Fletcher Hanks's Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle
(Note: Fantomah is now sold out; please complete the form on this page if you missed out and are interested in a second edition). The first superheroine in the history of comics is now available as a limited edition, hand painted polyresin figurine! Created by the enigmatic Fletcher Hanks, Fantomah is a mysterious supernatural protector of the African jungles who inflicts bizarre and brutal punishments on evildoers. She is sculpted at 1/21 scale and stands 3.75" (9.5 cm) tall, with a weight of .6 oz (17 g). The production run is limited to 150 pieces and divided into 3 color variants: the white (90 pieces), yellow (10 pieces), and blue (50 pieces) skull editions, each based on a specific color scheme from the original comics. Each variant has its own label, is individually numbered, and comes in a box with a unique full color printed sleeve.
To reduce the chance of breakage, the figurine is packaged separately from the base; a small drop of super glue is required to attach it.
Fantomah, Mystery of Woman of the Jungle, is probably Fletcher Hanks's second most well known creation after Stardust. She is the first superheroine in comics, appearing in Jungle Comics #2 (February 1940) published by Fiction House, predating the first appearance of Wonder Woman by almost 2 years.
A mysterious supernatural being who protects the jungles of Africa, Fantomah possesses near limitless magical power, including the powers of flight, levitation of other objects, and the ability to mutate her adversaries into any form imaginable. When the jungle or its inhabitants are under threat, Fantomah can instantly change from a beautiful blonde woman to a frightening skull-faced wraith capable of inflicting bizarre and brutal punishments on evildoers. All of the Fantomah tales drawn by Hanks have been collected in two fantastic books edited by Paul Karasik, I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! and You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!, both published by Fantagraphics.
The add some variety to the production run of the figurine, we're offering three color variants of the character: the White Skull Edition with a red skirt from the "Diamond Thieves" story in Jungle Comics #7 (July 1940), published by Fiction House; the Yellow Skull Edition from "The Super-Gorillas" in Jungle Comics #4 (April 1940); and the Blue Skull Edition based on Fantomah's appearance in "Org's Giant Spiders" featured in Jungle Comics #15 (March 1941) .
We had to take some liberties in translating the figure to 3D; for instance, the skirt is translucent in the original comics, but it isn't possible to achieve this effect at such a small scale, so we are using paint to simulate it. There is also considerable variation in the skirt length from story to story; we have chosen a mid-thigh length as a compromise. Otherwise, the figurine is very close to Hanks's original vision.
Scaling and Packaging
The gallery below provides a good idea of the size of the piece, which is equivalent to a standard Eaglemoss figurine. Fantomah is the same height as the Wonder Woman figurine and fits well in a collection of both Golden Age and female super hero characters.
Fantomah is protected by a soft polyethylene foam to minimize the chance of breakage in transit. The figurine is very light and probably will not survive a fall from a tabletop, so please handle carefully. The fingers are especially delicate and fragile.