in June 1995. It has never been printed by Frew previously. I should warn that there are images of the female form on various pages depicted in scanty attire and shock horror, dare I say, outright nudity! So hang on to your pacemakers as you take on The Wedding Gifts uncut!. My personal view is that it is all quite sweet and innocent really but I feel sure there may be some of you that view it differently. Please jump on your computers and let me know if you have an opinion one way or the other. Perhaps I should have asked Glenn to draw in some big girl pants or bikinis but I didn’t want to take away from the naive frolicking artistry in its original form. Who are we to be placing black censorship boxes all over a piece of Phantom history drawn by the likes of Felmang and Ferri? I suspect that it may have been this very question that has caused the delay in publication here in Australia. At it’s heart this story from the pen of Donne Avenell is essentially a fable in its structure. A fable being a short tale to impart a moral lesson, often with animals or inanimate objects as characters. This story displays similar characteristics to LLongo’s Amulet by the same author which we published last year.