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Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of Phantacea

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Phantacea Publications in Print

Phantacea Publications in Print

- The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

The 'Launch 1980' Story Cycle

The War of the Apocalyptics

Front cover of War Pox, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

Published in 2009; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Nuclear Dragons

Nuclear Dragons front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Helios on the Moon

Front cover for Helios on the Moon, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Published in 2014; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

The 'Launch 1980' story cycle comprises three complete, multi-character mosaic novels, "The War of the Apocalyptics", "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon", as well as parts of two others, "Janna Fangfingers" and "Goddess Gambit". Together they represent creator/writer Jim McPherson's now concluded project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series.

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'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Epic Fantasy

Feeling Theocidal

Front Cover for Feel Theo, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

Published in 2008; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

The 1000 Days of Disbelief

Front cover of The Thousand Days of Disbelief, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published as three mini-novels, 2010/11; main webpage is here

Goddess Gambit

Front cover for Goddess Gambit by Verne Andru, 2012

Published in 2012; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Circa the Year of Dome 2000, Anvil the Artificer, a then otherwise unnamed, highborn Lazaremist later called Tvasitar Smithmonger, dedicated the first three devic talismans, or power foci, that he forged out of molten Brainrock to the Trigregos Sisters.

The long lost, possibly even dead, simultaneous mothers of devakind hated their offspring for abandoning them on the far-off planetary Utopia of New Weir. Not surprisingly, their fearsome talismans could be used to kill Master Devas (devils).

For most of twenty-five hundred years, they belonged to the recurring deviant, Chrysaor Attis, time after time proven a devaslayer. On Thrygragon, Mithramas Day 4376 YD, he turned them over to his Great God of a half-father, Thrygragos Varuna Mithras, to use against his two brothers, Unmoving Byron and Little Star Lazareme, in hopes of usurping their adherents and claiming them as his own.

Hundreds of years later, these selfsame thrice-cursed Godly Glories helped turn the devil-worshippers of Sedon's Head against their seemingly immortal, if not necessarily undying gods. Now, five hundred years after the 1000 Days of Disbelief, they've been relocated.

The highest born, surviving devic goddesses want them for themselves; want to thereby become incarnations of the Trigregos Sisters on the Hidden Continent. An Outer Earthling, one who has literally fallen out of the sky after the launching of the Cosmic Express, gets to them first ...

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The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels

The Death's Head Hellion

- Sedonplay -

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Contagion Collectors

- Sedon Plague -

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Janna Fangfingers

- Sedon Purge -

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Published in 2011; two storylines recounted side-by-side, the titular one narrated by the Legendarian in 5980, the other indirectly leading into the 'Launch 1980' story cycle; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

In the Year of the Dome 4825, Morgan Abyss, the Melusine Master of the Utopian Weirdom of Cabalarkon, seizes control of Primeval Lilith, the ageless, seemingly unkillable Demon Queen of the Night. The eldritch earthborn is the real half-mother of the invariably mortal Sed-sons but, once she has hold of her, aka Lethal Lily, Master Morgan proceeds to trap the Moloch Sedon Himself.

In the midst of the bitter, century-long expansion of the Lathakran Empire, the Hidden Headworld's three tribes of devil-gods are forced to unite in an effort to release their All-Father. Unfortunately for them, they're initially unaware Master Morg, the Death's Head Hellion herself, has also got hold of the Trigregos Talismans, devic power foci that can actually kill devils, and Sedon's thought-father Cabalarkon, the Undying Utopian she'll happily slay if they dare attack her Weirdom.

Utopians from Weir have never given up seeking to wipe devils off not just the face of the Inner Earth, but off the planet itself. Their techno and biomages, under the direction of the Weirdom of Cabalarkon's extremely long-lived High Illuminary, Quoits Tethys, have determined there is only one sure way to do that -- namely, to infect the devils' Inner Earth worshippers with fatal plagues brought in from the Outer Earth.

Come All-Death Day there are more Dead Things Walking than Living Beings Talking. Believe it or not, that's the good news.

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phantacea Graphic Novels

Forever and Forty Days

- The Genesis of Phantacea -

Front cover of Forever and Forty Days; artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

Published in 1990; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

 

The Damnation Brigade

- Phantacea Revisited 1 -

Front cover of The Damnation Brigade, artwork by Ian Bateson, retouching by Chris Chuckry 2012

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Cataclysm Catalyst

- Phantacea Revisited 2 -

Front cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 2013

Published in 2014, main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Kadmon Heliopolis had one life. It ended in October 1968. The Male Entity has had many lives. In his fifth, he and his female counterpart, often known as Miracle Memory, engendered more so than created the Moloch Sedon. They believe him to be the Devil Incarnate. They've been attempting to kill him ever since. Too bad it's invariably he, Heliosophos (Helios called Sophos the Wise), who gets killed instead.

On the then still Whole Earth circa the Year 4000 BCE, one of their descendants, Xuthros Hor, the tenth patriarch of Golden Age Humanity, puts into action a thought-foolproof, albeit mass murderous, plan to succeed where the Dual Entities have always failed. He unleashes the Genesea. The Devil takes a bath.

Fifty-nine hundred and eighty years later, New Century Enterprises launches the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island. It never reaches Outer Space; not all of it anyhow. As a stunning consequence of its apparent destruction, ten extraordinary supranormals are reunited, bodies, souls and minds, after a quarter century in what they've come to consider Limbo. They name themselves the Damnation Brigade. And so it appears they are -- if perhaps not so much damned as doomed.

At least one person survives the launching of the Cosmic Express. He literally falls out of the sky -- on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head. An old lady saves him. Except this old lady lives in a golden pagoda, rides vultures and has a third eye. She also doesn't stay old long. He becomes her willing soldier, acquires the three Sacred Objects and goes on a rampage, against his own people, those that live.

Meanwhile, Centauri Island, the launch site of the Cosmic Express, comes under attack from Hell's Horsemen. Only it's not horses they ride. It's Atomic Firedrakes!

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From Comics to Novels

Rollover with 2014 convention price list

Phantacea Revisited graphic novels morph into full length Phantacea Mythos mosaic novels; only the beginnings, middles and endings have changed to protect what really happened

Cataclysm Catalyst

The second Phantacea Revisited Graphic Novel

Full cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

Full cover by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

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Internal Artwork Credits

Rollover with Catalyst's artwork credits

Artwork from pH 1-7 as well as Phantacea Phase One #1; samples link from here;

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Phantacea Seven

- Comic Book to Web-Serial -

Unpublished Phase One cover by Ian Bateson, circa 1988

Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".

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Look out Below!

Full covers for Nuclear Dragons, art by Ian Bateson, 2013; text by Jim McPherson

Nuclear Dragons are here

- A phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel -

The second entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle is now available for ordering online

Double-click on images to enlarge in a separate window

Dedicated webpage is here; back cover text can be found here and here; lynx to excerpts from the book start here and here; check out material that didn't make it here and related excerpts from its scheduled follow-up, 2014's "Helios on the Moon", here; its Auctorial Preamble is reprinted here, here and here

Centauri Island

- Web-Serial to Novel -

Mockup for Nuclear Dragons cover adapted from cover originally intended for Phantacea Seven comic book, artwork by Ian Bateson circa 1980

At long last, the second entry in the Launch 1980 epic fantasy has arrived.

Ian Bateson's breathtaking wraparound cover for the novel utilizes his own dragons from pH-7. Those from the unfinished cover for the Phantacea Phase One project can be seen here and here.

 

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Phantacea Revisited #1

B/w first and last pages from DB graphic novel

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NEW: Read most of the mini-novels making up "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" today on Google Books

Look inside great swaths of 'Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade' here

Guess what's once again available for ordering in print?

Front and back covers for D-Brig graphic novel, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012; facial touch-up by Chris Chuckry

"Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade"

Print and PDF copies of "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade" can be ordered by credit card from Drive Thru Comics.

To order from the publisher, click here.

Postage is extra. Please be aware that as yet Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

The Damnation Brigade Graphic Novel

artwork by Ian Bateson and Vince Marchesano

Artwork never seen before in print; almost all of pH-5 available for the first time since 1980

Images in this row double-click to enlarge here

The entirety of Ian Bateson's until-now-unpublished contribution to "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade" can be seen here then here

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Goddess Gambit

Samples of Verne Andru's art, applicable to Goddess Gambit

Double-click on rollover to open a separate window featuring the full cover of "Goddess Gambit"; red sampler enlarges here

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce "Goddess Gambit", the third and final book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' epic trilogy, is available for ordering both online and directly from the publisher

(Please note: Phantacea Publications can only accept cheques and money orders.)

Just in case you were wondering, "Janna Fangfingers - Sedon's Purge", the third mini-novel derived from "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", can now be ordered as both a trade paperback and as the 4th Phantacea e-book.

With its publication Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' concludes and, in some respects, the 'Launch 1980' story cycle begins.

Hit here for nearly instant ordering gratification

The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky

Sedonic Eye, image by Ian Bateson, 1986; text and manipulation by Jim McPherson, 2011 by Jim

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Covers prepared by Jim McPherson, 20104 covers for 1000 DazeThe Thousand Days of Disbelief

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', are available for ordering online by credit card.

Just as happily, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors" are available everywhere at $10.00 each. Being longer than its predecessors, "Janna Fangfingers" still goes for the highly reasonable price of $12.00 CAD and USD.

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"Feeling Theocidal -- Thrygragon, Year of the Dome 4376" (Book One of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the first full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels making up "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'), "Goddess Gambit" (Book Three of the trilogy and in some respects the second – unless it's the third – entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) and "Nuclear Dragons" (the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) should be available at neighbourhood bookstores and public libraries all over the world.

"Janna Fangfingers", the third and final mini-novel comprising 1000-Daze, rather cleverly doubles as a prequel to both Gambit and the Launch 1980 story cycle. In its turn, Endgame-Gambit picks up from where War-Pox leaves off. Part Three of "Nuclear Dragons" connects to both War-Pox and Gambit. Parts One, Two and Four of Nuke also nicely sets up "Helios on the Moon", the last scheduled sequence in the Launch 1980 story cycle.

E-versions of Feel Theo, Hellion, Contagion,Fangers, War-Pox and Gambit are available on the Kindle format exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and some of amazon's other European and Asian affiliates.

Kindle e-books can be downloaded for I-Pads and I-Phones as well as a number of other devices. Many have text-to-voice capacity for the visually challenged.

Phantacea Publications e-books are also available in a variety of other formats. Please check your favourite online bookstore to download Phantacea Publications e-books to the device of your choice.

If you don't see the novels or mini-novels displayed at your local book stops, kindly direct purchasing agents and/or booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to help them rectify such a sad situation.


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Original Cover for Feeling Theocidal, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008, plus a variation prepared by Jim McPherson, 200Cluttered and Uncluttered Versions of the Images in Frontcover Frame, prepared by Jim McPherson from his own photos, 2006/7

Hit here to initiate orders directly from amazon.com and some its affiliates. Books from Phantacea Publications currently available include "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics" the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (namely "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers"), "Goddess Gambit" and "Nuclear Dragons".

Kindle versions of "Feeling Theocidal", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers", "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and four of amazon's European affiliates. Check your favourite online sites to order Phantacea Publications e-books in a variety of other formats.

Libraries, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through Ingram Books, Ingram International, Coutts Information (and Library) Services, Baker & Taylor, and a large network of other distributors worldwide.

Some of the Phantacea comics and graphic novels can be ordered through Drive Thru Comics.

Or, if you prefer to order directly from the publisher, email or send your order(s) via surface mail. No matter where you live or what currency you prefer to use, I'll figure out a way to fill your order(s) myself.

Please add an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping. At present Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

BookFinder.com lists both of the original versions of the mosaic novels: "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics". Also listed therein are most of the other PHANTACEA Mythos print publications.

Another interesting option for the curious is Chegg, which has a rent-a-book program. Thus far its search engine shows no results for phantacea (any style or permutation thereof) but it does recognize Jim McPherson (a variety of them) and the titles of the novels.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say), this page contains a list of a few other websites where you can probably order the novels in a variety of currencies and with credit cards.

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[Cover of 'pH4-Ever & 40']For a quick loading version of the front cover, see the covers page;

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-- FOREVER & 40 DAYS --

© copyright Jim McPherson, 1990-2010

Story selections, synopses, commentaries & web-features written by Jim McPherson

Collages, photographs, scanning and web-design by Jim McPherson

Credits for additional artwork ascribed in mouse-over text


“Forever & 40 Days The Genesis of PHANTACEA

A Graphic Novel plus a short story and additional material – 84 pages in total

| Full Wraparound Cover | Notes re Wraparound Cover | Characters Depicted on Front cover | On Back cover | Background Notes | Summary of Contents | Back cover Blurb | Frontispiece | Cain Cover + Link to Cain Chapter from 'Helioddity' | Introduction | Back cover of pH-1 | Dave Sim drawing of the Indescribable Mr No Name | “Pre-Forever” | Image of Abe Ryne + Internal Lynx re 1st Sequence | “Tail Teller” | The Birth of the Devil Himself | “Sedon – Master of Weir” | Image Collage of Helios Ordering Machine-Memory to Nuke Weirstar | “Tell Tail” | Image + Note re Devils Surviving Weirstar Supernova | “Sedon Brings Hell To Earth” | Image + Note re Sedonshem Landing | “The Day Before Forever” | “Forever and a Day” | Details re the Biblical Patriarchs | “Sister Grandmother” | Price List in 1990 | Additional lynx for artwork from the graphic novel |

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A Section-by-Section Overview

Back and front covers for pH-4ever, artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson

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WRAPAROUND COVER: Creative Team listed on the front cover are Jim McPherson (creator/writer/publisher) and Ian Fry (artist); overall pencils, inks, colour and typesetting on the cover are by Ian Bateson, 1990;
(PUBLISHER’S NOTE: final rendition actually redrawn and coloured by Ian Bateson, who also handled the typesetting, over a design by Jim McPherson and original artwork by Ian Fry, 1989);

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CHARACTERS ON FRONT COVER: Xuthros Hor (the Biblical Noah as a samurai) holding a spear in his left hand and the reins of Raven’s Head in the other; thunder and lightning, torrential rainstorm, the beginning of the Deluge;

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ON BACK COVER: depiction of a massive, octagonal boat intentionally reminiscent of Noah’s Ark foundering in tempestuous seas; text on back written by Jim McPherson;

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BACKGROUND NOTES:
- Jim McPherson’s first work to appear in PHANTACEA came in PHANTACEA #1, 1977; Ian Fry’s first work to appear in PHANTACEA came in PHANTACEA Phase One #1, 1987; Ian Bateson’s first work to appear in PHANTACEA came in PHANTACEA #2, 1978; the nine sequences making up the graphic novel were initially prepared as backup features to the projected, 15-issue series entitled PHANTACEA Phase One;
- Raven’s Head is a huge horse with talarial wings on both sides of her hooves, a unicorn horn and a raven’s head; Blind Sundown (not a samurai, a North American Human Being or, more commonly, a Cheyenne), his Solar Spear and Raven’s Head herself first appeared in PHANTACEA #2, 1978; the Great Flood of Genesis is referred to as the Genesea throughout the PHANTACEA Mythos;

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SUMMARY OF CONTENTS:
The graphic novel, entitled “Forever & 40 Days”, occupies pages 4-71. Written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and lettered by the team of Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong, it breaks down to nine sequences. These follow the time-tumbler, Helios called Sophos the Wise, and his most aberrant generation, the Moloch Sedon, through a series of evidently random encounters ending, circa 4000 BC, with the Genesea and the preservation of what henceforth becomes the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head.
A short story, entitled “Sister Grandmother”, occupies pages 74-83. Written by Jim McPherson, it features concepts, 6 illustrations and some characters (notably Wilderwitch and Wildman Dervish Furie) from the PHANTACEA Mythos as originally presented in the 6-issue PHANTACEA comic book series from 1977-1980.
The balance of the material is a 1-page frontispiece, a 2-page introduction written by Jim McPherson, a 2-page set of details and charts compiled and written by Jim McPherson re the 10 Golden Age Patriarchs of Humankind, and a 1-page PHANTACEA Price List including black-and-white reproductions of all seven previous covers in the franchise.

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BACKCOVER BLURB

FOREVER AND FORTY DAYS

"Helios as history," thinks Ryne, "What a horrid concept!" Yet history is exactly what Kadmon Heliopolis, orphaned son of Second World War Greek Freedom Fighters, becomes.

When the Devil came into existence, Helios acted. When the Devil was driven out of Weirsystem, Helios pursued. When the Devil fled through the heavens, Helios attacked. When the Devil came to Earth, Helios followed. But the Entity called Sophos the Wise could never rid the Cosmos of the Evil he helped create. That task fell to Xuthros Hor, the Tenth Patriarch of Golden Age Humankind.

High atop Mt. Ararat, Hor summoned the Deluge. Sedon, the Eternal Antagonist called for a bar of soap.

"Taking Genesis literally troubled me. Taking Genesis as Mythology --- like The Iliad or The Eddas --- was inspirational."

Jim McPherson
... from his introduction

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PAGE 1: Frontispiece listing credits for the overall package; the credits are Jim McPherson (creator/writer/publisher); Ian Fry (artist); the three letterers who worked on the graphic novel (henceforth referred to as the lettering team): Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong; Cover Illustration by Ian Bateson; Production by Baseline Type and Graphics; Printing by Ark Service Printers (Printed on Recycled Paper); and a logo reading: ‘Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated – PHANTACEA – Since 1977’;

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Proposed Front Cover for a PHANTACEA publication entitled Cain, Slayer of Abel, artwork by Ian Fry, ca 1988
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PAGES 2-3: Introduction written by Jim McPherson, November 1989; illustration entitled “Cain, Slayer of Abel” by Ian Fry, 1988; usual declaimers at bottom of pg 2 (1st printing May 1990; published by Jim McPherson; etc)

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Sedon in action; from 4-Ever&40

The Back Cover of PHANTACEA #1

[<em>PHANTACEA ONE</em> Back Cover]

Professor Romaine Kinesis and Cosmicaptain Mikelangelo Starrus are among those depicted by Dave Sim on back cover of pH-1, published in the Fall of 1977;

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PAGES 4-14: Sequence One entitled “Pre-Forever”; written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and the lettering team (Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong);
Characters featured include: Jordan Tethys (aka the Legendarian), Melina nee Sarpedon Zeross, her now late in-laws (Megaera nee Kinesis and Angelo Zeross, along with their eldest son, Demonites), Loxus Abraham Ryne, O’Ryan James Maxwell, James Aremar, Mikelangelo Starrus and the Gypsium Triumvirate (Kadmon Heliopolis, Professor Romaine Kinesis and Dr Aristotle Zeross, who were central characters in the PHANTACEA comic book series);
Significant events depicted: deaths of elder Zerosses; Aegean Trigon (a tri-peaked islet near Santorini) being struck by bomb dropped by AMERICA pilot Starrus and thereafter disappearing into the time-stream, presumably taking Heliopolis with it);
Additional notes: 1st appearances of OJ Maxwell (later the ‘Indescribable Mr No Name’), Mik Starrus (later the ‘Primordial Powerhouse’) and Rom Kinesis (later ‘Doc Defiance, the Gypsium Man’) came in PHANTACEA #1, 1977; 1st appearances of Abe Ryne (the then current patriarch of the multi-millennia extant ‘Illuminated Faith of Xuthros Hor’), James Aremar (commander of the UNES Liberty), Kadmon Heliopolis (‘Heliosophos’) and Harry Zeross (‘Ringleader’) came in PHANTACEA #3, 1978; an abbreviated version of events in this sequence were related in PHANTACEA #3;

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An image suggestive of 'the Great Man', Abe Ryne, circa 1980

[ABE RYNE LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE THIS, SHOT OF A STATUE IN VIENNA, 1996]

PHANTACEA Notes:

Virtually all the characters who appear in this sequence of '4-Ever & 40-Days' have been major characters in one, another or a number of the Web Wheaties, as in serials, thus far presented during the course of pH-Webworld;

Here are lynx to more information on some of those mentioned next door: | Loxus Abraham Ryne | Jordan Tethys | O’Ryan James Maxwell | James Aremar | Melina nee Sarpedon Zeross | Megaera nee Kinesis Zeross | Angelo Zeross | Demonites Zeross | Kadmon Heliopolis | Professor Romaine Kinesis | Dr Aristotle "Harry" Zeross | Mikelangelo Starrus |

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[MR. NONAME BATTLING DOLPH DULLES, FROM PH-2]

O'Ryan James Maxwell became the Indescribable Mr No Name in pH-2; artwork by Dave Sim, 1978;

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PAGES 15-22: Sequence Two entitled “Tail Teller”; written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and the lettering team (Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong);
Characters featured include: kids capturing a rat-like tee-tee (they pull its tail, it vocalizing the tale), Helios called Sophos the Wise (presumably an incarnation of Kadmon Heliopolis from Sequence One), the Mnemosyne Machine, a Utopian scientocrat by the name of Cabalarkon and the Moloch Sedon (arguably none other than the Devil himself); there’s a brief cameo by Vayu Maelstrom (Devil Wind) as well;
Significant events depicted: generation of the Moloch Sedon by Helios, Mnemosyne and Cabalarkon; Helios’s 5th death; Trans-Time Trigon tumbles randomly back into the time-stream carrying the Mnemosyne Machine with it;
Additional notes: Vayu Maelstrom (Devil Wind) first appeared in PHANTACEA #1, 1977, where he was among those depicted on its back cover; Utopians (men always black; women always white) first appeared in PHANTACEA #2, 1978; the Mnemosyne Machine and the Moloch Sedon first appeared in PHANTACEA #3, 1978;

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The Birth of the Devil Himself

The birth of Sedon, artwork by Ian Fry, ca 1987

The Trigon Asteroid came out of the time stream at the beginning of the Male Entity's 5th Lifetime. It thereupon became part of the First Weirsystem. Some time later, under the watchful eyes of the Mnemosyne Machine, the Moloch Sedon emerged fully formed from a tub of Cathonic Fluid.

Also depicted in this somewhat digitally dicked, Ian Fry illustrated sequence are Heliosophos and now 1-eyed Cabalarkon, the ultimately Undying Utopian Sedon regards as his true father.

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PAGES 23-29: Sequence Three entitled “Sedon – Master of Weir”; written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and the lettering team (Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong);
Characters featured include: the Moloch Sedon, Helios, Cabalarkon and the Trigregos Sisters (Demeter, Devaura & Sapiendev); other 3-eyed devils, including the Thrygragos Brothers (Varuna Mithras, Lazareme the Libertine & Great Byron), are shown but not named;
Significant events depicted: Helios, in an unspecified lifetime, has the Mnemosyne Machine nuke Weir Star (Supernova 1987A, its explosion, as seen on our Earth multi-multiple millennia later, frames this sequence) in order to wipe out devakind (save the 3 Sisters, who can humanize Mnemosyne, rendering her Milady Memory, the Female Entity to Helios’s Male Entity);
Additional notes: the Six Great Gods (the Trigregos Sisters and the Thrygragos Brothers) first appeared in PHANTACEA #4, 1978; Lazareme the Libertine also looks like Helios;

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Helios Ordering Machine-Memory to Nuke Weirstar

Artwork by Ian Fry, late 1980s, colour and text by Jim McPherson, 2007

In Sequence Three, Heliosophos (Helios called Sophos the Wise) orders the Mnemosyne Machine (Machine-Memory) to destroy Weirstar.

By doing so he hopes to simultaneously destroy the Moloch Sedon, the Thrygragos Brothers and the entirety of devakind save the Trigregos Sisters.

Because she is essentially a machine, the Female Entity has no choice except to obey him. She succeeds in nuking the star.

As is also detailed in the graphic novel, its explosion is eventually witnessed on the Outer Earth, where it is recorded as Supernova 1987A

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PAGES 30-37: Sequence Four entitled “Tell Tail”; written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and the lettering team (Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong);
Characters featured include: Jordan Tethys, aka the Legendarian (who tells the tale by reading a tee-tee tail), the Moloch Sedon, Helios (as King Kad, ruler of Trigon, a kingdom on New Weirworld), Cabalarkon, the Mnemosyne Machine (now humanized by the Trigregos Sisters), and the Thrygragos Brothers;
Significant events depicted: Helios, in the same unspecified lifetime as the previous sequence, is now a very, very old man; Cabalarkon, who doesn't age anywhere near as fast, refines Cathonic Fluid in order to rejuvenate him; unfortunately, it works so well Helios ages all the way back to protoplasm and dies;
Abandoning the traitorous Trigregos Sisters on New Weirworld, but taking thought-father Cabalarkon with him, the Moloch Sedon forms the Sedonshem and rockets away with his three, now sterilized sons and their thousands of surviving, but always insubstantial offspring by the Trigregos Sisters;

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Sedon and the Thrygragos Brothers limp into New Weirworld's Trigon, as depicted by Ian Fry, 1998"

Although Machine-Machine succeeded in destroying Weirstar, its explosion did not result in the complete destruction of devakind.

Led by their Grandfather Sedon and his three second generational sons, the Thrygragos Brothers, they reach New Weirworld, where Helios now lives as King Kad and Memory is being humanized by the Trigregos Sisters.

Kyprian Somata, the Master of Weir in 5938 YD, recounted much the same story as that contained in Sequence Four during the course of 'Helioddity', She called it "Helios Goes Nuclear".

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PAGES 38-46: Sequence Five entitled “Sedon Brings Hell To Earth”; written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and the lettering team (Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong);
Characters featured include: the Moloch Sedon, the Thrygragos Brothers, Anti-Patriarch Cain (who looks a lot like old King Kad from the previous sequence), some of the Golden Age Patriarchs of Humankind (one of whom is Pseth Ra, the Biblical Seth, 3rd son of Adam & Eve) and a number of 3-eyed Master Devas, most especially Multi-Horns (Cruel Plathon), the Bull of Mithras;
Significant events depicted: the Sedonshem lands atop Kanin City (on an island in Lemuria, part of Eden's Zoo in the archipelago of Pacifica), killing Droch Nor, the seventh patriarch of Golden Age Humanity (the Biblical Enoch);
Anti-Patriarch Cain (yes, that Cain, the Biblical Slayer of Abel) is duped by Multi-Horns into having constructed a golden calf with an atomic heart; this, in his 985th year of life, Cain ignites at the Gates of Eden, thereby killing himself and a vast multitude of his followers (the suggestion is that Cain is actually Heliosophos in his 1st lifetime);

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Hell to Earth artwork by Ian Fry, late 1980s; colour and script by Jim McPherson, 2007

Script on 'Sedon Brings ... Hell to Earth' image reads: "In the Year since Zero, the Sedonshem landed atop Kanin City in the Archipelago of Pacifica. Among the multitude crushed to death beneath it was Droch Nor, the 7th Patriarch of Golden Age Humankind!"

Another image taken from Sequence Five can be found here.

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PAGES 47-57: Sequence Six entitled “The Day Before Forever”; written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and the lettering team (Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong);
Characters featured include: the Moloch Sedon, the Thrygragos Brothers, various Golden Age Patriarchs of Humankind (#6, Jaro Dan, the Biblical Jared, is patterned on the Aesgardian Odin) and a number of 3-eyed Master Devas, one of whom, Biblio Drek (aka the Librarian or ‘Specks’ because his spectacles have 3-lenses), narrates the balance of the graphic novel;
Significant events depicted: deaths of former patriarchs 2 thru 6; #5 (Mahurus Zir, the Biblical Mahalel) captures a Byronic Master Deva (Crinsom); led by their father, Great Byron, the Byronics seek to free her;
Additional material: how the first Raven’s Head comes into being; how #10 (Xuthros Hor) acquires his spear (the likes of which Blind Sundown will possess more than 6000 years later); how Great Byron becomes Bodiless Byron thanks to Hor, Raven and the spear; plus a brief, less than 1-page-long summary of the PHANTACEA Mythos version of Ragnarok;

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Xuthros Hor causes the Genesea

Original artwork by Ian Fry, late 1980s, text and colour-added by Jim McPherson, 2007

Xuthros Hor is shouting: "Let the skies burst forth! Let the matchless fury of the ocean waves rise up! Flood over this cursed planet! Wash the Earth clean of devas and all that is evil!"

The text beneath the image reads: "The rain came down in mighty torrents, and the subterranean waters burst forth upon the earth for forty days and nights, and the water covered the earth for 150 days."

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PAGES 58-71: Sequence Seven entitled “Forever and a Day”; written by Jim McPherson, illustrated by Ian Fry and the lettering team (Linsea Stamer, Ian Fry and Fred Armstrong);
Characters featured include: the Moloch Sedon, the Thrygragos Brothers, the last three Golden Age Patriarchs of Humankind (Amemp Tut, Oriartes Ma & Xuthros Hor), Helios (as young fit-looking as Heliopolis appeared in Sequence One), Cabalarkon (called the ‘Undying Utopian’ due to the fact he’s still alive, albeit confined to a tub of Cathonic Fluid), and the Mnemosyne Machine (now humanized by a devil who looks a lot like Nergal Vetala, the future Vampire Queen of the Dead);
Significant events depicted: Xuthros Hor (Patriarch #10) threatens to destroy humanity if they don’t drive the Moloch Sedon and his devils off the face of the earth; Sedon corrupts Amemp Tut (Patriarch #8, Hor’s grandfather, the Biblical Methuselah, who dies in the same year as the Genesea);
Heliosophos, the Mnemosyne Machine and Trans-Time Trigon tumble back into the linear timeline of devils and Golden Age patriarchs; Oriartes Ma (Patriarch #9, the Biblical Lamech, Hor’s father) kills Helios; Tut kills Ma (his son); Hor kills Tut then operatically calls down, as well as up, the Genesea and drowns almost everyone left;
The Moloch Sedon raises the Cathonic Dome out of his own essence, uses it to cover the archipelago of Pacifica, fills in the gaps between islands like Lemuria and thus brings into existence the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head; end graphic novel;
Additional notes: Nergal Vetala, the future Vampire Queen of the Dead, first appeared in PHANTACEA #2, 1978;

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PAGES 72-73: 2-page set of details re the Biblical Patriarchs from Adam to Noah, including a chart as to when they were born (starting with Adam’s birth at Year Zero and ending 1656 years later with the Great Flood, when Noah was 600 years old), how long they lived and when they died; this data was then applied to the PHANTACEA Mythos timeline as Years Pre-Dome or PD (counting backwards from Hor’s 600th year).

Notes also include information as to how their PHANTACEA Mythos names came about (amalgams of actual names taken directly from the Bible, Egyptian mythology and an ancient list of the first 10 Chaldean kings).

Beneath the 'Sedon Brings ... Hell to Earth' image, above, reference is made to a Year Zero. This refers to the year given in the Bible for the birth of Adam.

Alorus Ptah is the PHANTACEA Mythos name for the1st patriarch of Golden Age Humankind. He would have been born (or at least brought up) in Old Eden. In all likelihood he would also have been responsible for the Golden Agers' rebellion and, possibly, for its subsequent sinking.

Within the PHANTACEA Mythos Alorus Ptah was the Male Entity whereas the Female Entity was Tristar Thrae (the Biblical Eve). She was the birth mother of Abel and Seth, the 2nd patriarch of Golden Age Humankind. Primeval Lilith, the Queen of Demons, was the birth mother of Anti-Patriarch Cain.

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PAGES 74-83: 10-page short story entitled “Sister Grandmother”; illustrations include 4-pages from PHANTACEA #1, all of which were drawn and lettered by Dave Sim in 1977; 1-page from PHANTACEA #4, as drawn and lettered by Verne Andru (signed Andrusiek) in 1979; and 1-page from PHANTACEA #5, as pencilled by Vince Marchesano, inked by Mar + Day (their credits) and lettered by Bill Payne in 1980;
Featured characters include: Wilderwitch and Wildman Dervish Furie (from the Damnation Brigade), three of the Death Dodgers, Loxus Abraham Ryne, James Aremar and a number of newcomers to the series (Fey Woman, Hush Mannering, Auguste Moirnoir and six of the Silver Signallers not seen but referred to in PHANTACEA #1);
Story setting: mostly in Athens and Santorini (an Aegean Island near where Trans-Time Trigon vanished in Sequence One of the graphic novel); the year is 1986, 6 years after the comic book series ended and, in terms of the PHANTACEA Mythos, a few months after the nuclear catastrophe at the Soviet Supra City in the Ukraine that supposedly resulted in the complete obliteration of the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head;
Story synopsis: Wilderwitch and Furie’s alter ego, Gentleman Dervish Furie, were lovers; Fey Woman (Wilderwitch’s daughter, born in 1947 by an unidentified father) and Furie are lovers; Fey has Furie’s baby but he’s sickly;
Hush Mannering (Young Life) and Auguste Moirnoir (Young Death) hate each other; they’re also faerie-dusted tricksters familiar to Fey, Furie and Wilderwitch from the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head; they’re forever seven years old, have been since 1920 when they were both 17 and married to each other; Auguste can preserve the baby’s life but only by transferring Furie’s life force from Murray to the baby;
Meanwhile, the Silver Signallers are charged with tracking down and disposing of the remaining Death Dodgers, all of whom were or are clones of thought-dead supranormals like Wilderwitch and Furie; one of them, Windrush, is Wilderwitch’s clone; Fey Woman considers Windrush her daughter because she helped both to clone her as well as to raise her; things get even more complicated;
Additional notes: The Death Dodgers and Nick Stiletto, one of the then ostensibly 17-strong Silver Signallers, first appeared in PHANTACEA #1, 1977; the Damnation Brigade first appeared in PHANTACEA #2, 1978;

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Collage entitled "Jordan Tethys", b/w artwork by Ian Fry, prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2007

More on Jordan Tethys, the Legendary 30-Year Man

Jordan Tethys as he appeared in  4Ever + 40 Days, artwork by Ian Fry circa 1988

Ian Fry's depiction of the Dual Entities, Mnemosyne is being humanized by Fecundiy, aka Nergal Vetala,  Ian Fry circa 1989

Helios and Thrygragos Lazareme often look similar; In his first life, Helios might have been Anti-Patriarch Cain; If so then Helios was his own father

Two images of Sedon's Head, one taken from graphic novel, the other a shot of an actual parking lot on the Giza Plateau

The Inner Earth of Sedon's Head came from my head -- or did it? Might it be an actual destination?

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