The Phantom Detective continues his exciting lone campaign against a sinister organization of hooded death dealers who shackle a great city in the clutches of fear and terror. The greatest sleuth of all time is on the trail again! Follow the Phantom Detective on his perilous pursuit of the dread criminals who hold all Zenia City in their thrall! Chapter by chapter, in an ever-rising crescendo of breath-taking thrills, go with him as he works his way through a maze of intrigue and a labyrinth of crime unequalled in the history of the world. Lose yourself in the pulse-stirring experiences of the most ingenious and bravest of all enemies of the underworld!
Following The Shadow into pulp magazines as the second ‘pulp hero’ character, The Phantom Detective bore little to no similarity to Street & Smith’s vigilante. Except for both being born of wealth and having been in the Great War, there is little to compare between the two. While The Shadow worked with a team of agents, The Phantom Detective went to great lengths to fight his war against crime alone, keeping his identity secret from all but one and rarely calling on others to help him. Also, The Phantom Detective is quite possibly the only self-made Pulp hero to hit the newsstands, going to great lengths to teach himself all he needed to be the world’s greatest detective and more. Also unlike The Shadow, The Phantom Detective not only had a good relationship with the police, but they called on him for help so often that his trusted friend installed a beacon on top of a building to summon him when law enforcement needed help only The Phantom Detective could give!
The Scarlet Menace was originally published in the May 1933 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.