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The series has an interesting link to [[Alfred Bester]], who had previously worked on the Phantom and Mandrake when Falk served in the army. In an interviw Ron Goulart later remarked that Falk originally asked Alfred Bester to ghost-write a few novels. Bester was not interested and recommended Goulart for Falk.  
 
The series has an interesting link to [[Alfred Bester]], who had previously worked on the Phantom and Mandrake when Falk served in the army. In an interviw Ron Goulart later remarked that Falk originally asked Alfred Bester to ghost-write a few novels. Bester was not interested and recommended Goulart for Falk.  
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The series is reprinted by [[Hermes Press]] as part of their [http://www.phantomwiki.org/The_Complete_Series "The Complete Series"] - from November, 2016, and on.
  
 
=== Book List ===
 
=== Book List ===
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In 1973 Editorial Pala released "[[Pulp Colección de novela popular|Pulp Colección]]" ''(de novela popular)'', a series that printed the first issue from the Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake series. The covers were made by [[Enrique Torres]].
 
In 1973 Editorial Pala released "[[Pulp Colección de novela popular|Pulp Colección]]" ''(de novela popular)'', a series that printed the first issue from the Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake series. The covers were made by [[Enrique Torres]].
 
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Image:Coleccion-Pulp-01.jpg|Coleccion Pulp #1<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #1)<br>translated by<small> Rolando Hangling
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Image:Coleccion-Pulp-01.jpg|Coleccion Pulp #1<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #1)<br>translated by</small> Rolando Hangling
Image:Coleccion-Pulp-02.jpg|Coleccion Pulp #2<br><small>(Flash Gordon #1)<br>translated by<small> Rolando Hangling
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Image:Coleccion-Pulp-02.jpg|Coleccion Pulp #2<br><small>(Flash Gordon #1)<br>translated by</small> Rolando Hangling
Image:Pulpcolecction-03.jpg|[[Pulp Colección 3 (de novela popular)|Coleccion Pulp #3]]<br><small>(Mandrake the Magician #0)<br>translated by<small> Carlos Pumares
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Image:Pulpcolecction-03.jpg|[[Pulp Colección 3 (de novela popular)|Coleccion Pulp #3]]<br><small>(Mandrake the Magician #0)<br>translated by</small> Carlos Pumares
 
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=====Note=====
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The books also have some articles:
 
The books also have some articles:
 
*"La historia del Hombre Enmascarado": "El origen del Hombre Enmascarado" by Román Gubern, "El Hombre Enmascarado en el cine" by Luis Gasca, "El Hombre Enmascarado en España" by Antonio Martín, "La historia del Hombre Enmascarado" by Rolando Hangling and some pictures from the 1943 serial.
 
*"La historia del Hombre Enmascarado": "El origen del Hombre Enmascarado" by Román Gubern, "El Hombre Enmascarado en el cine" by Luis Gasca, "El Hombre Enmascarado en España" by Antonio Martín, "La historia del Hombre Enmascarado" by Rolando Hangling and some pictures from the 1943 serial.
 
*"Flash Gordon en las cavernas de Mongo": "Alex Raymond novelista" de Román Gubern, "Flash Gordon en el cine" Luis Gasca, "Flash Gordon en España" Antonio Martín and some pictures from the 1936 serial.
 
*"Flash Gordon en las cavernas de Mongo": "Alex Raymond novelista" de Román Gubern, "Flash Gordon en el cine" Luis Gasca, "Flash Gordon en España" Antonio Martín and some pictures from the 1936 serial.
*"Mandrake: la dimensión X": "Mandrake el Mago" by Óscar W. Benítez.  
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*"Mandrake: la dimensión X": "Mandrake el Mago" by Óscar W. Benítez.
  
 
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===== [[Image:mini_sweden.gif]] Sweden =====
 
In 1973 "Semic"  released the first book in their "Fantomen böckerna" series.
 
In 1973 "Semic"  released the first book in their "Fantomen böckerna" series.
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Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-01.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #1<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #4)<br>translated by</small> ?
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Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-02.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #2<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #2)<br>translated by</small> ?
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Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-03.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #3<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #6)<br>translated by</small> ?
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Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-04.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #4<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #3)<br>translated by</small> ?
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In 1978 "Förlags AB Semic" released the first book in their "Fantomen" series.
 
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Image:Fantomen-Bok-01.jpg|Fantomen #1<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #5)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
Image:Fantomen-Bok-01.jpg|Fantomen #1<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #5)<br>translated by</small> ?
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Image:Fantomen-Bok-03.jpg|Fantomen #3<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #12)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
Image:Fantomen-Bok-03.jpg|Fantomen #3<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #12)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
Image:Fantomen-Bok-04.jpg|Fantomen #4<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #15)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
Image:Fantomen-Bok-04.jpg|Fantomen #4<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #15)<br>translated by</small> ?
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In 1978 "Förlags AB Semic" released the first book in their "Fantomen" series.
 
<gallery>
 
Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-01.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #1<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #4)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-02.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #2<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #2)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-03.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #3<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #6)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
Image:Fantomen-Bockerna-04.jpg|Fantomen Böckerna #4<br><small>(The Story of the Phantom #3)<br>translated by</small> ?
 
 
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Avon Books and King Features Syndicate

Playing into the wave of nostalgia for Thirties and Forties pop culture "Avon Publications", in the years 1972-1975, published: 15 novels based on Lee Falk's Phantom stories and 6 novels based on Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon stories.

Looking at translated stories from these novels it looks like Mandrake also was part of the publishing program with paperback adventure novels chronicling the exploits of King Features' tree most famous comic strip heroes.

The Story of the Phantom

The Story of the Phantom is a series of 15 novels, published by Avon Publications in the U.S. from 1972 to 1975, based on Lee Falk's Phantom stories.

The series has an interesting link to Alfred Bester, who had previously worked on the Phantom and Mandrake when Falk served in the army. In an interviw Ron Goulart later remarked that Falk originally asked Alfred Bester to ghost-write a few novels. Bester was not interested and recommended Goulart for Falk.

The series is reprinted by Hermes Press as part of their "The Complete Series" - from November, 2016, and on.

Book List

Co-published by Avon Books and King Features Syndicate

Avon issue Date Title Adapted by Note
V2460 September, 1972 "The Story of the Phantom #1 (- The Ghost Who Walks)" Lee Falk *(1), Dedicated to: ".. the three foremost authorities on the Phantom in the whole world - my children - Valerie, Diane, and Conley."
V2470 November, 1972 "The Story of the Phantom #2 - The Slave Market of Mucar" Basil Copper *(5) *(1)
V2481 December, 1972 "The Story of the Phantom #3 - The Scorpia Menace" Basil Copper *(1)
14498 March, 1973 "The Story of the Phantom #4 - The Veiled Lady" Frank S. Shawn (pen name of Ron Goulart] *(1), *(7)
14894 May, 1973 "The Story of the Phantom #5 - The Golden Circle" Frank S. Shawn *(1)
15545 July, 1973 "The Story of the Phantom #6 - The Mysterious Ambassador" Lee Falk *(2), Dedicated to: "..Marie-Louise, Antony, and Rondi - my own beautiful little people of the Deep Woods - of Xanadu."
15867 August, 1973 "The Story of the Phantom #7 - The Mystery of the Sea Horse" Frank S. Shawn *(2)
17061 October, 1973 "The Story of the Phantom #8 - The Hydra Monster" Frank S. Shawn *(2)
17731 December, 1973 "The Story of the Phantom #9 - Killer's Town" Lee Falk *(2), *(12), Dedicated to: "..those good friends and bold pioneers who first introduced The Phantom to Europe and Latin America so many years ago: Paul Winkler of Paris, the late Bjarne Steinsvik of Stockholm, Salvador Mendoza of Mexico City, and Percy Forster of Buenos Aires."
18184 February, 1974 "The Story of the Phantom #10 - The Goggle-Eyed Pirates" Frank S. Shawn *(5) *(2), *(12)
18820 April, 1974 "The Story of the Phantom #11 - The Swamp Rats" Frank S. Shawn *(2), *(12)
19406 June, 1974 "The Story of the Phantom #12 - The Vampires and the Witch" Lee Falk *(3), *(8), *(12), Dedicated to: "This Book is for Elizabeth, My Favorite Witch"
23085 February, 1975 "The Story of the Phantom #13 - The Island of Dogs" Warren Shanahan *(3), *(9), *(12)
23283 April, 1975 "The Story of the Phantom #14 - The Assassins" Carson Bingham *(3), *(10), *(12)
24729 July, 1973 "The Story of the Phantom #15 - The Curse of the Two-Headed Bull" Lee Falk *(6) *(4), *(11), *(12), Dedicated to: "..to the loving memory of my beautiful mother and dad."

Notes

  • (1) Prolog: How it all began by Lee Falk, New York 1972.
  • (2) Prolog: How it all began by Lee Falk, New York 1973.
  • (3) Prolog: How it all began by Lee Falk, New York 1974.
  • (4) Prolog: How it all began by Lee Falk, New York 1975.
  • (5) The adaptor is not credited in the book.
  • (6) The adaptor is wrongly credited as Carson Bingham in the book.
  • (7) Author's note by Lee Falk (correction about the adaptors for the six first issues).
  • (8) Author's note by Lee Falk (correction about the adaptors for the twelve first issues).
  • (9) Author's note by Lee Falk (correction about the adaptors for the thirteen first issues).
  • (10) Author's note by Lee Falk (correction about the adaptors for the fourtheen first issues).
  • (11) Author's note by Lee Falk (correction about the adaptors for the fifteen first issues).
  • (12) With the Phantom, everything is possible -except boredom by Francis Lacassin, Paris June, 1972.

Cover Gallery

The covers for the novels were done by George Wilson, previously known for his work on US "The Phantom" comic books.

Translated versiones

Several of the books were translated:

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Two unnumbered issues, released by Interpresse in 1973.

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In 1974 (to 1978) the German Kelter Verlag released "Kelter Abenteuer", a series of 52 issues featuring several figures as: "Phantom" (15 issues), "Geisterkrimi" (15 issues), "Ren Dhark" (6 issues), "Piraten" (6 issues) and "Richard Blade" (10 issues).

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According to Aroon Kalandy Regal Publications published around 10 novels with "The Phantom" in about 1986.

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The first Phantom novel was released in the "Collana Oscar Mondadori" series (#692) by Mondadori in July 1976. (The Story of the Phantom #1, translated by Giovanni d'Eramo)

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In 1973 "Nordisk Forlag" A/S released the first book in their "Fantomet" series.

In 1978 A/S "Hjemmet - Bladforlaget" released the first book in their "Super-pocket" series.

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In July 1974 Portugal Press released the first book in their "O Fantasma" series.

Interesting in May 1975 Portugal Press released a first issue of a Mandrake (?) series, with a cover by Carlos Alberto Dos Santos.

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In 1973 Editorial Pala released "Pulp Colección" (de novela popular), a series that printed the first issue from the Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake series. The covers were made by Enrique Torres.

Note

The books also have some articles:

  • "La historia del Hombre Enmascarado": "El origen del Hombre Enmascarado" by Román Gubern, "El Hombre Enmascarado en el cine" by Luis Gasca, "El Hombre Enmascarado en España" by Antonio Martín, "La historia del Hombre Enmascarado" by Rolando Hangling and some pictures from the 1943 serial.
  • "Flash Gordon en las cavernas de Mongo": "Alex Raymond novelista" de Román Gubern, "Flash Gordon en el cine" Luis Gasca, "Flash Gordon en España" Antonio Martín and some pictures from the 1936 serial.
  • "Mandrake: la dimensión X": "Mandrake el Mago" by Óscar W. Benítez.
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In 1973 "Semic" released the first book in their "Fantomen böckerna" series.

In 1978 "Förlags AB Semic" released the first book in their "Fantomen" series.

Flash Gordon

Book List

Avon issue Date Title Adapted by Note
18515 March, 1974 "Flash Gordon #1 The Lion Men of Mongo" Con Steffanson (pen name of Ron Goulart)
19166 May, 1974 "Flash Gordon #2 The Plague of Sound" Con Steffanson (pen name of Ron Goulart)
19695 July, 1974 "Flash Gordon #3 The Space Circus" Con Steffanson (pen name of Ron Goulart)
20446 September 1974 "Flash Gordon #4 The Time Trap of Ming XIII" Con Steffanson (pen name of Bruce Cassidy
21378 1974 "Flash Gordon #5 The Witch Queen of Mongo" Carson Bingham (pen name of Bruce Cassidy)
22335 January, 1975 "Flash Gordon #6 The War of the Cybernauts" Carson Bingham (pen name of Bruce Cassidy)

Cover Gallery

The covers for the novels were done by George Wilson, previously known for his work on US "The Phantom" comic books

Mandrake the Magician

Book List

Avon issue Date Title Adapted by Note
none 1973 (?) Mandrake the Magician #0 Chamber into the X Dimension" Dick Fulton