The Dark River: Story by Magnus Knutson and art byJaime Vallvé.
Phantom by Gaslight Ep 4 - Weathering Hate: Story by Christopher Sequeira and art by Jason Paulos.
Cover art by Antonio Lemos.
This Phantom story comes to us from Team Fantomen and was first published by them in Fantomen 1/1972. Written by Magnus Knutsson it is of particular significance since it represents the very first Phantom story to have been drawn by artist Jaime Vallvé.
Jaime Vallvé’s style became very popular in the 70’s and 80’s. His particular attention to detail in historical context set him apart from many of his contemporaries. He went on to draw some 116 Phantom stories throughout his career. His full name was Santiago Jaime Vallvé Peralta. He was a Spanish born artist living in Denmark. Magnus Knutsson who wrote the story had previously edited the Italian Phantom stories produced by Fratelli Spada that were being published in Fantomen.
Eventually, he was offered the opportunity to write completely new scripts which were along more modern themes.
Hence, The Dead River is the first to show Bengali’s neighbour Rhodia and there abhorent and systematic racial segregation policy known as apartheid. It is interesting to note in this story both Colonel Weeks and his successor Colonel Worubu appear, but by this stage Colonel Weeks had been appointed to General Staff allowing Worubu to be the man in charge of the Jungle Patrol. I’m glad we got that cleared up!