A reimagining of the Golden Age classic comics cover PHANTOM LADY #15 by artist Francine Delgado.
A property of Fox Feature Syndicate, the original crime drama book was published in December 1947, with pencils and inks by Matt Baker and titled ‘An Army of Walking Dead,” referring to a story inside featuring Doctor Crime and plot to take over control of the United States using zombie operatives.
The female protagonist Sandra Knight is a Washington D.C. socialite and daughter to Senator Henry Knight. As heroic costumed alter ego Phantom Lady, Sandra Knight battles crime using her detective-like wit and fighting skills. She is aided by a specialty gadget, a blacklight ray that she uses to project darkness, blinding her foes and making her invisible.
I was super excited to cover one of the first books where a woman was the lead , not a sidekick, damsel or secretary. I chose #15 because I wanted to draw Sandra Knight/ Phantom Lady interacting with her surroundings. I wanted to give more depth to the image and a greater feel for the dimensions and space between our hero and the other characters. - Francine Delgado
I updated her costume to be more of a modern woman, but keeping items that make her recognizable, like her color scheme. It also impressed me that she is one of the rare classic female heroes fighting crime in flats, not heels. Phantom Lady for me is like Batman. She is a crime fighting detective with fighting skills, not super powers, and a cool gadget that helps her in taking down her foes. - Francine Delgado
Fran(cine) Delgado is a Costa Rican born artist (Pura Vida!) now living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Skilled in many aspects of design, her most recognized fan artworks include the female heroes from X-Men: Evolution, and her on-screen illustration work includes The Addams Family, Monster High and Megaman.