Patrick, Kevin: "“Phans”, not “Fans”. The Phantom and Australian comic-book fandom." In: Participations 9.2 (2012), S. 133–158, <http://www.participatio ... ue%202/10%20Patrick.pdf>.
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Keywords: "The Phantom", Australia, Comic strip, Falk. Lee, Fandom, Reception, Superhero, USA
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The Phantom is an American comic-strip character who, at the time of his debut in 1936, became the forerunner of the costumed superhero, but whose popularity was eclipsed by the subsequent appearance of Superman in 1938. Although historically neglected in the United States, The Phantom comic strip enjoyed consistently greater popularity overseas – most notably in Australia, which today hosts the world’s oldest edition of The Phantom comic book. This paper will argue that the dissemination of The Phantom in Australia’s pre-war print media culture, particularly through women’s magazines, greatly influenced its public reception and cemented the character’s appeal amongst mainstream audiences. This paper further examines the role played by Australian fans of the Phantom – or “phans”, as they preferred to be called – in using print and online media to sustain public interest in the character, and thus entered into a symbiotic – and occasionally adversarial – relationship with The Phantom’s commercial gatekeepers.
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