DuckTales hype is through the roof as we have the upcoming return of DuckTales (2017) Season 3 in late September. The first episode title has been revealed to be “The Phantom and the Sorcerer!” for September 21st.
The Phantom in the episode title has to refer to a member of F.O.W.L. that has been secretly disguised in Duckburg as the Funso’s Fun Zone mascot…The Phantom Blot.
The Phantom Blot is a character created by Floyd Gottfredson that originated from a 1939 Mickey Mouse comic strip titled “Outwits the Phantom Blot”.
In an effort to educate ourselves more on the origins of this mysterious character before his DuckTales episode begins, we will be diving into Fantagraphics fantastic book catalog.
It all started with a Mouse, Floyd Gottfredson’s classic Phantom Blot origin story is restored in Fantagraphic’s “Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot”.
The Phantom Blot’s next comic appearance was in 1955 in the Italian comics written by Guido Martina and illustrated by Romano Scaro. These comics were restored and collected in Fantagraphic’s “Disney Masters Vol. 5: Mickey Mouse: The Phantom Blot’s Double Mystery.”
The Phantom Blot made his return to comics in a seven issue series illustrated by Paul Murray in 1964 which was appropriately titled, “The Return of Phantom Blot.”
Fantagraphic’s will be releasing “Disney Masters Vol 15: Mickey Mouse: New Adventures of the Phantom Blot” in 2021. This volume will also have the first appearance of Goofy as Super Goof. The Phantom Blot even assembles his own villain crew which includes the Beagle Boys and Mad Madam Mim to battle against Mickey, Donald, Scrooge, and Super Goof. Sword in the Stones fans will love that villain crossover.
We will be reviewing the first two books listed above soon as we approach the highly anticipated debut of the Phantom Blot (voiced by Frank Welker) on DuckTales. We invite you to read along with us. Links to order all three Phantom Blot books are provided above.
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