Fantomas! His name sends icy shivers down the stalwart spines of French authorities. Fantomas! He deals in death and mayhem for high stakes profit! No stakes are higher than world freedom, so the shadowy criminal offers to combat the German war machine. When Fantomas makes an offer, the contract is signed in blood!
- "Taxi to Hell" by Lee Richards — Step on it! How often do cab drivers hear that snarled command? This cabbie steps on it, alright — steps on love and hate, stomps on heart and lungs, and grinds out the last spark of life!
- "The Emerald Eye" by KT Pinto, you'll meet Raphael Jones, a new hardboiled P.I.! He rolls his eyes over a new client and heeds her bidding, for three times his normal rate — until he’s dealing with forces beyond mortal comprehension!
New illustrations by Ed Coutts.
Cover design by Rich Harvey.
Awesome Tales is a fanzine produced by Black Cat Media (R. Allen Leider) and packaged/published by Bold Venture Press. The cover feature is on Fantomas, the sinister French pulp supervillain. Fantomas (which I covered more completely in a recent post) was created in the early 1900s and appeared in over 30 stories. Moving beyond gentlemen thieves, he was more clearly villainous, in the style of later villains such as appeared in the “weird menace” pulps. Set during WWII, the story here has Fantomas pitted against the Nazis. This seems appropriate. Other than in the Tales of the Shadowmen series, we haven’t had much new Fantomas works, so this is a nice change. This is the first of a multi-part story. Rounding out the issue are two other stories. We have “Taxi from Hell” by Lee Richards, a weird little crime tale. KT Pinto provides “The Emerald Eye,” a story with a new PI: Raphael Jones. But this is not your standard detective story. This is promised to be the first of a new series. Overall, it’s another good issue. I thought it was interesting that #2 had pulp villain Dr. Mabuse, and with this one we get Fantomas. No definite word when the next issue will be out, or what it will bring, but I look forward to it, especially if we get the next part of the Fantomas story.