|Phantom punishing a young girl old school style|
For Indian readers this is unread in coloured form (for most even in any form) as it was not published in indrajal comics. In fact they never published any of the Moore's strips. It seems a curious case as to why they overlooked some of the best phantom stories while giving space for some non-Falkian stories from franchisees from american publishing houses e.g. charlton etc.
I had actually completed the colouring work on this project a month ago but wanted to post translated version (into hindi) together with this original english version, so was waiting for that. Busy work schedule compelled me to defer the working on hindi version. Finally just posting the english one here. Hope to present the hindi translation soon for the hindi readers.
|Diana with mother|
Talking about the story, it is one of those early adventure where the story revolve around misunderstandings and feelings of insecurities between young couple in love, i.e., Phantom and Diana. Phantom on his way to meet Diana in Paris is forced to miss his ship in Algiers by some small town thugs. All his attempts to reach Diana in time are proved futile. Madam Lily (Diana's mother) is not particularly happy about her daughter being engaged with a mysterious jungle man whom she doesn't like or believe at all. In her effort to "save" Diana from infatuation towards this strange maskedman, she adopts every method to deter the meeting between the two youngsters.
It's a well knitted plot, embedded with crispy dialogues and dynamic sequences. The writer was in his thirtees at the time of writing this one and the energy of this master creator can be felt coming out and touching the heart of the reader.
With this project I have personally achieved another milestone of bringing to colour the works of all three major Phantom artists. First it was Sy Barry's masterful work in S136, then Wilson McCoy in D060 and in S040 and now Ray Moore himself in this one, D006. Next on agenda is to finish the pending work on Mandrake adventure D017 - The Deep South, which I had taken some time ago and is waiting to be completed. That art is from one more brilliant but underappreciated artist Phil Davis.
I would also like to announce another project. This one is one of its kind, never ever thought by anyone. Won't disclose the details at the moment but it will be here in front of you all very soon, sooner than you expect.
Adventure in Algiers (Coloured)