Fantom-Hefte – Carl Allers Etablissement A/S

Fantom-Hefte (which translates to ‘Phantom-Booklet’) is a comic book series published in Denmark by Carl Allers Etablissement A/S from 1952 thru until 1954. 23 editions were published on the last Tuesday of each month, containing a mix of comic book characters per edition, including Flash Gordon, Felix The Cat, Blondie, Mandrake the Magician, Prince Valiant, Rip Kirby and more.

Aller Press A/S was established by Carl Aller and his wife Laura Aller in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1873 as a publishing house. In the 1890s, Aller Press branched out to neighboring Nordic counties, Sweden and Norway, then to Finland in 1992.

It mainly published weekly lifestyle magazines, which also reported on celebrities and the royal family. Up to 34 magazine titles are published per month, with the standout being ‘Allers’, a woman’s lifestyle magazine.

Allers magazine started off under the title of ‘Illustreret Familie-Journal’ in Denmark in 1877. Although the title of the magazine changed over the years, to ‘Allers Family Journal’ then simply ‘Allers’, it was groundbreaking at the time as it introduced crosswords and comic strips into the magazine. Allers magazine is still in circulation in Norway, the longest running magazine published in the region.

In 2009, Aller Press A/S changed it’s name to Aller Media A/S, however it published under a variety of names since it was established in 1873, including Carl Allers Etablissement, Aller Press and Allers Forlag.

Aller Media A/S is still active to this day in the Nordic region of Europe, not only releasing new publications into new genres, but also buy other publishing houses and magazine titles.

Fantom-Hefte also featured the Phantom, appearing within 14 (edition numbers 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23) of the 23 comic books. He is found on 20 covers, either as a full page illustration or a profile image. The Phantom is published under his Danish title of Fantomet.

Fantom-Hefte are published in full color containing 32 pages and measure 18.5cm x 25.5cm. All text found in the comic books is in Danish. All 23 editions in the series can be seen below.

A sample of internal pages can be seen below.

Fantom-Hefte comics were advertised in other Aller Press A/S publications. Kong Kylie edition number 2 published in 1953 contains an advertisement for Fantom-Hefte edition number 5.