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Frew

Introducing Frew Publications

While The Phantom is Frew Publications' most famous and only remaining comic, from the late 1940s the company also published a wide range of other reprints and original Australian comics.

In 1948, Ron Forsyth, Jim Richardson, Jack Eisen and Peter Watson put in £500 each to found Frew, using an acronym of their four surnames to name the new company—although Eisen and Watson withdrew before the first comic was produced. For the next 40 years, Forsyth and Richardson shaped the company into an Australian icon.

The Phantom was Frew's first monthly publication, picked up from the Australian Woman's Mirror and first published on 9 September 1948. Frew continues to publish the series today and holds the record for the world's longest unbroken run of Phantom comics.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
Australia Blue Diamond Publishing Co.
1953 – 1957
5
(5 comics)
78
(78 comics)
5.1 %
(4 of 78)
32.1 %
(25 of 78)
Australia Crestwood Publications
1955?
5
(5 comics)
15
(15 comics)
6.7 %
(1 of 15)
80.0 %
(12 of 15)
Australia Frew Publications
195-?
14
(12 comics)
90
(60 comics)
1.1 %
(1 of 90)
47.8 %
(43 of 90)
Australia Frew Publications Pty Limited
1948 – 2015?
39
(38 comics)
2328
(2315 comics)
3.4 %
(80 of 2328)
86.2 %
(2006 of 2328)
Australia Magazine Productions Pty. Limited
1955? – 1960?
0
(No comics)
0
(No comics)
0.0 %
(0 of 0)
0.0 %
(0 of 0)
Australia Tricho Publications Pty. Ltd.
1958? – 196-?
11
(11 comics)
229
(229 comics)
2.2 %
(5 of 229)
78.6 %
(180 of 229)
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