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CBR presents an unique preview of Archie Comics’ Bob Phantom #1, which options the return of the writer’s first-ever costumed crime fighter.

Archie Comics is reviving Bob Phantom, the writer’s first-ever superhero who debuted throughout comics’ Golden Age.

CBR has the unique preview of Bob Phantom #1, which hits cabinets on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The one-shot was produced by author James III, artists Richard Ortiz and Juan Bobillo, colorist Glenn Whitmore and letterer Jack Morelli, and includes a primary cowl by Tim Seely and Matt Herms, in addition to a variant cowl by Jamal Igle. It was impressed by the Bob Phantom character who first appeared in Blue Ribbon Comics #2 written by Harry Shorten and illustrated by Irv Novick, and revealed in December 1939 by MLJ (now Archie Comics).

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Archie Comics’ official Bob Phantom #1 synopsis describes the one-shot’s premise as follows: “By day, he is Walter Whitney, a fledgling theater columnist with a wild creativeness, however by night time he is Bob Phantom, the ‘Scourge of the Underworld’ — or is he? Utilizing his energy to turn into immaterial, Walt beats up criminals after which breaks the information of his exploits in his newspaper column… however New York Metropolis just isn’t because it as soon as was, and with much less crime which means much less information. So, if there is not any crime left to combat, there’s just one factor to do: create enemies. Is Bob Phantom actually the Scourge of the Underworld, or its chief?”

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James III, greatest often known as one of many co-creators of Netflix’s Astronomy Membership: The Sketch Present, not too long ago commented on the method of updating Bob Phantom whereas selling the one-shot’s upcoming launch. “The latest Archie titles Jughead’s Time Police and [Rob] Liefeld’s The Defend offered an important blueprint for how you can deliver these traditional characters to a contemporary viewers,” he stated. “I needed to search out my very own method into the time-bending system utilized in these books the place we really see the Golden and Silver Age variations of those characters on the web page with out opening a literal portal to the previous.”

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Bob Phantom editorial spread

“There’s loads of humor and world bending on this first subject,” III continued. “However there are demons on this story. If this title expanded past the one-shot, there can be extra ghosts, extra horror, and sure, there will likely be blood.” The supernatural parts III refers to mirror Archie Comics’ willingness to embrace the horror style in recent times. The writer launched the Archie Horror imprint in 2015, with February 2023’s one-shot Chilling Adventures Presents… Betty: The Last Lady performing as the subsequent title slated for launch underneath that label.

Archie Comics’ 32-page Bob Phantom #1 one-shot goes on sale Nov. 30, 2022, and retails for $3.99.

Supply: Archie Comics