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!
All The Phantom Detective’s knowledge, might and courage are called into play when he strives to blast a diabolic mass murder scheme hatched in the brain of a human fiend gifted with sinister powers of evil!
The release of Street and Smith’s The Shadow magazine paved the way for what fans and collectors today refer to as 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.
Even though the magazine was entitled The Phantom Detective, Van Loan was never referred to as such in the stories inside, but simply as The Phantom. Some have theorized that the magazine title was meant to indicate the entire magazine was in fact a Detective pulp. Which is highly likely. Some have also said that it was an attempt to differentiate this character from another similarly named one, Lee Falk’s comic strip hero, The Phantom. This theory is incorrect, however, as The Phantom did not debut until 1936.
Death Glow was originally published in the November 1938 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 Man in Oxford Gray
Chapter 2: Blue Death
Chapter 3: Strike the First Blow!
Chapter 4: The Phantom
Chapter 5: Out of the Frying Pan
Chapter 6: A Move on the Board
Chapter 7: Into the Fire
Chapter 8: The Death Cell
Chapter 9: Poison in the Dark
Chapter 10: Third Degree
Chapter 11: No Alibi
Chapter 12: The Experiment That Failed
Chapter 13: Daylight Death
Chapter 14: Life Saver
Chapter 15: Kill the Phantom!
Chapter 16: Whipsaw
Chapter 17: The Test
Chapter 18: Third Dimension
Chapter 19: In the Citadel
Chapter 20: Armageddon
Chapter 21: Van Loan Explains