Romano Felmang is a comic book artist, born in Rome, Italy in 1941. After graduating from high school, he continued his studies while entering the work world as a technical illustrator. His first experiences in the field of comic strip illustration came in 1964.
The Italian artist has a long career within the comic book industry, including his huge body of work on the Phantom. His wide range of artistic skills range from illustrating comic covers to illustrating full comic strip stories.
In 1967, Felmang was employed to illustrate a full Phantom adventure for Italian publisher Fratelli Spada titled ‘Raiders of the Great King’s Tomb’, which would later be published in France by Editions des Remparts in 1968 and in Australia by Frew Publication in 2016.
Felmang has worked with over 50 publishers throughout his career across a variety of countries:
- Fratelli Spada in Italy
- Globa Editora in Brazil
- Editions des Remparts in France
- Frew Publications in Australia
- Semic in Hungary
- Wolf Publishing in UK
- Semic/Egmont in Sweden
- Comics Review in USA
A sample of Felmangs comic strip story art can be seen below, in both black and white and color.
A sample of Felmangs comic cover illustrations can be seen below.
Felmangs Phantom art is very true to the character and his style is not only easily recognizable, but due to it’s vibrancy and creativity, it’s beautiful art to view.
He’s illustrated a large number of stories featuring a variety of comic book characters besides the Phantom, including Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby, and Secret Agent X-9.
In 1967, Felmang created his own comic book characters, Silman the Frogman and Keen Suman, both successfully published in Italy. He both wrote the stories and illustrated the comic strips found within the comic books.
Toward the middle of the 1980s, following the decline in popularity of comics in Italy, Felmangs work increased due to publishers requesting his skills from international publishing houses, with King Features Syndicate employing him in 1986 to work on large projects featuring the Phantom. Such countries to publish Felmangs work at this time include those in Northern Europe (Sweden, Finland, Norway, etc), plus Australia, England, USA and Brazil.