Comics Mastermind™ Founder and CEO Julie Ditrich has just officially become the first Australian woman comic book writer on The Phantom with the release of her 44-page comic book story The Adventure of the Dragon’s Leg, which has just been published in The Treasures of Drakon: The Red Dragon Saga trade paperback by Frew Publications. Julie is also historically the sixth credited woman comic book writer in the world1 to write for The Phantom. The story, which is illustrated by Brazillian artist Wendell Cavalcanti, is a sequel to three comic book stories, originally published in the 1970s, that focus on The Phantom’s battle with a deadly and obsessive female villain, driven not only to possess him but also to exact revenge on him in the most horrific manner.
The Phantom was originally created by US writer Lee Falk and first published in 1936 as a daily newspaper comic strip series. It is still being published to this day in that particular format, albeit with new writer and artist teams who came on board both before and after Falk’s death in 1999. The Phantom is also published in comic books, graphic novels and prose anthologies, and has also been adapted into other media—namely film, television and video games.
Julie has also recently completed scripting a four-part series of The Phantom called Return of the Golden Circle, which will be published in 2022, and has been commissioned to write an additional two series after that.
The Phantom is owned by King Features in the USA and is licensed locally by Frew Publications, which was has been publishing The Phantom in Australia since its inception in 1948.
The Treasures of Drakon: The Red Dragon Saga is available on the Frew Publications website from 15 February 2021: https://www.phantomcomic.com.au/
A comic book trailer of The Adventure of the Dragon’s Leg can be viewed on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/CH2_Rvbu5VY
1 There may have been some uncredited women comic book writers who supported male creators, and there are several credited women prose writers of The Phantom stories.