Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P is for …Phantom

The Phantom has been around a long time. He was invented for comics by Lee Falk in 1936 and he's found his way onto the small and big screen since. Of course, I didn't know that when I saw Billy Zane's performance in 1996. What I did know was that I loved it. Not everyone does, of course. Even I'll admit that those purple pajamas are a little ridiculous.

I also didn't know that The Phantom was the first superheroic character to wear a skintight action outfit like that. He was also the first to use the mask that disguised even his eyes. He didn't have any superpowers beyond knowledge and training. Much like Batman, he was a detective first and foremost.

In 1996, I wasn't the pulp enthusiast I am now becoming, though I had enjoyed several stories of that sort. I'm not sure I even knew the term for it. I guess I've always been drawn to stories that intermix fantastical and more realistic elements, humor and drama, action and philosophy. After seeing this film, I began to seek out more of these kinds of stories. So, my thanks to Mr. Falk for creating such an inspiring and intriguing character. He brought me one of the great joys of my life.
This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I'll be writing about superheroes I love all month. You can check out other bloggers and see their creative takes on the challenge here.

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  1. I agree with you--I like characters that are a mix of the real and the fantastical. I did not know Billy Zane was in that movie--I may have to track that down!

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  2. I saw that movie when I was a teenager and loved it. My mom had a friend who owned it and I'd borrow it and watch it over and over.

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  3. Not sure I have heard of the Phantom before, but I have to agree purple wouldn't be exactly my color of choice for a super hero!

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  4. I first say Phantom in Defenders of the Earth, the cartoon, but I love the Billy Zane version too :). It's silly, but so much fun.
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  5. I enjoyed the phantom too. Will he have a comeback too? I can understand your fascination, no super powers, just intelligence and cunning, oh and a few muscles. :)

  6. I have to admit I enjoyed the Phantom movie. I also enjoyed the comic years ago (even then it was considered old).
    Kind of a lost sort of hero in today's world really.

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