Fletcher Hanks’s Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle Figurine Now Available from Goldenagefigurines.com
February 6, 2014
Goldenagefigurines.com has recently released a figurine of Fletcher Hanks’s Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle, the second figurine in the Golden Age Comics Figurine Collection:
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.
Fantomah is sculpted at 1/21 scale and stands 3.75″ (9.5 cm) tall, with a weight of .6 oz (17 g). This is to the same scale as the Marvel and DC superhero figurines produced by Eaglemoss of England. 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. Prices range from $17.95 to $22.95, depending on the variant, and the figurine can be purchased at Goldenagefigurines.comeBay, and Amazon. Less than 50 remain in stock, with the yellow and blue skull editions almost sold out. 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.
Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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