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 voice of a mysterious leader directs the grim criminal tasks of the Bent Car Mob — whose fiendish depredations baffle the police and public! Follow the Phantom on the trail of this vicious combine.
The release of Street and Smith’s The Shadow magazine paved the way for the Hero Pulps, those magazines featuring heroic leads who were extraordinary in some form or fashion. Not one to let the opportunity to make a dime go by, Ned Pines, the man behind Thrilling Publications, sent his own crimefighting character into the mix in February 1933, capturing the second slot of such a magazine debuting just a month prior to Street and Smith’s other juggernaut, Doc Savage. Pines’ The Phantom Detective would take on the underworld and solve the unsolvable for 170 issues, ranking third in the hero pulps for most issues published, falling right behind Pulp’s two leading men, The Shadow and Doc Savage. Due to inconsistencies in its publishing schedule, however, The Phantom Detective does hold the title for longest running Pulp magazine, its last issue published in 1953.
As with many Pulp heroes, The Phantom Detective made his way into comic books as that media gained more and more prominence. Published originally in his own Pulp magazine by Thrilling Publications, the character also had a life as a four-color hero. The Phantom Detective debuted in Thrilling Comics, a title published by Pines under his company’s comic line, usually referred to as Nedor Comics. His costume included the top hat that he never wore anywhere in the Pulps except on the covers!
‘Cavalcade of Death’ was originally published in the August 1937 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: The Council of Five
Chapter 2: Death Strikes Twice
Chapter 3: Nightmare of Doom
Chapter 4: The Phantom Takes the Trail
Chapter 5: Meet Big Al Diamond
Chapter 6: Gunner McGlone Strikes
Chapter 7: Murder’s Anteroom
Chapter 8: Between Two Fires
Chapter 9: Stool Pigeon’s Fate
Chapter 10: Double-Cross Plot
Chapter 11: Hell Brood’s Hideout
Chapter 12: Human Fly
Chapter 13: Rogue’s Rendezvous
Chapter 14: Buzzing Mr. Beadle
Chapter 15: Trigger Triangle
Chapter 16: Female Fury
Chapter 17: Second-Hand Steal
Chapter 18: The Merry-Go-Round of Death
Chapter 19: Showdown Slaughter
Chapter 20: Funeral Fodder