Item description for Fantomas in America by David White...
Everyone thought that the Lord of Terror known as Fantmas had perished aboard the Titanic in April 1912, but they were wrong! Fantmas returns in 1917 New York, on the eve of America entering the Great War. His diabolical plot: to capture Professor Harrington, the only man to know the secret of Eldorado and gold-making. His goal: to rule the New World. His method: to spread terror! The only man who stands in his way: Detective Frederick Dickson. This original Fantmas novel by David White is inspired from the long-lost 1920 American Fantmas serial written by Edward Sedwick & George Eshenfelder for the Fox Film Corporation. It is illustrated with 50 rare stills and advertising art from the serial.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Hollywood Comics
ISBN 1934543071 ISBN13 9781934543078
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Who is FANTOMAS??? Jan 23, 2008
Never heard of Fantomas? You'll have his name on your lips from this day forward - Trust me.
FANTOMAS IN AMERICA is a page-turner of the highest order - I can't recommend it strongly enough. What author David White has done - taking fragments of a lost movie serial featuring an obscure (to many modern readers) literary figure and pumping it to bursting with fresh, hot, adrenaline-infused blood - is nothing short of a miracle. Exotic and cinematic in its imagery yet thoroughly literary in its execution, this is a thriller unlike few others you are likely to encounter. Armed with more gadgets and megalomania than ten James Bond villains, master-of-disguise supercriminal Fantomas brings his sociopathic and murderous ways to Depression-era Manhattan and soon has worked his icy fingers around the throats of the entire city. Can anyone stop him? Warning: You'll likely to leave friction burns on the corners of your pages as you race through this breakneck tale of romance and adventure, of science and fantasy, of unsullied goodness and unqualified evil. Filled with countless references to other books, films and public figures, which only adds to the fun.
One of the best works of fiction I've read in ages, and that's saying something.
An amazing achievement Jan 9, 2008
I bought this not knowing what to expect--as a longtime fan of Fantomas and a collector of the antique copies of English translations from the 1920s, I figured I had to get this simply to be completist, but I am skeptical of fan fiction in general. What anyone reading this review needs to know, is that David White has written a real BOOK, one that is thrilling and funny and thoughtful and engaging and everything a book should be. If Marcel Allain were alive today, he would certainly grant his approval to this extraordinary modern extension of the Fantomas line. The serious fan will appreciate the clever ways in which White weaves in little references and details from the entire body of Fantomania, from Magritte's paintings to the various film versions to the Spanish language "FANTOMAS VS THE MULTINATIONAL VAMPIRES," all the while connecting the lost American film serial of 1920 in with the continuity of the original novels. Whiet has captured the flavor of the original Allain and Souvestre stories and even mimicked their narrative voice, but without compromising his own unique perspective (which is more pointedly political than the classics). But if you are a more casual reader, maybe not even a Fantomas fan, do not be put off--these elements are seamlessly integrated into a self-contained story that works as an introduction to the character. This is a contemporary rethink of a classic property that outshines the original while paying loving homage to it--just as the TV reboots of DOCTOR WHO or BATTLESTAR GALACTICA have done to their parent inspirations. And did I mention it is crammed full of stills and posters from the lost 1920 cliffhangers? If you have even a passing fancy for the pulp literature that gave us Fantomas, Arsene Lupin, Rocambole, Dr Mabuse, and the other great mystery characters of the early 20th century, then this book needs to be in your collection. Here's hoping White writes a sequel!
Excellent!!! Nov 29, 2007
David White's brilliant insight into Fantomas made me a fan of the genre right from the beginning. Clearly, White has done his research. The story is exciting and crisp, and his skill as an author is adept and calculated. I highly recommend this book. Buy it!!!
Rewarding for New and Old Fans Alike Nov 28, 2007
David White's FANTOMAS IN AMERICA is an excellent jumping-on point for the uninitiated and a welcome retconning for longtime fans. A brilliant expansion of elements from the long lost 1920 serial rendered in the style of vintage Collier yarns of the early 20th Century. The nods and winks to genre fans (particularly a cameo appearance for Lon Chaney's LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT character) are an extra bonus. White has exceptional talent and hopefully this book will be followed by a series of new FANTOMAS novels from a brilliant author who is sure to garner greater acclaim in passing years. Highly recommended.
A pitch perfect continuation of the Marcel Allain/Pierre Souvestre books Nov 24, 2007
White's Fantomas in America is a pitch perfect continuation of the Marcel Allain/Pierre Souvestre books. Vividly imagining what would have happened if Fantomas left France and arrived in America, White spins a tense, fantastic tale of the master criminal's latest exploits and the efforts to stop him while exploring the political issues of a vividly rendered, turn-of-the-century New York. With prose reminescent of the time period, yet pared enough to satisfy contemporary readers, White maintains the requisite amount of gore and "he did what?!" moments that are the hallmarks of the series.