Fantomius is a masked thief created by Guido Martina and drawn for the first time in 1970 by Romano Scarpa that with his exploits and his diaries Donald inspired to create his alter ego Duck Avenger.
Fantomius is the protagonist of the series The Amazing Companies Fantomius gentleman thief, written and drawn by Marco Gervasio and currently published on Mickey Mouse. This saga has had the merit of having developed enormously the past of this character.
The character Fantomius inspired by two criminals icons of French literature that television had led to its success in the 70s. Both the name and for the left blue mask that conceals the true identity, Martina remade ingenious criminal Fantomas created in 1911 by the Parisian writers Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. After a long series of novels and silent films made from 1911 to 1930, Fantomas is rediscovered by the general public in the mid-60s, thanks to a nice movie trilogy, masterfully played by Louis De Funès role as a cop Juve tireless enemy of Fantomas.
The nobler side of the personality of the mysterious owner of Villa Rosa, is borrowed from the quintessential gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, created by the French writer Maurice Leblanc in 1905 and brought to the fore the television, during the '70s, from a successful series of telefilms elegantly interpreted by French Georges Descrières.
In the first story of Duck Avenger entitled The Diabolical Avenger is explained that Fantomius was a gentleman thief, who stole from the rich duckburgians, but Martina (his creator) does not elaborate further this character. Fantomius is only mentioned in few other stories and sometimes is also played by other Disney characters, especially Gladstone and Donald, who use his legend for different purposes. The real Fantomius acting during the 20s appears only in the recent saga by Marco Gervasio.
The true identity and the true name of Fantomius, remained unknown for a long time until Marco Gervasio has not decided to investigate this character. A first clue comes from history Paperinik and the shadow of Fantomius published in 2002, in which we learn the name of the thief: Lord Quackett. The first name of Lord Quackett, John, is instead made official in the history and the secret of Paperinik Fantomius, always realized by Gervasio.
The real aspect of Fantomius was hidden for a long time behind the mask full of blue. Some assumptions could be done based on the portraits that in some stories appeared in Villa Rosa, but it was never possible to determine accurately its appearance because they were never designed for close-ups. It was always Marco Gervasio to outline the face of this duck nell'importantissima Duck Avenger history and the past without a future. The young Lord is a rich heiress, dressed elegantly, with hat and walking stick, also wears a hairpiece black slick in the taste of.
The biography of Lord Quackett was made official by Marco Gervasio introductory editorial albo Definitive Collection # 1, which collects the first four adventures Saga Fantomius.
- 1579 along with the crew of the British corsare Francis Drake arrives at New Albion (modern Duckburg) Duke Richard Quackett, buying various lands in the area and building some medieval castle. The Duce will go down in history with the nickname Mad Duke of Duckburg.
- 1885 John Quackett born in London, from Duke Andrew Quackett, descendant of the Mad Duke, and Marie Lamont , he was the second son of the family. He inherited from his father the noble title of Lord and from the mother's surname French Lamont.
- 1908 at the age of twenty-three years, John moved to Duckburg in the lands of the family and, with the help of his brother architect Henry Quackett architect builds Villa Rosa, where he moved. His brother instead returns to London.
- 1910 John began his career with the name of the gentleman thief Fantomius, in the same period he knows the inventor Copernicus Gearloose and he also moved to Villa Rosa.
- 1912 Fantomius meets the charming thief Chinese Jen Yu, aka Lady Mustard and the two embark on a love affair and work that lasts a couple of years.
- 1916 Henry Quackett, the elder brother of John Henry returns to Duckburg to begin construction of the famous Cathedral of Notre Duck, but at the end of the work disappears without a trace.
- Between 1917-1918 Lord Quackett in Europe participates in the First World War as a fighter pilot of the Allied Force.
- 1920 during a robbery in a villa of Duckburg, Lord Quackett meets Dolly Duck and he falls in love for her. She thus decides to joint and support Fantomius in his robbery under the mask of Dolly Paprika.
Already from history Paperinik Vengeance Martina alongside such a character his female counterpart: Dolly Paprika, who shares with him the most daring enterprises. Gervasio Paperinik narrates the history and the past not the future the famous meeting between Fantomius and Dolly Duck and how she chose to follow him in his adventures to escape the boring mundane life that his class required it. Dolly, leaves his home in downtown Duckburg to live at Villa Rosa together with her boyfriend, she herself here assumes a secret identity: Dolly Paprika. Dolly is the one who had the merit of suggesting to Fantomius keep a secret diary for posterity to confide all their enterprise. The precious pendant of Dolly Paprika serves as a secret key to open the Caveau located in the basement of Villa Rosa, where Fantomius holds the treasure bodied fruit of various raids. The entry of this deposit is concealed by a large portrait of Dolly Paprika painted by Fantomius.
In the story The Mask of Fu Man Etchu it turns out that John Quackett before knowing Dolly had had another affair with a duck high and handsome who had helped him in his criminal adventures in the role of Lady Mustard. After breaking of the engagement the duck has become a thief bribed selling his services to the highest bidder.
The historical period
About the historical period in which it operated Fantomius, in the first adventure of Paperinik there is no sense of time. We read in the letter of notification of winning Villa Rosa, who spent one hundred years since the death of Fantomius, the villa has been forfeited by the state which has made a gift to the town hall. Assuming that the story takes place in the year of its publication, ie 1969, the second half of 1800 is a period full of Far West for a place on the California coast, a setting quite unbelievable for a character with the style and gadgets of Fantomius. Fantomius is the typical gentleman thief lived in the early decades of the twentieth century, roughly period belle époque / Prohibition, certainly years that are well suited to the shadowy figure of a mysterious and elusive "outlaws". Gervasio in his recent saga adopts this second hypothesis by moving the character in the crazy twenties, moving away so the indication of Martina and assuming the hundred years as a real-time interval as precise as a figurative expression to indicate a very long period.
Fantomius, as recounted in the history Paperinik and the past without a future, is urged by his girlfriend Dolly Duck to write his deeds so that remains testimony of its businesses. Until now have been found three diaries from Paperinik.
The first diary
In his diary, casually found by Donald in an armchair in Villa Rosa, Fantomius describes his double identity: "I could always elude the police, thanks to the secrets of Villa Rosa, who allowed me to lead a double life ..." "... during the day and sleeping at night stealing, so I took my revenge of the rich that I despised judging me a slacker." In addition to the secret diary of Villa Rosa, Fantomius also describes his car, the Chariot Mobile equipped with special devices.
Martina also reports the introduction autobiography: "I Fantomius, said the elusive, I write these lines so that posterity may know the truth about me. So much better then if any of them, being in my condition, will imitate my deeds ! At this distant and unknown heir I dedicate my diary with the wish for good luck! ".
On the last page of the diary John Quackett "I thank my dear friend Copernicus, without him everything told in this diary would not be possible!", It is a dedication to his friend inventor Copernicus Pythagorean.
The second journal
In a second diary came to light in the history Paperinik and returning to Villa Rosa, written by Fabio Michelini and designed by Giovan Battista Carpi, describes in more detail the various gadgets and pitfalls present in the basement of the villa.
The third diary
In a third diary, always found at Villa Rosa in history Duck Avenger and summer at Villa Lalla, Donald discovers the existence of a third retreat Fantomius the summer of Villa Lalla, located in the Bay of the Dunes in locations Boscofitto, locatable on the north of the Bay of Duckburg.
The fourth diary
In the history Duck Avenger and the shadow of Fantomius, Marco Gervasio, another unidentified diary (most likely it is a copy of the second) is found by Bob Paperhide thief, who uses it to learn the various secrets of Fantomius and Villa Rosa and perform daring theft against famous billionaires paperopolesi. Probably the same diary is used by Donald in history Paperinik strikes again to explore another of secret hideaways of the Manor of Fantomius Valley Tetra, a mock-medieval castle left located outside Duckburg.
Library Book of Change
In an old book dedicated to the deeds of Fantomius, that Donald Duck in history Duck Avenger against Junior Woodchucks located in the town library, describes some of the companies of the masked thief and another secret refuge: the House dell'Ermellino situated in the area of the Mountains in Shady several miles from Duckburg. In the story "The Secret of Phantom Duck Fantomius" (Mickey 2902) the author Stephen Quack (parody of Stephen King) publishes a book called "The dramatic companies Fantomius gentleman thief" that chronicles the various businesses of the gentleman thief.
Fantomius, Dolly Paprika and their friend inventor had several shelters near Duckburg, where were leading their normal life and guarded their secret identities and the spoils of their adventures.
- Villa Rosa is the residence of the three characters. Located in rural pre-hill outside Duckburg and more precisely in Poggio.
- Villa Lalla is a residence just outside Duckburg, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, located in the Bay of the Dunes in locations Boscofitto and used.
- The House dell'Ermellino is a refuge, that the criminal duo used as an alternative to their hideout main Villa Rosa is much smaller and less equipped than the latter, but also functional. It is located on Peak Cupo in Shadowy Mountains, located in the hinterland east of Duckburg.
- Manor of Valle Tetra is the fourth secret hideout used by Fantomius discovered by Phantom Duck. It is a medieval-style castle probably owned by Richard Quackett, the Mad Duke of Duckburg.
As for the personal gadgets, in the first and second story of Phantom Duck, shows some of the tricks found by Donald] in the villa, he reuses in the role of Phantom Duck. Other gadgets used by Fantomius were introduced in the stories of Gervasio. All the gadgets used by Fantomius and Dolly Paprika, are invented and built by Pythagorean Copernicus, the great-grandfather of Archimedes.
- Pocket or handbag-parachute progressive opening embedded in the costume
- Boots spring allow you to make leaps of over ten meters in length, which are also used by Paperinik;
- Boots compressed air
- Backpack with girorotore folding, a backpack is equipped with a kind of propeller and allows the thief to escape even from great heights; is frequently used. Alternatively the girotore can be installed directly to the straps of the costume.
Gadget usable hand
- Night Vision Binoculars
- Candela double effect is a candle with a layer of wax and under a very powerful dynamite;
- Lift-up mechanism is a manual and pocket;
- Buckle-belt size metal, very sophisticated device that allows you to easily cut any metal;
- Mushroom fryer, a device in the shape of a funnel which serves to cliffs locks;
- Lucerne hypnotic, an old oil lamp that gives off a vapor soporific so much as to fall into a deep sleep the person;
- Masks rubber to impersonate other characters;
- Tip pen diamond used to cut glass;
- Pen melt-lock, you can merge any lock;
- Powder sleep hard, gives off a powerful sleeping gas;
- Transceiver, is a communicator "portable" old style, which although it has a limited scope lets you talk with another person with a similar device;
- Water-skiing, are self-propelled devices that install on in boots;
- Spray corrosive, corrodes many substances;
- Ear plugs transceivers
- Suction cups
The Chariot Mobile
The mobile carriage is the favorite car from Fantomius to fulfill his theft at the expense of the rich nobles of Duckburg. It is a sports car of the early decades of the twentieth century, properly made up and modified, which owns several accessories that later Archimedes has also installed on 313 of Donald Duck.
Other means of locomotion
- Aerociclo is a particular tandem steering wheel equipped with wings flying side formed from a lightweight metal alloy;
- Glider Pocket
- Fantomarino a submarine is suitable for all types of navigation inspired by Captain Nemo's Nautilus in Jules Verne. It is hidden in the Bay of Duckburg and can be reached from Villa Rosa through a secret underground passage;
- Gondola used by motorized Fantomius and his girlfriend during an adventure in Venice.
Balloon gimmick very complex inspired by the balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. It moves through the mechanisms of veiling propulsion and combustion of a secret mixture of various gases created by Copernicus;
- Sidecar motocarrozzetta tricycles equipped with numerous gadgets.
A modern version (style Pikappa) of Fantomius is shown in the history of Danish production The Legacy (The Myth) of 2005, where the gentleman thief after many years of hermitage and oriental arts training, now aged teacher, returns to Duckburg to know and train the mysterious masked duck (all signs point is Gastone) who inherited the villa and its gadgets being followed up his exploits.
Interestingly, in the Italian version of this story published on Paperinik Cult No. 62 with the title Paperinik and legacy have been altered, the original dialogues and the aged master is not presented as Fantomius but simply as a member of the congregation to which Fantomius entrusted the task of ensuring that his legacy would not be wasted. This editorial choice can be explained by the fact that in these adventures Danish character is represented in a manner not consistent with the Italian versions (debut in the history of Phantom Duck is also said that the original owner of Villa Rosa, aka Fantomius, is dead), also even his appearance macrocefalico differs sharply with the one designed by Scarpa in 1970. This version of Fantomius is continued by Danish authors in four other stories.
In one of these adventures is introduced to the mysterious female character Ireyon, an alternative variant of Dolly Paprika invention of the Danish, who despite his youthful appearance seems to have been an accomplice of Fantomius during the period of its activity. Ireyon fact is even born 5,000 years ago during the heyday of the Assyrian-Babylonian civilization. His immortality is due to the magical power of a mock jade Ireyon stole a powerful sorcerer-king of his old hometown called Urgh.