"How Do You Know My Name?": Jody Cahill and some friends sneak into his father's amusement park carnival after hours. They find one of the cards dead on the ground. The Phantom Stranger appears and warns them about stumbling around through the park. He recognizes
Appearing in "How Do You Know My Name?"
- Jay Cahill (Single appearance)
- Jerry Cahill (Single appearance)
- Jody Cahill (Single appearance)
- Vasti (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "How Do You Know My Name?"
Jody Cahill and some friends sneak into his father's amusement park carnival after hours. They find one of the cards dead on the ground. The Phantom Stranger appears and warns them about stumbling around through the park. He recognizes the boy's name and recalls an incident that occurred ten years ago.
Jody's father Jerry Cahill and his brother Jay had co-owned the carnival park. Their star attraction was the fortune teller Vasti. Vasti had warned them that great spirits and death haunted the park. There were several instances where equipment behaved strangely people claimed to see ghosts attacking them. But the Phantom Stranger arrived and learned that Jay Cahill, desiring to keep the business for himself hired Vasti to stage these disruptions so that the park would do poorly, thus forcing Jerry to sell his share to him. The Stranger exposed the scheme and Jay Cahill and Vasti went to jail.
But now, it looks like strange things are occurring at the carnival once again. Jerry Cahill decided to hire an occult debunker, Dr. Terrence Thirteen. The Phantom Stranger has had run-ins with Thirteen before and decides to investigate further.
The Phantom Stranger finds Thirteen in another section of the park. As the two converse, little Jody runs off. They hear him screaming in terror moments later. They race into the House of Thrills. The Stranger and Thirteen save each other's lives avoiding various traps and pitfalls.
They find the fortune teller Vasti is behind the attacks. But this is impossible as it has been reported that Vasti died in prison. Thirteen chases Vasti out of the house and towards the Ferris Wheel. Vasti scales the wheel but finds the Phantom Stranger waiting for him in one of the cars. Vasti tries to escape his grip, but slips and falls to his death.
On the ground, Dr. Thirteen discovers that this is not Vasti, but Jay Cahill. He wanted revenge on his brother for sending him to prison for ten years and perpetuated the idea of Vasti's ghost in order to drive the carnival into ruin again.
Appearing in "No Such Things as Ghosts"
- Ferandel, the Phantom of Paris (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "No Such Things as Ghosts"
Dr. Thirteen and his fiancé Marie Leeds take in an opera at the Paris Opera House. But as they watch the play, the female lead of the show dies. Employees immediately begin suspecting the Phantom of Paris, a ghoul who haunted the opera house over a century ago. Thirteen doesn't believe in ghosts and decides to investigate as his own. He masquerades as one of the other opera singers and flushes the phantom out. The phantom tries to escape by leaping from a balcony box onto the chandelier, but he is too heavy for it, and the chandelier drops plunging the Phantom to his doom. Thirteen removes the phantom disguise from the corpse to discover that it is actually a man named Ferandel. Ferandel was a writer who tried selling his plays to several opera house officials. But no one ever bought any of his work. Out for revenge, he inflated the century old Phantom legend and began stalking people in the opera house. Dr. Thirteen debunks another mystery.
Appearing in "Some Day in Some Dark Alley"
Synopsis for "Some Day in Some Dark Alley"
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- This issue is reprinted in Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Vol. 1.
- "How Do You Know My Name?" was originally printed in Phantom Stranger (Volume 1) #5.
- "No Such Things as Ghosts"' was originally printed in Star-Spangled Comics #126. The inset storyline was originally titled, "The Phantom of Paris".
- Neal Adams becomes the regularly featured cover artist beginning with this issue.
- The Vasti that appears in this issue is not to be confused with the carnival mentalist seen in various Deadman stories.
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Links and References
- Phantom Stranger article at Wikipedia
- Phantom Stranger biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Phantom Stranger index at Dark Mark's Indexing Domain
- Phantom Stranger series index at the Grand Comics Database