The second of our new stories John X is another by Tony DePaul and on this occasion art was drawn by Paul Ryan. This was a daily newspaper strip that ran for much longer than most from 25.08.2014- 09.05.2015. It comes together very well as a completed story. The Phantom is grievously injured early on and we find ourselves taken on the ride as he teeters close to death and then struggles with rehabilitation and the loss of identity caused by amnesia. Devil the faithful mountain wolf as ever is by his side and the family never give up.
His true heroic nature is not diminished or suppressed by memory loss! Even time spent with the jungle patrol can’t seem to jog that past free in his mind. He’s physically remarkable, a natural leader of men and is swooned over by the woman he encounters, all the while completely unaware that he has a life and home to return to. Will he fully recover and ever be The Phantom again? What will it take to jolt him back to full recovery? Please read and enjoy John X in full for the first time.
Last but by no means least we bring you a great little classic story from 1973, Rex and the Little People.
This of course is straight from the pen of the creator Lee Falk himself with his ever reliable artistic offsider Sy Barry complimenting the efforts with his Phantom art. Was it a dream sparked by an old man’s story or did Rex have an encounter with little warriors flying on the back of falcons? I’ll leave you to be the judge of that.