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Phantom Sheriff. The Phantom Sheriff was created by Edward Holmes and appeared in sixteen stories and story serials in Wild West Weekly (U.K.), Detective Weekly, and Knockout from 1938 to 1949, beginning with “The Phantom Sheriff Goes East” (Wild West Weekly (U.K.), June 4, 1938).

The Phantom Sheriff is a Costumed Avenger. The Phantom Sheriff is a masked law officer on the western frontier of the United States in the years after the Civil War. He wears a mask to protect his loved ones from the revenge of bad men. He captures and when necessary kills criminals, many of whom are on the fantastic side, including robots (androids and an “iron octopus”), airplanes, missiles, and castles in the desert. On at least two occasions he assisted Sexton Blake.

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