THE SEXTON BLAKE RESOURCE

SEXTON BLAKE IS BACK!


HE WAS CREATED IN 1893. SINCE THEN, NIGH ON 200 AUTHORS HAVE WRITTEN OVER 5,000 STORIES ABOUT HIM. FOR THE GREATER PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY, HE WAS PERHAPS BRITAIN'S MOST POPULAR FICTIONAL CHARACTER. IN ADDITION TO STORY PAPERS, NOVELS AND COMIC STRIPS, THERE HAVE BEEN SEXTON BLAKE STAGE PLAYS, MOVIES, TV AND RADIO SERIES. FOR MORE THAN SEVENTY YEARS, HE WAS A PERMANENT FIXTURE IN BRITISH CULTURE. IN 1978 THE LAST ISSUE OF THE 5TH SERIES OF THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY WAS PUBLISHED. THEN, ASIDE FROM A FEW ANTHOLOGIES, IT WENT VERY QUIET. NOW, THAT SILENCE HAS BEEN BROKEN. SEXTON BLAKE IS BACK! THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY SERIES 6, IS PRESENTING BRAND NEW TALES, EACH ISSUED ALONGSIDE A CLASSIC STORY FROM BLAKE’S “GOLDEN AGE.” FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEXTON BLAKE AND HIS ADVENTURES, OLD AND NEW, HERE AT BLAKIANA. DIVE IN TO THE THRILLING WORLD OF THE OTHER BAKER STREET DETECTIVE!

ZENITH LIVES!
An anthology of brand new Zenith stories from Obverse Books! Zenith the Albino, an opera cloaked gentleman with a taste for crime, danger and excitement and little thought for personal safety. Sexton Blake’s most stylish enemy! Obverse Books is proud to present a collection of new Zenith adventures from some of Blake’s biggest and best known fans: Michael Moorcock, Paul Magrs, George Mann, Mark Hodder and Stuart Douglas.
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THIS IS THE MOST DETAILED SEXTON BLAKE BIBLIOGRAPHY EVER CREATED, AND IS THEREFORE ENORMOUS! THE BAKER STREET DETECTIVE FEATURED IN A PLETHORA OF STORY PAPERS, SUCH AS PENNY PICTORIAL, THE BOY'S FRIEND, NUGGET WEEKLY, UNION JACK, AND DETECTIVE WEEKLY, TO NAME JUST A FEW; IN HUNDREDS OF SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NOVELLAS AND NOVELS; AND IN THE COMICS, KNOCKOUT AND VALIANT. THE BIBLIOGRAPHY CAN BE NAVIGATED IN TWO WAYS, VIA THE MASTER LIST, OR YEAR-BY-YEAR LINKS.

CLICK THE ABOVE LINK TO ACCESS A VERY LONG PAGE CONTAINING A STRAIGHTFORWARD LISTING, WITH EACH ENTRY COLOUR-CODED TO INDICATE WHICH ISSUES I OWN. THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES ARE LINKS WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TO THE RELEVANT ISSUE IN THE YEAR-BY-YEAR SECTIONS. THIS MIGHT TAKE SOME TIME TO LOAD IN YOUR BROWSER.

YEAR BY YEAR


These pages contain detailed descriptions of each issue, complete (in many cases) with a clickable thumbnail of the cover (which will open a larger image), notes, and a review of the story if I've read it. Links:

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  • REVIEW: A ROGUE AT LARGE

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    No cover as yet UNION JACK · New series · Issue 494 · 29/3/1913 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
    A ROGUE AT LARGE
    by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Unknown
    Other content: Unknown
    Notes: In a prison in Lagos, a dying man tells fellow inmate Count Ivor Carlac that he is Sir Denver Raymond and he knows how to escape. He shares this information with Carlac in exchange for the promise that Carlac will impersonate him and take up the inheritance of the Raymond estate in Norfolk. Some weeks later, Jack Raymond is deposed from his position as head of the estate by Carlac’s arrival. Banished from Raymond Towers, suspicious of his apparent uncle, and concerned about the influence the newcomer has on his mother, Jack spies on Carlac and witnesses him meeting with a man named Gipsy Joe. After following the latter, Jack is captured by him and imprisoned in an old mill house, where Joe’s cruel wife, Lil, keeps guard over him. Jack’s sweetheart, Estelle Clare, reports to Sexton Blake that he has gone missing. The detective sends Tinker to Norfolk to look into the case. There, the youngster learns that the new Sir Denver has raised taxes on the surrounding farms, lowered wages, and is planning to sell the estate. He joins locals in a protest march but is captured and incarcerated with Jack. Meanwhile, Blake is asked by Scotland Yard to investigate crook Flash Harry, who, having been recently released from prison is now regularly in receipt of large amounts of money from an unknown source. Blake recalls that the man was a confederate of Carlac. Clues lead him to Raymond Towers where, with Pedro’s help, he rescues Jack and Tinker and confronts Carlac. Unfortunately, the villain escapes.
    Trivia: Blake makes a statement that suggests that his adventures are fictionalised (by Amalgamated Press?): “The detective of fiction and fact are poles apart…” Flash Harry is referred to as the same that was involved in the Regent Street Robbery. However, in that tale he was named Swagger Harry.
    Rating: ★★★★☆☆
  • REVIEW: THE ABBEY MYSTERY

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    The Abbey Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 605 · 15/5/1915 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
    THE ABBEY MYSTERY; OR, THE TREASURE OF THE TRENTS
    by Anon. (Cecil Hayter) · Illustrator: W. Tayler
    Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Bogus Policeman (featuring Detective Spearing) by Anon.
    Notes: Sexton Blake is living in an isolated property in Chelsea, hiding out from three murderers who want him dead before he can give evidence against them. His friend, Richard Gale, receives a summons to Cadgestone Abbey in Cornwall where his uncle has just been murdered. Blake accompanies him and, at the abbey, they are informed by James, the manservant, that Gale is the heir to the estate, which, unfortunately, is almost bankrupt. During the night, Blake investigates the library where Sir Everard had been bludgeoned to death. There, he is attacked by an intruder who then flees. Further attempts are made on his life, though the perpetrator always remains hidden. The detective learns that there are two books hidden on the estate that contain a secret guide to a hidden treasure. After locating the first volume, he summons Sir Richard Losely to help him find the other. Upon its discovery, Blake sets a trap for Sir Everard’s killer. The man arrives with the three murderers in tow, enabling the detective to round them all up at once, though he takes a bullet in the leg in the process. With the identity of the principal villain exposed, Blake is able to discover the treasure without further interruption, making Richard Gale a rich man.
    Trivia: Blake’s refuge in Chelsea is reminiscent of his Messenger Square hideout that featured in the PENNY PICTORIAL stories of 1907-1913.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆☆


OTHER SITES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO FANS OF SEXTON BLAKE AND/OR THE WORK OF MARK HODDER



MARK-HODDER.COM
Mark Hodder, the creator and proprietor of Blakiana, is also the author of the Philip K. Dick award-winning The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and its sequels. Visit his website to discover more about his Burton & Swinburne series, other novels, and short stories (site under heavy construction).



MOORCOCK'S MISCELLANY
Multi-award winning author Michael Moorcock began his career as an Editorial Assistant at the Sexton Blake Library. He is a keen Blake fan and supporter of the Blakiana website. Visit his Miscellany to explore and discuss his wide-ranging work.



THE WOLD NEWTON CHRONICLES
Why doesn't Sexton Blake ever age? Because he's a member of an elite group descended from the British noble families and their retainers who were passing the village of Wold Newton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on Dec. 13, 1795, when a meteorite impacted the ground there. Find out more about this startling theory developed by author Philip José Farmer.



THE FRIAR'S CLUB
The only club or society that specialises in the work of Charles Hamilton, best known to the world as Frank Richards, the creator of Billy Bunter, the fat boy of Greyfriars.



BEAR ALLEY
Steve Holland: "Freelance author and editor for the past 20 years. My interests are old British comics, books and magazines ... and that's what you'll find here."



CREDIT

THE NAME "BLAKIANA" IS USED BY PERMISSION OF THE EDITOR OF THE COLLECTORS' DIGEST, MARY CADOGAN. ARTICLES ABOUT SEXTON BLAKE APPEARED IN THAT MAGAZINE UNDER THE BLAKIANA HEADING FOR 60 YEARS, ALONGSIDE A GREAT DEAL OF OTHER FASCINATING MATERIAL CONCERNING THE "OLD BOYS' PAPERS" OF YEARS PAST. REGRETABLY, THE COLLECTORS' DIGEST CEASED PUBLICATION IN 2008. THIS WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO CONTRIBUTED TO IT DURING ITS LONG LIFETIME.

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