Issue 1898 - Fortnightly, 2021


36 pages.

Mint condition

In this story, The Messengers of the Jungle, we are immersing ourselves in
a Semic Press publication from 1981 which was previously unpublished in
Australia. This story is notable because it was written by Donne Avenell.
Donne Avenell was born in Croydon, Surrey, on 11 September 1925. He
started his career as an assistant editor with the Amalgamated Press, he
went on to have a prolific and diverse portfolio of achievements in a lifetime
dedicated to the craft of writing. In 1978, following in the footsteps of his
friend Norman Worker he joined Team Fantomen. Donne’s first Phantom
story was Dizzying Affairs (F159, Fantomen 20/1978, not as yet published
by Frew) with art by Özcan Eralp. Avenell had never read the Phantom strip
before, but immediately became a fan favourite and has written several of
Sweden’s most popular Phantom stories over the years. The stand-out was
of course The Story of Devil (F179, Fantomen 23/1979 and Frew #1013 &
#1125), which has been elected Best Story of the Year every time it has
been published in Sweden. Lee Falk himself vowed never to write any other
story about Devil’s origin after having read it.

Cover Art by Antonio Lemos

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