In the 1960s and 70s, it was common for paperback publishers to reprint old pulp stories in novel form. Though the stories would remain the same, the covers would often be updated to reflect the times and to hopefully bring in new readers.
Corinth Books, which previously specialized in softcore paperbacks, reprinted over twenty of the Phantom Detective’s adventures. The Phantom Detective had originally been published from 1932 to 1952 so. when Corinth started reprinting his tales, they knew that they needed a cover artist who could make the stories appeal to a contemporary audience. They selected the legendary Robert Bonfils, who was one of the first artists to be profiled on this site.
Below are the adventures of the Phantom Detective, reimagined by Robert Bonfils: