PHANTOM OF THE OPERA FANZINES
Back in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, fans of the Phantom story had fewer options for sharing and self-publishing their work; the internet was in its infancy and traditional publishing houses were expensive, difficult to gain access to, and likely to reject any derivative work based on an existing story. Writers and artists therefore turned to the creation of fanzines: independently created, edited, and circulated magazines made by fans and for fans, featuring fandom information and gossip as well as stories, artwork, and discussion based on the Phantom story.
While these fanzines were almost exclusively published in paper formats and few copies of them remain, those that are still around represent a bygone chapter in the history of self-published fan material and an interesting look into Phantom story trends and plots over time. The Phantom Library is excited to preserve and present Phantom fanzines in digital format for those who never had access to them in their original form!