A sampling of pHantaBlog Graphics

A few graphics illustrating aspects of Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos used elsewhere on pHantaBlog

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1978 Map of Sedon's Head, design by Jim McPherson, artwork by Tim Hammell

The pH-3 map of the Hidden Headworld

The Hidden Headworld, aka the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head. Hit here to go to a clickable image map of Sedon’s Head on pH-Webworld.

The artwork is by Tim Hammell, 1978, after a sketch made by Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, in the late 1960s, early 1970s.

If it ever turns up again, look for a scanned-in facsimile of it right here on pHantaBlog.


Painting of a Mayan warrior reminiscent of John Sundown, shot by Jim McPherson in Merida Mexico ca 1999

Mayan Warrior, with Spear, by Fernando Castro Pacheco

Image shot in the Governor’s Palace of Merida, Mexico; often used to represent Blind Sundown, a member of the Damnation Brigade. The artist, Fernando Pacheco, is well worth a search online.

A shot of another of his paintings taken at the same place  a few years after this one was used as a backdrop for the ‘Annuling Nihila’ collage here.


Squished cliff head, shot and squishing by Jim McPherson, 2011

Clam Cliff as shot in the Red Centre of Australia; used by Web-meister Oz (Ozymandias) as his public face on all the websites related to Phantacea

There are a number of websites related to Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos. They’re listed at the bottom of just about every one of their pages, for example here.


Collage of images prepared by Jim McPherson entitled Raven's Head

Raven’s Head collage prepared by Jim McPherson mostly using his own shots

Raven’s Head is the only demonstrably non-human member of the Damnation Brigade.The open transformer mask in background may represent Blind Sundown, Raven’s usual rider.

However, there are some hard-to-ignore suggestions in the (thus far) later stages of the Phantacea Mythos that Raven is possessed by the ghostly spirit of Sorciere (Solace born Sunrise). She, Sundown’s wife, was killed in their Cheyenne tribe’s mountain village where she lived with Manitoulin, her probably father, in 1953.


credits page from Apocalyptic Nucleus, pH-5 1980

Page taken from Damnation Brigade graphic novel; original artwork by George Freeman and Verne Andrusiek, 1979/80; note the letterers name; pH-5 came out in 1980

A splash panel from pH-5 showing what horrors the Medusa Mater Matare and her newly born, fourth generational devic children are perpetrating in Subcranial Temporis on the 6th of Tantalar 5980.

This sequence was retold with a great deal more detail – read vehemence – in “The War of Apocalyptics“, the first book in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle. As for what it’s doing on pHantaBlog, that’s here.


Ian Bateson artwork circa 1979 for pH-4, modified by Jim McPherson, 2013 4sea_hagfish

Page excepted from pHRv1:DB; Sea Goddess finds something more suitable to wear after 25 years in Limbo

At first it isn’t initially clear in “The War of Apocalyptics” that Wilderwitch is from Sedon’s Head.

Although she encountered decathonitized devils on Damnation Island on the 30th of November 1980, that she put on the Crimson Corona, one of the thrice-cursed Godly Glories, the next day in Hideaway Damnation, probably isn’t because she knows that it can be used to kill devils or that one might lead to the other two.

As things turned out, and not just for her, that she put it on again on the 5th of December wasn’t the best thing she could have done. As for what this decidedly purple page is doing on pHantaBlog, that’s here.


Highlighted panel, art by Ian Bateson, 1979

Sea Goddess says to Cyborg Cerebrus: “Good to see you out of that contraption …”; artwork by Ian Bateson from Phantacea Four (pH-4), 1979; original re-lettered by Jim McPherson, 2012, for the graphic novel “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”

Cyborg Cerebrus and Sea Goddess were lovers prior to Christmas Day 1955 when the entirety of what became the Damnation Brigade were thrust into what they called Limbo.

She never confirmed that she was pregnant, and consequently miscarried, when she turned into her element on Damnation Isle on the 30th of November 1980.

As for why it’s on pHantaBlog, that’s here. The quote on the graphic isn’t from either the books or comics, it’s an ironic twist, a joke. The irony is contained in the rest of the entry, which is all about mind control and computers, both of which  help make Cerebrus a supranormal.


Collage featuring the Glaubert torc and three panels from pH-4, artwork by Verne Andrusiek, 1979

Unearthed in early to mid 1990s; in Phantacea terms, could be confused with either Harmony’s necklace or the Crimson Corona; artwork from pH-4, Verne Andrusiek, 1979

More artwork from pH-5. This one follows on from comments made above re the Crimson Corona, one of the thrice-cursed Godly Glories from the trilogy of the same name.

It came up because of a serendipitous discovery made not so very long ago in Germany.

The question asked then: “Is this what became of the Crimson Corona after the Soldier’s Saga ended in pH-6?” Not sure it ever got answer there but it probably isn’t what became of it directly after the end of the Soldier’s Saga.

There are nearly twenty years of items like this on pH-Webworld starting here.


Mithras slays the bull, image taken from web

Mithras slays the bull, image taken from the Louvre’s website

As has been noted whenever this image —  a Roman Tauroctony — shows up in the Phantacea Mythos, this isn’t Thrygragos Varuna Mithras. It’s his deviant son, Taurus Chrysaor Attis, the Universal Soldier.

Attis might qualify as a major protagonist in “Feeling Theocidal”, the first book in ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ fantasy masterpiece. If it wasn’t anheroic fiction he might have even been its hero.

The bull being slain in this shot might be Cruel Plathon, the Bull of Mithras. The figures at the top are definitely the Sun and the Moon. Which is why is keeps showing up on these websites.

They, Helios and Mnemosyne, are Phantacea‘s Dual Entities. They’re also Attis’s half-parents from ca 2000 Year of the Dome (2000 BC) when they time-tumbled back to their birth planet and were immediately taken over by Mithras and Fitna Marutia (Strife), his Ewe for Aries.


Artwork from Phantacea Forever & 40 Days by Ian Fry circa 1990

Artwork from Phantacea Forever & 40 Days by Ian Fry circa 1990

This is the very same Plathon, an immortal, if not altogether unkillable devil occupying a debrained demonic shell, that Chrysaor Attis, a recurring deviant, slew almost as often Plathon slew Attis during the Outer Earth’s so-called heroic age.

The period of their most intense rivalry roughly coincided with the heyday of the Mediterranean Goddess Culture beyond the Dome (2000 – 2500 YD; 2000 – 1500 BC). However, as recorded in “Feeling Theocidal”, they had another, perhaps permanent encounter on Thrygragon (Mithramas Day 4376 YD).

The Bull of Mithras looked like this when he showed up in Anti-Patriarch’s Cain’s bedroom hundreds of years pre-Dome. He’d been sent by his thought-father Mithras and the devils’ All-Father Sedon to deliver the Golden Bull that Cain — yes, that Cain, Slayer of Abel — used to obliterate the Gates of Eden. And the Garden of same behind it.

The uncoloured cover for that hence unpublished entry in the ill-fated Phantacea Phase One project can still be seen here and here. Double-click to enlarge in a separate window.



One thought on “A sampling of pHantaBlog Graphics

  1. There are of course many more images for Phantacea than these highlighted few online. You can get a Google’s gallery of them by going to the search engine atop the phantacea.com webpages, typing in, say, ‘images’ then hitting the images link. That takes you to here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=site:www.phantacea.com+images&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=RXZCVbKQA5LjoAT-pIDgAg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1398&bih=1061. After that, go crazy.

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