This is Erik as he was described in the original book. This is what the Phantom REALLY looks like. As much as I love the movie, Erik isn't really supposed to be handsom, he was actually described to look like a living corpse or a zombie. As sexy as Erik was in the movie, I still kinda prefer the book version of him better. ^_^ O.K. it may seem a little disturbing to see him without the shirt but Erik says in the book that he is covered in death from head to toe, which means it wasn't just his face that was deformed.
Whats the deal with the half mask? It's a mockery of the movie versions of Erik, the way they always make him handsome with only half a mask.