When The Phantom Became Swedish – The Worldview Of The Left In Knitwear is the title of Robert Aman‘s new book, published by Daidalos in Sweden.
The 292 page hardcover book published in Swedish text, explores social and political view points of the Phantom within Sweden and the impact he’s had as a comic book character within this region of the world, from the perspective of it’s author, Robert Aman.
The publisher gives as a brief overview of the books contents:
The cartoon character The Phantom appeared in the Swedish press already in the early 1940s, but it was not until the 1970s, a decade when a strong left-wing wave washed over Sweden, that the Phantom seriously became “Swedish”. The magazine then gets a Swedish editorial board, “Team Fantomen”, which allows the Phantom to devote himself to everything from colonial liberation struggles to gender equality and to opening a Consumption in the jungle. And in the middle of it all, the Phantom is of course a present father, just taken.
His book allows us to meet both the superhero in tights and a Sweden in a political and social turning point.
Robert Aman, born in 1982, is an assistant professor of pedagogy at Linköping University, where he researches and teaches comics.
In February 2020, he released a book titled The Phantom Comics And The New Left, published by Palgrave Macmillan, also in Sweden.
This first publication was also thoroughly researched and provided us with an in-depth and thought-provoking perspective on what and how a comic book character and his comics, such as the Phantom, could impact or even shape a society.
The publishers website, Daidalos, can be found HERE
To purchase a copy off the Bokus website HERE