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 Phantom Detective takes the trail of a daring, ruthless killer who brazenly flouts all the forces of justice and stalks a nation, spreading tragedy and havoc! Sensational secrets of unseen death hurl defiance at the Law as conspirators weave a baffling skein of mystery!
The fact that The Phantom Detective Magazine ran essentially for twenty years, allowing for publishing delays and the like, is amazing, making it the longest running Pulp magazine in history. What is just as fascinating, however, is that the lead character rarely, if ever, appeared on the front cover of his own magazine as he was described in his stories.
When Pulp fans think of The Phantom Detective, they most likely picture in their minds a handsome man wearing a domino mask in evening clothes and sporting, of all things, a stylish top hat. This image is very deserved, as the editors of The Phantom Detective Magazine decided to portray their lead character in exactly this fashion on the cover of the magazine each and every month, top hat usually included. This was likely done in part to establish a signature look for the character, much like the red scarf and droop brimmed fedora of The Shadow or the fright mask and, yes, also a fedora for the Spider. Even though the editors allowed for various writers to put their own spin on The Phantom Detective, it seems they were aware of a need for a consistent costume for such a character on the covers to perhaps visually appeal to readers, to make sure they were getting the right Hero. The Phantom Detective, though, never appeared in such a costume within any of his stories.
Murder at the World’s Fair was originally published in the June 1939 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 Called the Phantom
Chapter 2: Interrupted Banquet
Chapter 3: Clean Sweep
Chapter 4: A Piece of Glass
Chapter 5: “The Unseen” Threatens
Chapter 6: A Call for the Phantom
Chapter 7: Two Factions
Chapter 8: A Ride in the Rain
Chapter 9: Warm Welcome
Chapter 10: Staring at Death
Chapter 11: Two Gangs
Chapter 12: One Who Knew Too Much
Chapter 13: The Unseen Collects
Chapter 14: Invisible Death
Chapter 15: A Change of Heart
Chapter 16: Mixed Formulas
Chapter 17: The Wrong Password
Chapter 18: As on a Spit
Chapter 19: Electrical Voice
Chapter 20: Monumental Hoax
Chapter 21: Optical Illusion