The Phantom Society of Great Britain was established by Wolf Publishing in 1992 in Birmingham, England. The club ended with the publication of the comic book series in 1993.
The Phantom Society of Great Britain was authorized by King Features Syndicate with all paraphernalia the club issued being Trade Marked.
We first see The Phantom Society of Great Britain being advertised in Wolf Publishing’s Phantom number 1.
Then in Phantom comic number 2, we see the following advertisement.
We don’t see any advertising for the club in Phantom numbers 3, 7, 8 and 9, but we do see the following advertising in Phantom comic numbers 4, 5 and 6.
Once the above application forms were mailed to Wolf Publishing, the following kit was mailed to the new The Phantom Society of Great Britain club member. As the above advertisements note, the kit contains a club certificate, uncut Phantom trading cards, a badge and a membership card.
The first 4 Phantom comics in the series printed by Wolf Publishing contained pre-printed numbers from 1 to 100000 on the comics splash page.
Comic book subscribers were also automatically added to The Phantom Society of Great Britain club and received a free membership kit (as seen above), with a numbered certificate. The certificate number would correspond with the pre-printed number on the comic splash page, so that the club member would receive the same numbered comic as their membership/certificate number.
Membership certificates varied slightly based on if you were a subscriber to the comic book series, or simply returned the coupon found within a comic. The ‘red skull’ stamp is the most obvious difference.
There was a delay in issuing The Phantom Society of Great Britain fan club membership packs, the below letter was mailed to members highlighting a delay with the Trading Cards which were consequently mailed to members at a later date. The below letter was mailed with the club certificate, the badge and the membership card.
Serving as a form of business card, the Wolf Publication promotional trading card was issued with some of The Phantom Society of Great Britain fan club membership packs that were issued. The promotional trading card wasn’t a standard inclusion.
Members of The Phantom Society of Great Britain didn’t receive newsletters like we traditionally see with other Phantom clubs, instead, letters and pictures are sent in to the editor at Wolf Publishing, with a few pages of the comic dedicated to these submissions.
We see a variation to the above membership kit appearing on auction site, eBay. With this kit, we not only see a club certificate, uncut Phantom trading cards, a badge and a membership card, but also a triangle cloth patch and a skull ring.
Thank you Christopher Smith for assisting with images and information.