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What this country needs is a good five dollar comic

The Chronicle Chamber reports that Indian publishers Regal are celebrating their second anniversary by releasing a special edition of The ghost comics.

To celebrate their second anniversary, Regal is releasing a 164-page special #25 instead of the normal 56-page issues they’ve been publishing for a year. As with all their numbers, it’s in color.

The retail price is INR 800 with a special pre-order price of INR 720, which is 10 US, 15 AU$, 10 € and 100 sek/nok.

The comic contains four Sunday adventures from The Phantom comic.

  • The wise” by Tony DePaul and Terry Beatty

  • The rat must die” by Tony DePaul and Jeff Weigel

  • Vigil at Phantom Head” by Tony DePaul and Jeff Weigel

  • The visitor” by Tony DePaul and Jeff Weigel

These stories are originally from the years 2016 to 2021. From The Phantom Wiki:

It is to highlight that “The rat must die“It’s the longest history of Sunday and it will be the first time”The visitorwill have been published in the form of a comic strip, notably before Fresh and Ghosts.

Royal really up the game with their publications that other publishers could learn from printing the cover in a laminated softcover with glue binding and the 164 pages on a nice glossy paper.

The Phantom © King Features Syndicate.

Regal Publishing’s 48-page comics cost around US$2.50.

Since mainstream comics no longer exist…

I’d like to see an American publisher publish regular 48-56 page comics reprinting daily and Sunday comics. Perhaps King Features could revive its comics division with Prince Valiant, The Phantom, Popeye, Flash Gordon, Mark Trail, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee and others. An occasional King-Sized special would be great.

Andrews McMeel has a publishing arm. Driveway Oops, Frazz. Lio, Rip Haywire, Luann, Over the Hedge, and others who don’t currently get paperbacks could fill a comic book imprint.

Tribune Contents Agency has access to cheap (well, not so cheap) printing presses and newsprint and new tapes from Dick Tracy, Gasoline Alley, Brewster Rockit, Broom-Hilda and Gil Thorp; and oldies like Annie and Brenda Starr with never-reprinted 21st century stories.

Yeah, it’s a pipe dream… but I still dream.