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!
Crime’s most hideous devices — kidnapping and cocaine are the weapons of a genius of evil in a blood-chilling campaign of terror instigated by greed and the lust for power! Follow the Phantom on a thrilling trail of murder!
Although other characters also had multiple writers, there may be reasons that so many contributed to The Phantom Detective. It is well known that multiple stories within the Phantom Detective series were originally intended for other characters but, for whatever reasons, were rewritten into Phantom Detective entries. The number of authors for this series relates not only to its longevity, but also to the fact that The Phantom Detective was more or less a straightforward lawman, albeit in a mask. Other Pulp heroes took on lost races, psychotic madmen with plots to litter the streets of New York with thousands of bodies, or mysterious monsters and insane mad scientists. The Phantom Detective, more often than not, steered clear of such outlandish threats and focused more specifically on street level crimes, be it actual crimes against citizens or massive underworld plots to rob the world blind. This more realistic take on a Pulp hero may have made the character easier for multiple authors to either write stories from beginning to end, or even to take tales they were already writing and simply rework them to fit as a Phantom Detective adventure. Even some of the wilder stories in the series seemed to benefit from the simplicity behind the basic concept. The accessibility of the series made sure that Phantom Detective fans had 170 stories to read from a fantastic variety of authors.
‘The Murder Caravan’ was originally published in the January 1937 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.