Superstar writer Tom King and superstar artist Tony S. Daniel had a creative solution when DC Comics refused to let them use a requested villain in September’s Batman #55.
Speaking at his spotlight panel at San Diego Comic-Con, King revealed that Daniel wanted to use King Tut as a villain in the upcoming comic. King asked, but DC said no. So King and Daniel created Phantom Pharaoh, a brand-new character who King described as essentially the exact same character as King Tut. Bleeding Cool Ace Reporter Aaron Haaland was on the scene to send us this live report.
Created specifically for the 1960s Batman television show and portrayed by Victor Buono, King Tut didn’t appear in DC Comics until 2009, with a new version created by Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis, and José Luis García-López. Though King Tut is somewhat obscure for a Bat-villain, it’s surprising that a creative team with such star power would be denied the request, but it’s heartening to know that they decided, **** it, we’re just gonna do it anyway and call him Phantom Pharaoh.
That’s an origin story we can really get behind. Batman #55 hits stores on September 19th.