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The character of Fantômas is a curious example of Adaptation Expansion; originally, he starred in a series of turn-of-the-(20th)-century French novels, as a masked Diabolical Mastermind. These novels were later adapted into movies. Somehow, however, the character also ended up as the star of a Latino-American comic book series during the 1970s.

Fantômas was also the name of a villain in three films starring Jean Marais and Louis de Funès. This version also was a criminal mastermind, but more like a Spy Fiction supervillain and wore a blue rubber mask.


TV Tropes articles:

  • Fantômas, the original series of novels, started in 1911.
  • Fantômas, the French movie trilogy from the 1960s.
  • Fantômas, the Mexican comic book series from the 1970s.

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