Forged in war, The Phantom Detective wages a one-man battle on crime! Solving impossible mysteries and delivering his own justice, he is the underworld’s masked nightmare!
“The Rights to Your Invention — or You Die!” That was the implacable demand! A creation that could benefit…or cripple mankind and only man can keep it from falling in the wrong hands! Follow the Phantom Detective on the perilous trail of a fiend greedy for power!
Only two authors’ names ever appeared on the covers of The Phantom Detective Magazine as being responsible for the masked sleuth’s tales- G. Wayman Jones and Robert Wallace. These two men never existed, but were house names concealing the names of an actually extensive list of writers.
With so many authors responsible for the adventures of The Phantom Detective, there are obviously high points and not so high points throughout the series in terms of quality. A certain number of traits, however, seem to run standard for nearly all the entries in the series. The plot moves quickly and usually efficiently, going from intense action to actual mystery solving to focusing on the intent of the crooks and back again, the stories overall do not slow down enough, ensuring the listener is engaged from beginning to end. Another similarity is the willingness of authors to put The Phantom Detective in situations that he may not survive. Although he is a master sleuth, he is also one that makes mistakes, encounters obstacles, and often ends up in spots that end with him just barely escaping. He is fallible, a man behind the mask, not some larger than life character that listeners could never identify with. Granted, his pastime involves punching criminals and fighting evil, but even in doing that, The Phantom Detective is much more relatable than his Pulp peers.
‘Master of the World was originally published in the September 1935 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: A Dying Clue
Chapter 2: Ruthless Murder
Chapter 3: The Lame Devil’s Heels
Chapter 4: The First Clue
Chapter 5: Death for a Genius
Chapter 6: Shifty’s Double
Chapter 7: Mansion of the Devil
Chapter 8: Ghastly Death
Chapter 9: The Phantom Meets the Suspects
Chapter 10: Capture of a Spy
Chapter 11: A Million a Year
Chapter 12: The Menace Plays His Hand
Chapter 13: Easy Escape
Chapter 14: The Death of the Lingering Sword
Chapter 15: The Devil’s Disciple