The Phantom No. 29 Cover by Jim Keefe

May 7, 2022|In Comics, General

Created by Lee Falk in 1936, The Phantom comic strip has endured to this day, outliving other adventure strips long gone. It has also travelled well around the world, supporting comic book sales in the Nordic countries and Australia.

Jim Keefe is known now for being the artist on the Sally Forth comic strip, but he also spent time on another great adventure strip – Flash Gordon – as its writer and artist. And he’s a go-to guy for classic comic strip illustration.

This piece originally appeared on the February 2013 issue of Comics Revue, a long-running magazine of comic strip reprints. Back in the 1960s, King Features had its own line of comic books with their characters, and The Phantom ended with No. 28. When Charlton Comics took up the licence, they began with No. 30 which is perfectly in keeping with that company’s history of wacky issue numbering.

So we’re going to repurpose Keefe’s art here and make it the cover for King’s mythical issue No. 29.

Colour and packaging by me.

Comics Revue February 2013

As published.

The Phantom pencil art by Jim Keefe

Pencils by Jim Keefe.

The Phantom illustration by Jim Keefe

Final art by Jim Keefe.

Comic book production art by Scott Dutton

Art made production ready.

Comic book coloring by Scott Dutton

New colour version.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

Re-created trade dress added.


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