Monday, January 24, 2011

Charlton Notebook: The Phantom #42

For the most part, this is a pretty run of the mill Pat Boyette-era issue of The Phantom. The first story involves some elephant poachers. It isn't anything special, although there are some interesting layouts by Boyette. The middle story centres around a rich man rewarding the tribe that saved his life. There's a not so subtle 'too many trinkets spoil the natives' message in this one, and it's quite humorous in its misguided earnestness. The final story is the strongest, with The Phantom temporarily stuck in a Most Dangerous Game type scenario. I like Boyette's artwork, but I can certain understand why it is not universally loved. There are two gorgeous, uncredited, one-pager about exploring the west. Does anyone know who drew those? They have a bit of an Al Williamson feel to them.

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