The Phantom OZ Con Comic Convention prints were produced by Frew Publications in Australia in 1995. The prints consist of a set of 4, measuring 10” x 7”, printed in full color with a gloss finish.
Frew Publications was founded in 1948 by Ron Forsyth, Jim Richardson, Jack Eisen & Peter Watson (the Frew name was derived by the last initials of each founder name). Frew Publications boasts the longest running English language Phantom comic book series in the world. Its 1st issue was published on the 9th of September, 1948 and contained the US newspaper reprint, The Slave Traders, by Lee Falk and Ray Moore. Frew Publications of Australia is still alive and well today.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s Australian Frew Publications publisher Jim Shepard was in constant contact with Sweden’s Fantomen Semic Publications. Jim Shepard was impressed with the periodic supplemental posters that were inside select Swedish Fantomen comic books.
Between 1989 and 1990 Jim Shepard chose 4 of his favorite images, that of Swedish posters, and used them as back covers to his Phantom comic books.
At a later date, to coincide with the 1995 Oz Con Comic Convention, Jim Shepard decided to produce a limited number of high quality prints using the same 4 images which were seen on the back covers of his Phantom comic books. They were issued exclusively at the convention.
Frew #935A – 1989
Originally published as a poster in Fantomen comic book number 10, 1986 for the ‘Best Fantomen Comic Cover’ issue number 2, 1985. Art by Jaime Vallvé.
Frew #941 – 1989
Originally published as a ‘Scheduling’ poster in Fantomen comic book number 1, 1988. Art by Rolf Goghs.
Frew #961 – 1990
Originally published as a comic book cover for Fantomen comic book number 7, 1971. Art by an unknown artist.
Frew #974 – 1991
Originally published as a generic centerfold poster in Fantomen comic book number 10, 1989. Art by Terje Aspmo.
Thank you Christopher Smith for assisting with images and information.