The Ghost Who Walks
My illustration is based off of The Phantom from the is a 1943 classic Columbia Pictures cliffhanger serial starringTom Tyler in the title role. The serial is based on Lee Falk’s comic strip The Phantom. The illustration also features Ace the Wonder Dog as the Phantom’s trusty German shepherd Devil (who is a wolf in the original comic).
The original pen and ink illustration is from my 8th sketchbook. Since the Phantom already is a comic book super hero, it truly was a perfect fit for my LickedinPop Series. My exploration of Roy Lichtenstein inspired illustrations.
The Phantom is believed to have lived for more than 400 years. But in reality, this is just a myth. The Phantom is an ordinary human being. Almost every Phantom has married a woman of Royal Blood. They have had sons, most of whom have shared the name, Kit Walker. When a father Phantom retires from his work as Phantom, his son takes his place, swears the oath and becomes the new Phantom. Then the father is buried inside a secret burial chamber inside the Skull Cave. – Pretty cool, huh? (Kind of like growing up in New Jersey)
The other cool fact is when The Phantom comic strip was created in 1936 the character was the very first to wear the skin tight body suit that became the staple for all future super heroes!
Dig that underwear. It’s always fun to see old 40s and 50s movie actors dressed as super heroes. The suits or muscles just don’t measure up to today’s standards. The publicity photos for these movie serials are such a blast. They seem so awkward that I loved drawing them.
I swear to devote my life to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice! And my sons, and their sons, shall follow me!
All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of ‘The Phantom’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!