Issue 1709 - fortnightly, 2014

$5.50

36 pages.

Mint condition.

"The Usurer" - story by Jan Berendtz and art by Heiner Bade.

Cover art by Heiner Bade.

Story : 

Kit Walker returns to Plymouth to visit his uncle Jonathon, only to find that his uncle has become the hapless victim of a financial fraudster. Loan agreements have been falsified to extract repayment of a debt that should never exist. The perpetrator of the fraud, one Nicholas Bixley a printer, is doing it because he himself owes money to a very evil Usurer by the name of Mr Hanley who has been using extortionate death threats. Fearing for his life Bixley attempts to falsify documentation that make it appear that the Walker family owe a large debt on a ship purchased many years previously by The Phantom’s father.

When Bixley is confronted with the crime he breaks down in confession and The Phantom realises that Bixley has only been a pawn in the fraud. The real evil doings behind this and the motivator of all this is the Usurer, whose crimes extend far beyond this singular event. The Phantom sets out to entrap the Usurer with the aid of the repentant printer. In a flash of purple, with a fleet foot race around the dock. It’s a final chase across the water that brings the Usurer his just deserts ...

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