BIBLIOGRAPHY 1927

1926
Master List
1928
PUBLISHING

Donald Stuart makes his debut as a Sexton Blake author. Born in 1896, Stuart was so well-known by his pseudonym of Gerald Verner that many people believed it to be his real name. A highly successful writer, he had a great many of his scripts performed on stage, including a Sexton Blake play. He was also responsible for the excellent 'sixties Sexton Blake radio series starring William Franklyn in the lead role. Donald Stuart died in 1980.

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No cover as yet THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE · 3rd series · Issue 18 · 19/11/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS (part 1)
by C. Malcom Hincks · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy is missing all the pages apart from the Sexton Blake story. This serial was reprinted in an abridged form in THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY second series issue 181 (1929).
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No cover as yet THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE · 3rd series · Issue 19 · 26/11/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS (part 2)
by C. Malcom Hincks · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy is missing all the pages apart from the Sexton Blake story.
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No cover as yet THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE · 3rd series · Issue 20 · 3/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS (part 3)
by C. Malcom Hincks · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy is missing all the pages apart from the Sexton Blake story.
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No cover as yet THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE · 3rd series · Issue 21 · 10/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS (part 4)
by C. Malcom Hincks · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy is missing all the pages apart from the Sexton Blake story.
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No cover as yet THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE · 3rd series · Issue 22 · 17/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS (part 5)
by C. Malcom Hincks · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Riddle of the Rovers THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE · 3rd series · Issue 23 · 24/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS (part 6)
by C. Malcom Hincks · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Sports Pie by the Pieman; Gather Round! (ed.); Mick o' the Midnight Mail by Alfred Edgar; The Flying Fighter by Robert Murray; The Sport-Shy School by Gordon Maxwell; What Price Jimmy? by Arthur S. Hardy.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE BOYS' REALM OF SPORT AND ADVENTURE · 3rd series · Issue 24 · 31/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROVERS (part 7)
by C. Malcom Hincks · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy is missing all the pages apart from the Sexton Blake story.
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The Helderstone Pearls THE POPULAR · Issue 434 · 21/5/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE HELDERSTONE PEARLS
by Anon. (Unknown but possibly Cecil Hayter) · Illustrator: L. E.
Other content: Captain Jack — Highwayman by Morton Pike; Looking for Bunter by Frank Richards; Saving His Enemy by Owen Conquest; In the House of Peril by Martin Clifford; The Freak at Ferdy's by George E. Rochester
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE POPULAR · Issue 435 · 28/5/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE STOLEN TIE PIN
by Anon. (Unknown but possibly Cecil Hayter) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is a reprint of THE MYSTERY OF THE STOLEN TIE-PIN which appered in THE PENNY PICTORIAL issue 626 (1911).
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The Black Hand THE POPULAR · Issue 436 · 4/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE BLACK HAND
by Anon. (Unknown but possibly Cecil Hayter) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Rebel of the Windy River Ranch by Owen Conquest; The Return of the Runaway by Frank Richards; George Figgins' Mistake by Martin Clifford; Captain Jack — Highwayman by Morton Pike
Notes: This is a reprint of THE BLACK HAND MYSTERY which appeared in THE PENNY PICTORIAL issue 627 (1911).
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No cover as yet THE POPULAR · Issue 437 · 11/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE HOUSEBOAT MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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THE CASE OF THE ARTIFICIAL RUBIES THE POPULAR · Issue 438 · 18/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE CASE OF THE ARTIFICIAL RUBIES
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The New House Rebellion by Martin Clifford; Caravanners to the Rescue by Frank Richards; The Captive Cowpuncher by Owen Conquest; Captain Jack—Highwayman by Morton Pike
Notes: None at present.
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THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGED CHEQUE THE POPULAR · Issue 439 · 25/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGED CHEQUE
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Captain Jack—Highwayman by Morton Pike; Lovell the Love-Lorn by Owen Conquest; Bob Cherry's Brain-Wave by Frank Richards; Holding the Fort by Martin Clifford; Tha Amateur Tramp by Anon.
Notes: None at present.
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The Colonel's Guest THE POPULAR · Issue 440 · 2/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE COLONEL'S GUEST
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Trouble at the Coyote Creek Ranch by Owen Conquest; No Surrender by Martin Clifford; Captain Jack—Highwayman by Morton Pike; Greyfriars Caravanners Abroad by Frank Richards; By Every Post (ed.)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Missing Sapphires THE POPULAR · Issue 441 · 9/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE MISSING SAPPHIRES
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Raided by Rustlers by Owen Conquest; Harry Wharton & Co. in France by Frank Richards; Dealing with the Rebels by Martin Clifford; Captain Jack — Highwayman by Morton Pike
Notes: None at present.
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The Secret of the King's Keep THE POPULAR · Issue 442 · 16/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE SECRET OF THE KING'S KEEP
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Billy Bunter's Fling by Frank Richards; The Prisoners of the Foothills by Owen Conquest; The Hand of the Enemy by Martin Clifford; Captain Jack — Highwayman by Morton Pike; A Word With Your Editor (ed.)
Notes: None at present.
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Tricked in the Train THE POPULAR · Issue 443 · 23/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
TRICKED IN THE TRAIN
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Rookwood Beats Spanish Kit by Owen Quest; Film Struck by Frank Richards; A Traitor in the Camp by Martin Clifford; Camping with a Cycle (article); Captain Jack — Highwayman by Morton Pike
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE POPULAR · Issue 444 · 30/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE MYSTERY OF THE THEATRE BOX
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Affair of the Shooting Party THE POPULAR · Issue 445 · 6/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE AFFAIR OF THE SHOOTING PARTY
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Word With Your Editor (ed.); The Jape of the Term by Martin Clifford; The Hold-Up Man by Owen Conquest; Algernon of the Remove by Frank Richards; Captain Jack — Highwayman by Morton Pike
Notes: None at present.
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What the Office Boy Saw THE POPULAR · Issue 446 · 13/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
WHAT THE OFFICE BOY SAW
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Snob of the School by Frank Richards; The Mystery of Mick the Cowpuncher by Owen Conquest; Grundy and the Grammarians by Martin Clifford; Captain Jack — Highwayman by Morton Pike
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE POPULAR · Issue 447 · 20/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE CASE OF THE GOONA PEARLS
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is a reprint of THE GOONA PEARL MYSTERY which appeared in THE PENNY PICTORIAL issue 639 (1911).
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No cover as yet THE POPULAR · Issue 448 · 27/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
THE THREE SOVEREIGNS
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is a reprint of THE MYSTERY OF THE THREE SOVEREIGNS which appeared in THE PENNY PICTORIAL issue 644 (1911).
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No cover as yet THE POPULAR · Issue 449 · 3/9/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is reprinted from ANSWERS WEEKLY issue 1,188 (1911).
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No cover as yet THE POPULAR · Issue 450 · 10/9/1927 · Amalgamated Press · Price unknown
PROVED INNOCENT
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Terror of Tangier THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 77 · Jan. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE TERROR OF TANGIER
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer, Mary Trent and George Marsden Plummer. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 615 (1938).
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 78 · Jan. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
WHO KILLED CARSON?
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Man Who Drove On THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 79 · Jan. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MAN WHO DROVE ON
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 80 · Jan. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
DEAD MAN'S SHOES
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: My copy is missing its cover.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 81 · Feb. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE AFFAIR OF THE KIDNAPPED CROOK
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.
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THE NIGHT-CLUB MYSTERY THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 82 · Feb. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE NIGHT-CLUB MYSTERY
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Sexton Blake, Tinker and Detective-Inspector Thomas visit the Green Parrot club, which is an outlet for illegally brewed liquor. After obtaining a bottle of 'moonshine' whisky from the club, Blake sends Tinker to the Leeds factory where the bottle was made. When mysterious lorries arrive to pick up a cargo of bottles which match the one used for the illegal booze, Tinker stows away aboard one of the trucks which is driven to a secret location. There, he is spotted and knocked unconscious. He is recognised by Reggie Fetherston, who orders him put aboard a barge with the bottles. The prisoner and cargo are then transported to a secluded gorge and carried into a complex system of caves where huge stills are producing the illegal whisky. Here also are Algy Somerton and Archie Pherison; the whole operation is run by the Three Musketeers! The criminal trio lower Tinker into a cave shaft which leads into unknown depths. He has light and food for just three days. After two days have passed, Sexton Blake heads north in the Grey Panther to search for his assistant. He follows the trail and ends up captured by the crooked trio. They brutalise Pedro in front of the detective before throwing the bloodhound into the shaft. Blake goes into a berserker rage and attacks the criminals and their gang but is overpowered and lowered into the darkness. At the bottom of the shaft, he finds Pedro and, after a while, Tinker. Seeking escape, they follow the course of an underground stream until, eventually, they are sucked into a whirlpool and swept up into pool on the surface, near Whitby. They visit the local police and gather a large force of men to raid the crooks' base. The gang is caught and arrested but the Three Musketeers escape. However, they have not taken Pedro's nose into account and the vengeful hound soon tracks them down. The trio are arrested and their villainous career finally comes to an end.
Trivia: This story has a haunting scene in which Pedro, at Baker Street, senses Tinker's peril — and so does Mrs Bardell! This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 663 (1939).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 83 · Feb. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE HUMAN APE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 84 · Feb. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CITY OF HORRORS
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 85 · Mar. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE ROGUES' REPUBLIC
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Marie Galante.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 86 · Mar. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
WANTED
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Disinheritance (article)
Notes: My copy lacks a cover.
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The Riddle of the Golden Fingers THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 87 · Mar. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE GOLDEN FINGERS
by Anon. (E. J. Murray) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Criminals and Plants (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 88 · Mar. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE TRAIL OF THE OLD LAG
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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THE TIGER OF CANTON THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 89 · Apr. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE TIGER OF CANTON
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Land of the Dragon (article)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer and Madame Vali Mata-Vali. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 628 (1938).
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The Cup Final Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 90 · Apr. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CUP FINAL MYSTERY
by Anon. (Alfred Edgar) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Football Swindles (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Human Mole THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 91 · Apr. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE HUMAN MOLE
by Anon. (Houghton Townley) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Pirates of the Airway THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 92 · Apr. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PIRATES OF THE AIRWAY
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.
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The Burglar of White Birches THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 93 · May 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE BURGLAR OF WHITE BIRCHES
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Mansion Fire THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 94 · May 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MANSION FIRE
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.
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The Three Masked Men THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 95 · May 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE THREE MASKED MEN
by Anon. (J. N. Pentelow) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Masked Men (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Hold-Up King THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 96 · May 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE HOLD-UP KING
by Anon. (F. A. Symonds) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Hold-Ups (article)
Notes: None at present.
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THE PALACE OF TERROR THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 97 · Jun. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PALACE OF TERROR
by Anon. (E. J. Murray) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Houses of Terror (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Secret of the Tomb THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 98 · Jun. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE TOMB
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Movie Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 99 · Jun. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MOVIE MYSTERY
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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THE ADVENTURE OF THE ROGUE'S APPRENTICE THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 100 · Jun. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE ROGUE'S APPRENTICE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Medical "Experiments" (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Cleopatra Needle Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 101 · Jul. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CLEOPATRA NEEDLE MYSTERY
by Anon. (J. N. Pentelow) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Famous Sites Crimes (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Riddle of the Amber Room THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 102 · Jul. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE RIDDLE OF THE AMBER ROOM
by Anon. (H. Egbert Hill) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Policeman's V.C. (article)
Notes: Story features Gunga Dass. This was reprinted as THE SIGN OF THE BLACK FEATHER in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 667 (1939).
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THE FATAL PIT THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 103 · Jul. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE FATAL PIT
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Coal Mine Crimes (article)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 631 (1938).
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 104 · Jul. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CRIME IN THE WOOD
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Clue of the Second Tooth THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 105 · Aug. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CLUE OF THE SECOND TOOTH
by Anon. (G. Verner) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Strange Clues (article)
Notes: None at present.
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Rogues of the Desert THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 106 · Aug. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
ROGUES OF THE DESERT
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Desert Rangers (article).
Notes: None at present.
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THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR ROOMS THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 107 · Aug. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR ROOMS
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Faked Antiques (article)
Notes: Story features Gilbert and Eileen Hale.
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The Phantom of the Mill THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 108 · Aug. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PHANTOM OF THE MILL
by Anon. (Lester Bidston) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 659 (1939).
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The Prisoner of the Buddha THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 109 · Sep. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PRISONER OF THE BUDDHA
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.
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The Oath of Fear THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 110 · Sep. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE OATH OF FEAR
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Taking the Oath (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Trail of Death THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 111 · Sep. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE TRAIL OF DEATH
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Tragic Expeditions (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Tour of Terror THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 112 · Sep. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE TOUR OF TERROR
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Chased by Crooks (article)
Notes: This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 680 (1939).
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The Case of the Disguised Apache THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 113 · Oct. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE DISGUISED APACHE
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Artful Apache (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Mary Trent. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 640 (1938).
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The Team of Crooks THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 114 · Oct. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE TEAM OF CROOKS
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Prisoners of Peru THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 115 · Oct. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PRISONERS OF PERU
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Splash Page. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 623 (1938).
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The Great Trunk Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 116 · Oct. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE GREAT TRUNK MYSTERY
by Anon. (Reginald H. Poole) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 676 (1939).
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The Great Trunk Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 117 · Nov. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MASKED DICTATOR
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Self-Made Kings (article)
Notes: None at present.
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All Suspected THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 118 · Nov. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
ALL SUSPECTED
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The "Who's Who" Problem (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Film City THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 119 · Nov. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE FILM CITY
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Hollywood (article)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer and Vali Mata-Vali. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 644 (1938).
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The Great Salvage Swindle THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 120 · Nov. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE GREAT SALVAGE SWINDLE
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Sea Swindles (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Poisoned Pen THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 121 · Dec. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE POISONED PEN
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Crime By Post (article)
Notes: Story features Splash Page. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 635 (1938).
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The Crook of Chinatown THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 122 · Dec. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CROOK OF CHINATOWN
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 123 · Dec. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE GIANT CITY SWINDLE
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 646 (1938).
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 2nd series · Issue 124 · Dec. 1927 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE SNOWS
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 651 (1938).
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The Quest of the Limping Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,211 · 1/1/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE QUEST OF THE LIMPING MAN
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Detective Magazine Supplement; The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace.
Notes: Having survived the fire that ended his last adventure (see FROM INFORMATION RECEIVED Union Jack 1,209, 1927), Dr Satira limps to a village doctor's house during the dead of night and kills the medical man. He treats his burns but is interrupted by the arrival of a man named Claban Cragg who has arrived in Britain to claim a large inheritance. Satira murders Cragg, adopts his identity then continues the man's journey to London and puts up at the Cosmo Hotel. Here he meets with Cragg's lawyers and receives the inheritance of £100,000 a year, a house in London, an estate in the country, and a remote island off the coast of Cornwall. When a murder brings Sexton Blake to the hotel, the detective connects it with Cragg — but, by that point, the disguised Satira has left the hotel with his henchman, Cropper. The murdered man had been an acquaintance of the real Cragg and, upon calling to see him, had realised that an impostor had taken his place. Blake traces Satira via Cragg's lawyers and sets off after his quarry. He catches up with him just as Satira launches a boat towards Cragg Island in a terrific storm. The vessel never makes it — Blake watches it crushed by a huge wave and Satira is lost, presumed dead.
Trivia: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 282 as WHERE IS DR. SATIRA? (1938)
Rating: ★★★★☆☆ 4
The Case of the Wrestling Rajah UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,212 · 8/1/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE WRESTLING RAJAH
by Anon. (L. Black) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Professor Crackstone, who runs a travelling boxing booth, visits Sexton Blake to ask his help in tracing Swaji, an Indian wrestler. A native of Buhl, Swaji has mysteriously vanished after working for Crackstone for six months. Blake visits Crackstone's show — currently near the village of Springbourne — and finds evidence that Swaji has been kidnapped. Further investigations reveal that a year ago the Rajah of Buhl was forced to abdicate after being mixed up in a murder case. He is now living in Cranstone Towers, just a couple of miles from Springbourne, and has been auctioning his jewels. Blake tries to gain an interview with him but is refused by one of the Rajah's thuggish American servants. The detective learns that the Rajah's original Indian staff were dismissed a few months after the disgraced monarch moved into the premises. Blake visits the letting agent, Richard Heathcote, but learns nothing from him. Upon leaving the agent's office, he notices a tremendously fat man getting out of a car. Back at Baker Street, a little later, Heathcote's niece turns up asking for the detective's help — her uncle has disappeared! Blake return's to Heathcote's office and there hears recorded on a wax disk, at the end of dictated letters, the arrival of a visitor and a conversation which is mostly inaudible but for the word 'Cranstone' and the exclamation "Not murder, Mr Brim!" That night, Blake breaks into Cranstone Towers, accompanied by Professor Crackstone and Alf White — the professor's assistant. Inside, they find a group of thugs who are partying hard. They also hear mention of a man named Peter the Spider. Moving deeper into the building, they discover Swaji laying on a bed in a state of drugged unconsciousness and, imprisoned in the dungeons, the Rajah himself. They liberate the monarch then find, and free, Heathcote, who has also been incarcerated in the dungeons. Swaji, Blake discovers, has been forced to impersonate the Rajah to facilitate the sale of his jewels. In making an escape from the building, Blake and his friends are confronted by the tremendously fat man the detective had seen earlier — Peter Brim, the Spider! Blake shoots the pistol from the Spider's hand but the criminal mastermind manages to escape. Some days later he sends Sexton Blake a message: I never forget or forgive!
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Spider's Revenge UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,213 · 15/1/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SPIDER'S REVENGE
by Anon. (L. Black) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features The Spider.
Unrated
The Riddle of the Green Diamond UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,214 · 22/1/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE RIDDLE OF THE GREEN DIAMOND
by Anon. (L. Black) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Round Table (ed.) Detective Magazine Supplement; The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace.
Notes: Story features The Spider.
Unrated
The Spider's Lair UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,215 · 29/1/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SPIDER'S LAIR
by Anon. (L. Black) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Round Table (ed.); The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace; Detective Magazine Supplement (final issue).
Notes: Story features The Spider.
Unrated
The Affair of the Were-Wolf UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,216 · 5/2/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE AFFAIR OF THE WERE-WOLF
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: C. H. B.
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Round Table (ed.); The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace.
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 343 as THE WEREWOLF MYSTERY (1939).
Unrated
The Lair of the Limping Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,217 · 12/2/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE LAIR OF THE LIMPING MAN
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Round Table (ed.); The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace.
Notes: This story picks up directly where issue 1,211 left off. Sexton Blake, Tinker and Inspector Coutts are in Cornwall staying at an inn while they wait to see whether the body of Dr. Satira will be washed up on the beach after the criminal's boat was wrecked in a massive storm. Unknown to them, Satira has survived. He makes it to land and, after hiding in a cave through the night, falls in with a travelling circus run by Joel Polado, who was once in the Criminals' Confederation. Using his chemical skills, he causes the circus wolf to attack Blake at the inn. The detective shoots it dead. Next day, Blake searches the circus but cannot find Satira, who is hiding in the lion's cage. The villain is desperate to get to Cragg Island, which he now owns and intends to use as his base. He commandeers an aeroplane which the circus uses for parachute displays and is flown out over the island. Satira parachutes onto it with a dwarf named Beppo strapped to his chest. When Blake questions Polado after witnessing the parachute drop, he is told that only Beppo jumped out of the plane. Polado denies all knowledge of Satira. Blake, Tinker and Coutts take a boat out to the island. In the old house upon it, they are trapped by Satira who has been met by three of his henchmen. They escape, leaving the three detectives bound, knee-deep in concrete and with nooses around their necks. Fortunately, Beppo comes to the rescue and the heroes live to resume their pursuit of the master criminal.
Trivia: Parts of the story were rehashed for DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 286 as BAIT FOR DR. SATIRA (1938).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Mystery of Black Dan's Treasure UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,218 · 19/2/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF BLACK DAN'S TREASURE
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) & Harry Lane (interior)
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Round Table (ed.); The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
Waldo's Wonder-Stunt! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,219 · 26/2/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
WALDO'S WONDER-STUNT
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are returning from Paris via a night flight when their journey is interrupted by a seemingly mad passenger. This man, an elderly hunchback, brandishes a gun, snatches a fellow passenger's attache case, then throws himself crashing through a window to plunge to his death. In truth, though, the man's hump is a parachute and his elderly features are a disguise; he is none other than Rupert Waldo. The attache case belongs to a diamond merchant and is filled with precious gems. When Waldo lands in darkness, he buries the treasure before exploring the immediate area. To his dismay, he finds that he has landed inside a huge walled enclosure guarded by jackals. When one attacks, he breaks its neck and flings it over the massively tall wall. Meanwhile, Blake has been commissioned to recover the diamonds. His search leads him to the Chase, the high-walled premises of Sir Rodney Drummond. Here he finds the dead jackal and, piecing the clues together, he realises that he is dealing with Waldo, who must be inside. Unfortunately, Sir Rodney is not inclined to let Blake in. He's taken a liking to Waldo and has allowed the villain to take refuge with him. Sir Rodney has three enemies; Kern, Maitland and Rorke; men who have blackmailed him almost out of his fortune and who now threaten his life. He offers Waldo fifty thousand pounds to get rid of them (stopping short of murder). The Wonder-Man agrees but upon learning that Blake has been sniffing around realises that his arch foe needs to be put off the scent first. To that end, he instructs Lord Rodney to call the police. Sexton Blake, meanwhile, has scaled the wall, discovered the diamonds and driven away to the local police station where he organises a raid on the Chase. Just as he and the police are preparing, a call comes through from Sir Rodney stating that he has captured an intruder. Blake realises that Sir Rodney and Waldo are in collusion and, as he expects, when the police capture the Wonder-Man, he promptly escapes. But at least the detective can content himself with the fact that the diamonds are recovered. This story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 330 as WALDO THE WONDER MAN (1939).
Rating: ★★★★★☆ Waldo never fails to entertain and Edwy Searles Brookes can always be relied upon to deliver the goods. This is a thoroughly intriguing and enjoyable tale. Incidentally, Blake and Tinker make much use of their Rolls Royce car, the Grey Panther, in this story and its sequels. Earlier in the sage, Blake owned an aeroplane of the same name.
The Affair of the Professional Avenger! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,220 · 5/3/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE AFFAIR OF THE PROFESSIONAL AVENGER!
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 1)
by Anon. · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Continuing where the previous issue left off, this story tells how Waldo the Wonder-Man deals with the first of Sir Rodney Drummond's three blackmailers. Oscar Maitland owns an antique shop ... and Waldo makes his acquaintance by crashing a motorcyle through its window! Sexton Blake, meanwhile, has looked into Sir Rodney's past, discovered that he was blackmailed, and has realised that Waldo is after the culprits. Later, at an auction, Maitland is outbid on an item by Lord Blackwood. Waldo has been tailing the antiques dealer and witnesses his annoyance. That evening, he telephones Blackwood and, imitating Maitland's voice, he makes vague threats. He also calls Maitland himself, this time posing as an American millionaire, and makes an appointment to see him. Maitland, excited at the prospect of a new wealthy client, invites Waldo into his home and is promptly drugged. While he sleeps, Waldo burgles Blackwood's house, stealing the item he won at auction and leaving evidence that suggests Maitland committed the crime. Inspector Lennard of Scotland Yard arrests Maitland despite Blake's scepticism. Waldo, aware that the detective is convinced of Maitland's innocence, decides to get Blake out of the way for a month or so while he completes his mission against the three blackmailers. Breaking into the Baker Street house, he forces Blake and Tinker into his car and drives them to the Chase where they are to be held prisoner. But the detective persuades Sir Rodney to dispense with Waldo's services and walks free, intending to find proof of Maitland's real crimes. This he does but before his evidence can be used, Maitland, who is out on bail, is poisoned to death by his fellow blackmailer, Simon Kern. This story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 332 as THE PROFESSIONAL AVENGER (1939).
The serial, THE STRIKING SHADOW, was reprinted in THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY second series issue 258 (1930) but with many revisions, not least of which being the replacing of Sexton Blake by Ferrers Locke.
Rating: ★★★★★★ The momentum builds nicely in this second installment of the tale and the banter between Blake and Waldo is particularly entertaining. These two enemies like and respect one another; it's only their different view of life that keeps them on opposite sides.
The Case of the Second Blackmailer! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,221 · 12/3/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE SECOND BLACKMAILER!
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 2)
by Anon. · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: In the third-part of this four-issue story, Waldo the Wonder-Man begins watching the second of the three blackmailers he has vowed to put out of business. This man, Hubert Rorke, is a moneylender and he's currently putting the squeeze on a Mr Douglas Hamilton. Waldo learns this from the victim's daughter, Doris. In order to draw Rorke and his fellow-villain, Kern, out into the open, Waldo impersonates Sir Rodney and gives an interview to the press in which he claims that he's opening up his London home and abandoning his life as a hermit in order to wage war on unscrupulous moneylenders and stockbrokers. The real Sir Rodney is horrified to read this and immediately calls for Sexton Blake's protection. Meanwhile, Rorke has left his office after a hoax call from Waldo. The Wonder-Man takes the opportunity to rob his safe. Upon his return, Rorke finds a 'Mr Buckland' waiting for him. Buckland, who is of course Waldo, claims to be acting on behalf of Mr Hamilton and pays that gentleman's loan off in full ... buying back the mortgage deed on Hamilton's property from Rorke with the money he's just stolen! Later, Waldo visits Blake and tells him what he's done. The detective approves but is concerned when, after Waldo has left, he receives a telegram from Doris Hamilton informing him that her father has disappeared. The old man, who has yet to hear that Waldo has solved his problems, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and has wandered aimlessly away. When Blake arrives, he uses Pedro to track Hamilton's route, which leads to the nearby home of Sir Rodney. There Hamilton is found and, thanks to the detective's medical skills and to the news that his loan has been repaid, he quickly recovers his mental health. Back at Hamilton's home, Waldo has arrived to find everyone gone. Then Rorke turns up determined to get back the mortgage deed by hook or by crook (mostly by crook!). Waldo weighs what appears to be the deed (though it isn't really) with a stone and throws it into a slimey pond before leaving. Rorke tries to recover it but starts sinking into the mire. By the time Blake arrives on the scene, the villain has died of fright. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 336 as WALDO'S WONDER STUNT (1939).
Rating: ★★★★★★ Another first class tale from the ever-impressive Brooks. In this episode there's the sense that Waldo is considering changing his ways, regretting the fact that he usually operates on the wrong side of the law, but, ultimately his buccaneering spirit wins out. A year before Leslie Charteris created Simon Templar, Brooks was way ahead, giving Waldo all the breezy scampishness of the Saint ... and then some!
The Lightning-Flash Mystery! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,222 · 19/3/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE LIGHTNING-FLASH MYSTERY!
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
THE STRIKING SHADOW
by Anon. · Illustrator: H. Lane
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: The morning after a night of severe thunderstorms, a mysterious female telephones Sexton Blake and informs him that he might find something interesting at a specific spot on Wimbledon Common. Intrigued, Blake goes there and discovers, in an area overlooked by Simon Kern's house, the burnt remains of a man who has been struck by lightening. Kern is the last survivor of the three blackmailers who Waldo the Wonder-Man has been hunting. But it appears that he is safe, for evidence found on the charred corpse suggests that the dead man is none other than Rupert Waldo! Detective-Inspector Lennard is called to the scene and, with Blake and Tinker, follows a trail leading from the body to Kern's house. They find the place in disarray; obviously the scene of a fierce fight. According to the housekeeper, Kern is upstairs asleep but when they go up they find his room empty. The gardener informs them that he saw Kern leave ten minutes ago, although he admits that he can't be certain it was his employer he saw. Blake forms the theory that the dead body is, in fact, Kern, while the man seen leaving the house was Waldo — who murdered Kern, diguised the death as a fatality by lightening, then planted evidence of his own identity on the body. The detective and his assistant return to Baker Street only to find Waldo sitting comfortably in their consulting room! He tells them the real story: the body was that of a by-passer who was genuinely struck down by the storm. Waldo took advantage of the situation by planting evidence to make it look like he and Kern had confronted one another with the argument culminating in Waldo's death. The plan, he hoped, would lead to Kern being hanged for murder. Now, though, the blackmailer was on the run. When Waldo reveals that Sir Rodney Drummond has gone abroad, Blake surmises that Kern has probably taken refuge in The Chase, Sir Rodney's fortified country house. He and Waldo decide to join forces in order to force Kern to confess his crimes. At The Chase, they take on roles as the ghosts of the blackmailer's former colleagues, Maitland and Rorke, terrifying him into the admission that he poisoned Maitland. In consequence, Lennard makes an arrest and Waldo's mission is completed. Having enjoyed himself so much, Rupert Waldo now starts wondering whether life might be better on the right side of the law. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 340 as SIMON KERN PAYS IN FULL (1939)
Rating: ★★★★★☆ A nice climax to an excellent sequence of adventures but one that suffers slightly in comparison to its forerunners; the denoument seems slightly too hurried. Nevertheless, the initial mystery — is Waldo dead? — works wonderfully. And his growing conviction that, just perhaps, it's time to be less of a villain and more of a hero is both touching and intriguing.
The Puzzle of the Blue Ensign UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,223 · 26/3/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE PUZZLE OF THE BLUE ENSIGN
by Anon. (Tom Stenner) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 4)
by Anon. · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Adventure of the Yellow Beetle UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,224 · 2/4/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE YELLOW BEETLE
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 5)
by Anon. · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: Story features Wu Ling.
Unrated
The Temple of Many Visions UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,225 · 9/4/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE TEMPLE OF MANY VISIONS
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 6)
by Anon. · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Sexton Blake in the Chinese Civil War. Story features Wu Ling
Unrated
Doomed to the Dragon UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,226 · 16/4/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
DOOMED TO THE DRAGON
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 7)
by Anon. · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Sexton Blake in the Chinese Civil War. Story features Wu Ling
Unrated
The House of the Wooden Lanterns UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,227 · 23/4/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE HOUSE OF THE WOODEN LANTERNS
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 8)
by Anon. · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: Sexton Blake in the Chinese Civil War. Story features Wu Ling
Unrated
The Coming of the Black Trinity UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,228 · 30/4/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE COMING OF THE BLACK TRINITY
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Val Reading
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 9)
by Anon. · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: Sexton Blake is summoned to prison where a dying inmate, with his last breath, gives him a clue with regard to an insidious force in the criminal underworld — The Black Trinity — whose existence Blake has suspected for a couple of years. The clue is the name 'Clement Ellwood'. On his way home, Blake is followed. He confronts his shadow who signals to a confederate. This second man, in a car, attempts to run Blake down but the detective leaps out of the way and, unknown to the driver, hitches a ride in the vehicle. When he announces his presence, the driver takes him to a house on the eastern outskirts of London and here he is introduced to a man named Mr Cable. Cable is frank in his admission that Blake's assassination has been ordered by the Black Trinity but doesn't appreciate the detective's cleverness; Blake escapes and makes his way back to Baker Street. There he learns that the two other witnesses who overheard the prisoner's last words have been murdered. Some weeks later, while a guest at a country manor, he is approached by a big game hunter named Bill Rokeby who wishes to consult him about the death of his best friend, Harrison Arlen. Arlen was supposedly killed by accident while cleaning his shotgun but Rokeby disagrees with this verdict and believes his friend was murdered. The man he suspects, who Blake then meets at the manor, is named Clement Ellwood. His alibi is that he was with a friend but, thanks to Tinker's ingenuity, Blake is able to disprove this with help from Felix Scudamore, a bookmaker. Helping the detective is Scudmore's downfall: a member of The Sillox Gang is dispatched to kill him. When this man warns him instead, a second man kills Scudamore and the first assassin. Blake, with Pedro, tracks the murderer to a train station. His quarry leaps aboard a goods train but Blake follows and captures him. Next, he interviews Clement Ellwood who eventually objects to his line of questioning and throws him out. Blake, though, plays the old trick of slamming the outer door while remaining on the inside. He thus overhears Ellwood telephoning his friend to arrange further details of his false alibi. After this, it is fairly easy for the detective to reconstruct Ellwood's movements on the night of Arlen's murder. Next, he and Tinker investigate Arlen's abandoned house, where Blake reveals to his assistant that Ellwood had been in love with Arlen's wife — this being his motive for murder. Ellwood appears, accompanied by many armed men who keep the detective and his assistant covered. However, Blake has planned ahead: Rokeby and a number of men appear and hold the crooks at gunpoint. Ellwood goes for his pistol and is shot dead. Thus the case of Arlen's murder is solved ... but The Black Trinity remains a mystery.
Trivia: There is a garage behind Blake's Baker Street house.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Trail of the Nameless Three UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,229 · 7/5/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE TRAIL OF THE NAMELESS THREE
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Val Reading
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 10)
by Anon. · Illustrator: None
Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: The first part of this tale is recounted by Zenith the Albino who is summoned to Smith's Kitchen by members of The League of the Cobbler's Last. They remonstrate with him for treating them like dogs. Their spokesman, Baxter, offers to fight Zenith in a boxing ring. This is duly arranged and Zenith wins — but only just. Afterwards, Baxter reveals that the mens' discontent was due to the fact that The Sillox Gang had been trying to recruit them. He also informs Zenith that The Black Trinity is behind the gang and that the 'Nameless Three' are, in fact, in Smith's this very night. He leads the Albino to a private room and Zenith enters, finding inside five men. Three are masked. The fourth, unconscious, is Sexton Blake; a prisoner of the Trinity. The fifth is the man who captured him; a common 'tough'. Except that Zenith, after introducing himself and withdrawing from the room, recognises that the detective, with cleverly applied make-up, has exchanged positions with the man sent to capture him! Blake had achieved this with the help of Julia Fortune who is masquerading as a hoodlum named Bill Jenkins. She is on a mission for the Secret Service to trap a man who betrayed H. M Foreign Office by selling a document to the Trinity. With her help, Blake exchanged identities with his supposed captor and entered Smith's Kitchen where he presented his prisoner to the Nameless Three. Now, knowing that Zenith has seen through his trick, he suspects that the Trinity might too. So when the mysterious trio retires to an inner chamber to discuss the situation, he quickly exchanges identities again. The Sillox Gang rush into the room and bundle away the wrong man, allowing Blake to make a fast getaway, though not before he hears that one of the three is catching a train to Aylesbury on the following Monday. On that day, Blake is at the station where he narrowly avoids another attempt on his life. The 'hit man' is captured but killed by a second agent of the Trinity, who then escapes. However, unknown to him, Blake, Tinker and Detective-Inspector Coutts are on his tail. As his car speeds through the countryside, he leaps from it. Blake, in turn, disembarks to follow him and is led to a farmhouse. Here, through trickery, he is captured, bound to a chair and sentenced to death. When Tinker and Coutts make a rescue attempt, they are also captured. Leaving its gas taps in the open position, The Black Trinity and Sillox Gang depart the farmhouse, with the three captives left bound inside. Moments before they suffocate, succour arrives in the shape of Julia Fortune who, as Bill Jenkins, had been accepted into the Gang. Coutts and Miss Fortune vow to join Blake in his future battles with the Nameless Three.
Trivia: Julia Fortune keeps a framed photograph of Sexton Blake on her dressing table. Sexton Blake says of Tinker that "he is one of the best shadows in the world."
Rating: ★★★★★☆
Sexton Blake, Suspect! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,230 · 14/5/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
SEXTON BLAKE — SUSPECT!
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Val Reading
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 11)
by Anon. · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Actress Mademoiselle Celestine Dubosque owes her success to a mysterious individual named Schwartzo, who has sponsored her career in return for her occasionally acting as his spy. Schwartzo, one of The Black Trinity, has rigged the markets in order to cause Sexton Blake some financial embarrasment, and he now uses Celestine to bring about the detective's downfall. She approaches Blake and asks him to help her stop her brother committing a crime. Blake agrees and follows her to a fur warehouse which he finds has already been broken into. Having been too late to stop her brother (who doesn't actually exist), Celestine extracts a promise from the detective that he will leave it for others to report the theft of the furs. The next day, Detective-Inspector Coutts visits Baker Street and informs Blake that he is suspected of the robbery. With circumstantial evidence — including money deposited into his bank account — weighing against him, Blake realises that he is being framed. Coutts believes him and vows to stand by his side, despite the fact that others at Scotland Yard — in particular a detective named Forsyth — are beginning to think that Blake has been leading a double life. Tinker discovers a photograph taken at the bank when the money was deposited. Although the individual who placed the money in Blake's account cannot be seen, a snake-shaped ring on his finger can. This is Blake's first clue. He receives a note from Julia Fortune asking him to meet her to receive further proofs of the conspiracy against him. However, Blake realises that the note has been intercepted by the Trinity. He and Tinker race in the Grey Panther to get to Miss Fortune before the villains but they suffer an accident. Blake waves down another car and finds himself face to face with a man wearing the snake ring — Schwartzo! The criminal races ahead and Blake follows, catching up with his foe at a house just as Schwartzo, who has Miss Fortune captive, attempts to execute her in an electric chair. After a pitched battle, Schwartzo dies in fitting style, and Julia Fortune hands Blake the villain's detailed plans for framing him. These discredit Forsythe and reveal that Schwartzo, though the spokesman for the Black Trinity, was not its leader.
Trivia: A character in this story mentions both the Sexton Blake bust and the UNION JACK.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Case of the Phantom Head! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,231 · 21/5/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE PHANTOM HEAD!
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Val Reading
THE STRIKING SHADOW (Part 12)
by Anon. · Illustrator: None
THE FOX OF PENNYFIELDS (Part 1)
by Anon. · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Crooked financier James Harrowgate fails to turn up for his trial and is later found murdered. Sexton Blake, Detective-Inspector Coutts and Detective-Inspector Harker discover that the victim seemed to have been in the midst of changing his identity, presumably to escape someone. Blake approaches one of the men who posted Harrowgate's bail and recognises his butler as an ex-associate of The Black Trinity. Next morning, Coutts announces a second and very similar murder. The victim turns out to be the butler. Blake investigates the man who had filed the charges against Harrowgate: Leslie Whittingworth. Later, when a man attempts to assassinate Blake, he is caught and arrested but Blake allows his female accomplice to escape, setting Tinker on her track. She is shadowed to a house which Blake feels certain is the headquarters of the last remaining member of The Black Trinity. That night, he breaks into the house but falls into a trap and is captured and left to die with a pad soaked with chloroform over his mouth. However, approaching the problem of The Black Trinity from another angle, Julia Fortune has also been led to the house, and, through a window, she knocks the pad from his face. She then distracts his captors by calling at the front door. Let in, she meets the owner; a young man whom she recognises as a disguised woman, a Russian named Lydia. This is the head of the Trinity. In Julia's presence, the woman summons her gang, among whom is Whittingworth. She orders the body of Sexton Blake to be brought before them — but when he arrives he is very much alive and wielding two pistols. He informs them that the police are on the way. Lydia pulls a lever to flood the room with gas. Appalled at this, Whittingworth shoots his leader through the head. He, in turn, is shot in the arm by Blake, who knows that Whittingworth was responsible for the murders of Harrowgate and the butler. The detective then reveals that he has sabotaged the gas valves, preventing them from functioning. The police swoop and round up the gang. It's the end of The Black Trinity!
Trivia: The serial — The Fox of Pennyfields — features Leon Kestrel.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Case of the Disqualified Derby UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,232 · 28/5/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE DISQUALIFIED DERBY
by Anon. (T. Stenner) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE FOX OF PENNYFIELDS (Part 2)
by Anon. · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Mrs Bardell on the 'Darby'.
Notes: The serial features Leon Kestrel.
Unrated
The Problem of the Double Four UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,233 · 4/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE PROBLEM OF THE DOUBLE FOUR
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE FOX OF PENNYFIELDS (Part 3)
by Anon. · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: When cracksman Lefty Macguire is released from prison, he is approached by representitives of The Double Four who want to recruit him to the organisation's outer circle. However, when he has a private interview with the Ace — leader of the gang — he accidentally exposes that man's masked face and is murdered in order to keep the Ace's identity secret. Two months later, Sexton Blake and Derek 'Splash' Page are attending a society event at which King Karl of Serbovia is present. When the lights go out and the King is shot, the Double Four's calling card is found beneath his body. According to Dr. Gaston Lenoir, present at the gathering, the bullet has only grazed the king's skull and he will be fine. But Blake is puzzled. Where is the bullet? And why did the lights go out if it was an attempted assassination? The answer to the latter question comes when the hostess discovers that her precious emeralds have been stolen. No lead emerges until later that night, when an informer suggests to Page that the Ace is responsible. Page takes this information to Sexton Blake, along with the suggestion that a crooked financier named Simon Yorke may be involved. Meanwhile, King Karl, now recovered, is informed by his Grand Chamberlain that a revolution is brewing in Serbovia. He refuses to return to his country. Simon Yorke, after being questioned by Blake, attends a meeting of the Double Four. While he is there, Blake breaks into his office and finds evidence that he is a member of the group. The detective takes the evidence to Detective-Inspector Coutts and they come up with a plan. Tinker, looking after business in Blake's absence, receives a visit from a young lady — in reality Lou Tarrant, the Double Four's talented female impersonator — who asks him to investigate her flat, which is supposedly haunted. He goes there with Splash Page and they witness a terrifying apparition ... not knowing that this has been prepared by Scarlatti, the Double Four's conjurer and illusionist. In the house opposite, which belongs to Dr Lenoir, the eight criminals — Lenoir being one of them — are monitoring events, waiting for Sexton Blake to turn up and fall into their trap. However, the tables are turned on them when the man they thought was Simon Yorke reveals himself to be the disguised detective, who announces that the real Yorke is in police custody. The Ace responds by pulling a lever which sends Blake plummeting through a trap door, firing his pistol as he falls. The shot his heard by Tinker and Page and they run across the road to Lenoir's house, forcing their way in. They manage to rescue Blake but not before the Double Four escapes through one of the house's many secret passages. The detective reveals that he has recovered the emeralds ... and that the Ace is, in reality, King Karl!
Trivia: Tinker is said to be eighteen-years-old. The story — and the subsequent two sequels — formed the basis of a non-Blake tale entitled SIGN OF THE DOUBLE FOUR which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 714 (1940). The serial features Leon Kestrel.
Rating: ★★★★★★
Duped by the Double Four UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,234 · 11/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
DUPED BY THE DOUBLE FOUR
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE FOX OF PENNYFIELDS (Part 4)
by Anon. · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Sexton Blake is visited by a young woman named Elizabeth Beverley whose fiance seems to have gone missing. Richard Dann is a young inventor who has created a typewriter that automatically types whatever a person dictates. He had arranged to demonstrate the device in front of three typewriter manufacturers but then vanished, sending the girl a note to say he will return in due course. The note is patently a forgery. Blake visits Dann's workshop and finds the safe open, empty and bloodstained. In the fireplace are the charred fragments of burnt papers. Back in his Baker Street laboratory, the detective tests the blood. He also identifies handwriting on the charred paper as that of 'Frisco Fred, a well-known forger. With help from Detective-Inspector Coutts, Blake traces Fred to a nightclub. He and Tinker attend the club in the guise of a couple of wealthy Americans and fall in with Fred, who tries to con them out of a fortune. The crook takes them to a house for some private gambling but the detective and his assistant soon find themselves locked in a room. They escape into the now empty house, investigate, and discover Richard Dann tied and bound in the cellar. The young man explains that he was kidnapped and that the crooks believe they have possession of his invention when, in fact, they have nothing but a dud. Sexton Blake attends the demonstration of the dictation machine. The typewriter manufacturers are astounded to find that the device works. Dann demands five hundred thousand pounds for the secret. Blake, though, suddenly reveals that the whole game is a scam and that the Double Four are behind it! Dann is 'Gold Brick Dann' — a well-known con man — and Miss Beverly is his wife! Blake and Tinker tackle the criminal but other members of the gang appear and a huge fight breaks out. Doctor Lenoir, one of the foremost members of the Four, is captured, as are Dann and his wife. As Splash Page later opines, it is a massive defeat for the Double Four!
Trivia: The serial features Leon Kestrel.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Gallows Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,235 · 18/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GALLOWS MYSTERY
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE FOX OF PENNYFIELDS (Part 5 final)
by Anon. · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Story features The Double Four. The serial — The Fox of Pennyfields — features Leon Kestrel.
Unrated
The Return of Sexton Blake UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,236 · 25/6/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE RETURN OF SEXTON BLAKE
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 1)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Story features The Double Four, Ruff Hanson and Splash Page. This issue's cover features Eric Parker's seminal portrait of Sexton Blake. The serial, THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU, was later reprinted in THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY second series issue 254 (1930) but with many revisions — the main one being the replacement of Sexton Blake with Ferrers Locke.
Unrated
Eclipse! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,237 · 2/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
ECLIPSE!
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 2)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: This story was inspired by an eclipse that took place over Northern England and Wales this year. It features Ruff Hanson and Splash Page.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Ivory Beam UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,238 · 9/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE IVORY BEAM
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes (cover) and J. H. Valda (interior)
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 3)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Story features The Double Four, Ruff Hanson and Splash Page.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Vanishing Shop UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,239 · 16/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE VANISHING SHOP
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 4)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Story features The Double Four.
Unrated
THE CASE OF THE FRIEND OF MAY CUBITT UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,240 · 23/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE FRIEND OF MAY CUBITT
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 5)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino. This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 334 as THE AGONY AD MYSTERY (1939)
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The Great Yachting Week Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,241 · 30/7/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GREAT YACHTING WEEK MYSTERY
by Anon. (G. M. Hincks) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 6)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Dyed Rats UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,242 · 6/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DYED RATS
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 7)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 373 as THE MAN WHO MADE GOLD (1940).
Unrated
The Vengeance of the Marsh UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,243 · 13/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE VENGEANCE OF THE MARSH
by Anon. (R. L. Hadfield) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 8)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Terror of Goringhurst UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,244 · 20/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE TERROR OF GORINGHURST
by Anon. (A. Paterson) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 9)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Haunted Hotel Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,245 · 27/8/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE HAUNTED HOTEL MYSTERY
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 10)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: The main story was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 3rd series issue 10 (1941).
Unrated
The Adventure of the Dummy's Double UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,246 · 3/9/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE DUMMY'S DOUBLE
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 11)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Mrs Bardell on the Great Explosion
Notes: The Chief Commissioner of Police, Sir Henry Fairfax, visits Sexton Blake to discuss the still-at-large Dr Satira. When he leaves, he is kidnapped by the criminal in question. Meanwhile, Blake and Tinker investigate a murder at Madam Boutard's Waxworks which is being rebuilt after a great fire (since it is just around the corner from Baker Street, it is obviously Madame Tussaud's, which was gutted by fire in 1925). The detective realises that someone has entered the country illegally by posing as a waxwork dummy delivered from France... and that person is Satira. Together with Detective-Inspector Coutts, Blake tracks down the captain of the cargo ship which brought the dummy across the Channel. They learn that Satira had intercepted the ship and gone aboard, paying the captain a considerable sum to transport him. The Captain is taken into custody but as Coutts leads him away from the docks a poison dart hits his prisoner who collapses, dead. Sexton Blake and Tinker return to Baker Street where they narrowly escape death when Satira bombs their sitting room. The next morning, they are called to Scotland Yard where they learn that Sir Henry has gone missing. Dr Satira issues an ultimatum — the police must hand over the Jewelled Ape of Khurdan to secure Sir Henry's freedom, else he will be killed within 24 hours. Blake puts a counterplan into action; that evening, at his behest, the papers announce that the idol has been stolen. In diguise, the detective takes it to a fence named Jerry Drymer and word soon reaches Satira, who offers to purchase it. Blake is taken to the villain's headquarters and is followed by a number of Yard men who mount a raid. Satira is finally captured.
Trivia: In a welcome extra feature, Mrs Bardell describes the explosion in the Consulting Room. Parts of the main story were rehashed for DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 286 as BAIT FOR DR. SATIRA (1938).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Case of the Oil Pirates UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,247 · 10/9/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE OIL PIRATES
by Anon. (Stacey Blake) · Illustrator: Unknown
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 12)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Mrs Bardell Says.
Notes: This tale marks the first appearance of Captain Christmas in the Blake saga. Three men — Jacob Jamson (real name Bamberger), Julius Crimp and Huckaback J. Baltimore — run the Nautilus Petrolium Syndicate but the source of their oil supply is a mystery. When Captain Bilbery of their ship, the Goldfish, is murdered, Sexton Blake is hired by a government minister to investigate. The man taken on to replace Bilbery is named Captain Christmas. He once came to the aid of Blake in Port Said, so Blake now returns the favour be warning him to be wary of his employers. Blake and Tinker, both heavily disguised, then sign on as crew, with Christmas unaware of their true identity. The Syndicate trio also come aboard as crew (the ship has no passenger licence) though they have no intention of working. The vessel sets sail for an undisclosed destination. En route, Christmas has run-ins with almost everyone aboard, especially with Tamworth, the first mate, and is soon out of favour with the Syndicate. When they attempt to murder him by throwing him overboard, he retaliates by forcing the Syndicate to work as deckhands. Pretty soon, a mutiny is brewing and the crew fool Tinker into thinking it is planned for three days hence. In fact, it happens immediately and Blake & Co. are caught off guard. Forced at gunpoint to cease their meddling, they continue as deckhands until the vessel reaches the Persian gulf. There, they escape and swim ashore where they find that the Syndicate has tapped a British oil pipe. The ship's crew catch up with them and a massive fight erupts. The three escapees are knocked unconscious. The villainous sailors limp back to the Goldfish and report to Tamworth. He sends a man to shoot Blake, Tinker and Christmas dead. The sailor does so when he sees them on a sand dune, outlined against the night sky. However, unknown to him, his victims are, in fact, three of his own crewmates. Blake & Co take a boat and sail for Port Said. When the Goldfish arrives there, they sign aboard, so heavily disguised that they aren't recognised. The vessel continues its journey to London where it's met by Detective-Inspector Coutts. Blake had sent a wire ahead and now the villains are rounded up and arrested.
Trivia: The story is followed by MRS. BARDELL SAYS— in which that worthy old soul gives to her sister, Mary Ann Cluppins, a hilarious account of Sexton Blake's return from the 'Persian Golf'. Wonderful stuff! The main story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 327 as OIL PIRATES (1939).
Rating: ★★★★★★
Justice Defied! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,248 · 17/9/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
JUSTICE DEFIED!
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 13)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: It is the day of Dr. Satira's trial and it begins with posters mysteriously appearing all over London warning that everyone concerned with proceedings against the criminal will be hung by the neck. The first victim, discovered by Sexton Blake and Detective-Inspector Coutts, is the prosecuting lawyer, Sir Kirby Cannon K.C. who is found swinging from the rafters of his own bed chamber. The Judge, Mr Justice Carrogate, is next; garrotted in his car. Sir Henry Fairfax voices concern over how this will affect the reputation of Scotland Yard but the murders soon become the least of his problems when a great many fire engines suddenly arrive at the court causing huge confusion amidst which Satira is broken out of his prison van and driven away. Left in the van is the dead body of Jerry Drymer, the fence who was the main witness for the prosecution. Sexton Blake & Co. race after the departing villain but lose track of him — Dr. Satira has escaped! When the detective and his assistant eventually return to Baker Street, they find Satira waiting for them. Bound hand and foot, they are left in the consulting room with a can of petrol next to the fire heating up to the point where it will explode. Blake burns the cords from his wrists and moves the petrol away from the heat before freeing Tinker. They chase after the master-criminal but he escapes into the sewers.
Trivia: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 292 as WARNING FROM DR. SATIRA (1938).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery Man of Marl House UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,249 · 24/9/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY MAN OF MARL HOUSE
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 14)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: With a massive manhunt underway, Doctor Satira is in desperate need of a refuge. While laying low in the British Museum he is spotted by Detective-Sergeant McKyne. Satira attacks the policeman, knocks him unconscious and hides him in a mummy case. The villain, aided by members of his gang, then invades the house of a hermit named Matthew Marl. Some days later, a man named Thomas Phillips visits Sexton Blake and tells him that, ten years ago, his uncle mysteriously vanished. Recently, he returned out of the blue. This man, Lee Jenner, then went out leaving Phillips with a note to be opened should he fail to return. When it seemed that Jenners had vanished once again, Phillips opened the note. It informed him that his uncle had gone to Marl House and that Sexton Blake should be consulted. The note was signed 'Lee Jenners alias Golden Jack Bowers.' Blake recognises the alias as the name of a bank robber who had recently been released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence. The detective theorises that Matthew Marl had been Bowers' accomplice in the robbery and had got away with £40,000. Bower is now after his share of the loot. The Phillips and Satira cases come together when a clue at the museum suggests that Satira may be using Marl House as his hideaway. Blake and Detective-Inspector Coutts go there but can't get past the huge walls and heavy gate. They settle to watch the house from a building opposite, not realising that this belongs to one of Satira's gang. Meanwhile, the doctor opens Marl's safe and finds Jenners' dead body inside. He also, after a search, discovers the proceeds of the bank robbery and a secret passage leading underground to a nearby empty house. When he telephones the overlooking premises and is answered by Blake, he realises that he must make an immediate getaway. Blake and Coutts lead a police raid on Marl House but, by the time they enter, Satira has killed Marl and escaped along the secret passage, £40,000 the richer.
Trivia: This was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 296 as THE MISER OF MARL HOUSE (1938).
Rating: ★★★★★★
Sexton Blake, Convict UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,250 · 1/10/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
SEXTON BLAKE, CONVICT
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 15)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Note-Book
Notes: Dr. Satira invades the home of a blackmailer named Eustace Sylvester, kills him, and gains access to documents which were being used to bribe Lord Powers. Disguised as Sylvester, Satira drives to Kyvern Manor, the blackmail victim's home, and demands to be allowed to stay there for a week or more. Fourteen days later, Detective-Inspector Coutts sets off for the manor having been informed by Powers that the Kyvern diamonds have been stolen. The following day he disappears and Lord Powers summons Sexton Blake. The detective learns that the Scotland Yard man had vanished from the guest bedroom during the night. Invited to remain at the manor, Blake goes to bed but is suddenly enveloped by the canopy of his four-poster. The next day, at Baker Street, Tinker receives a visit from Detective-Inspector Widgeon who informs him that Blake, just like Coutts, has vanished. Together, they travel to Kyvern and, that night, Tinker witnesses an unconscious Widgeon being lowered from a bedroom window and loaded into a car. Leaping onto the luggage rack, the young detective finds himself being driven away. Meanwhile, Sexton Blake awakes to find himself incarcerated in an abandoned prison which has been purchased by Dr. Satira. Coutts is also there and, together, they manage to break free just as Tinker arrives on the back of the car transporting Widgeon to his fate. Commandeering the vehicle, the escapees drive to a nearby town and rouse the police. The prison is raided but Satira flees in a gas balloon. Lord Powers commits suicide, leaving a note which explains how the criminal had blackmailed him into supporting his nefarious schemes.
Trivia: Parts of this were rehashed for DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 300 as DR. SATIRA'S REVENGE (1938).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Trail of the Bandaged Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,251 · 8/10/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE TRAIL OF THE BANDAGED MAN
by Anon. (Robert Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 16)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook
Notes: While on the run from the police, Doctor Satira is involved in a train crash. After stealing the clothes from a dead passenger named Shrood, he bandages up his face so that he won't be recognised. The passenger turns out to be a private detective, so Satira takes his place and travels to the home of Sir Joel Madders, who wants the theft of some emeralds investigated. Satira discovers that Sir Joel has many other treasures, including diamonds, and decides to steal as much as he can. It turns out that the valet, Raddles, has the same idea — he wants to join with Satira and split the proceeds. Satira responds by killing him. Detective-Inspector Coutts is called to investigate the murder — he is told that it is Shrood who has died — and takes with him Sexton Blake and Tinker. Sir Joel informs them that Shrood was discovered dead in his bed, apparently strangled by Raddles who is missing. However, when the detectives view the body and unwrap the bandages from the dead man's face they find that it is Raddles. Suddenly a shot is fired from an upstairs window at Tinker who is waiting outside. The lad catches a glimpse of Satira but when Blake and Coutts search the house they find no sign of the villain. That night, Blake overhears Satira speaking on the telephone in Sir Joel's locked study. He fetches Coutts for support but by the time they return to the room their bird has flown. The Scotland Yard man is left on guard and, two hours later, finds himself confronted by Satira who mysteriously vanishes from the room. The next morning, workmen are called in to strip the panelling from the walls. A secret passage is revealed, which explains how the villainous doctor has been able to move so freely around the house. Of Satira, though, there is no sign; he disguised himself as the body of Raddles and was removed by the mortuary men, escaping the law once again.
Trivia:. Parts of this were rehashed for DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 300 as DR. SATIRA'S REVENGE (1938).
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Mystery of the Master Crook's Messenger UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,252 · 15/10/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MASTER CROOK'S MESSENGER
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 17)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: The main story was reprinted in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 337 as THE RIDDLE OF THE KING CROOK'S MESSENGER (1939).
Unrated
The Norman Duke Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,253 · 22/10/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE NORMAN DUKE MYSTERY
by Anon. (N. Wood-Smith) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 18)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: None
Other content: Tinker's Notebook.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of Colton's Mule UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,254 · 29/10/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF COLTON'S MULE
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
THE BLACK ABBOT OF CHENG-TU (Part 19)
by Anon. (G. H. Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Affair of the Rotten Rails UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,255 · 5/11/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE AFFAIR OF THE ROTTEN RAILS
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Clue of the Second Goblet UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,256 · 12/11/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CLUE OF THE SECOND GOBLET
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Haunted Trail UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,257 · 19/11/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED TRAIL
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Monocle-wearing Furg the Fur Man is the manager of the All-Alaska Fur Store Ltd. — a London firm which, upon its inception, quickly begins to snatch trade away from bigger, better established companies. When a Canadian competitor named Jeff Wallard attempts to shoot Furg during an auction, Sexton Blake's curiosity is aroused. Furg never seems to bid ... so where do his furs come from? Commissioned to investigate, Blake goes to Vine Street police station to interview Wallard and learns that the man was trying to avenge his brother, who died after stumbling into one of Furg's traps on the 'Haunted Trail' in Canada's Strong Woods. This trading passage has been avoided since Furg appeared in the district and has gained a reputation for being haunted and unlucky. Some weeks later, Blake and Tinker arrive in North West Canada and trek to the fur-trapping country around Strong Woods. At the first trading post they come to, they find that its commissioner has been fatally stabbed, evidentally because he had discovered something about the Haunted Trail. He says one word — "McEnemy" — and dies. The detective and Tinker proceed to 'Big Divide', the next trading post. Leaving Tinker to guard the huskies, Blake enters the post and is confronted by a huge brute of a man known as The Red Factor. This villain, with his sidekick, Francois the Wolf, overpowers Blake and leaves him tied up before making a getaway. Tinker comes to the rescue and he and Blake discover a huge stash of furs in a cellar beneath the trading post. Plainly, there is illicit business going on. When a man — McEnemy — turns up, Blake holds him at gunpoint and forces an admission from him: he has been helping fur poachers to smuggle out furs beneath the noses of the officially sanctioned companies. Further explanations are interrupted by the arrival of a mountie — Trooper Bell — who arrests Blake for the murder of the commissioner and takes him and Tinker away for questioning. McEnemy awaits the return of The Red Factor and, upon that villain's arrival, informs him that as soon as Blake's identity becomes known, the game will be up. The Red Factor races south along the Haunted Trail and warns his gang — which preys on fur trappers who pass along the trail — that Blake is on the warpath. While the detective, still in Trooper Bell's custody, is delayed by a blizzard, the villain reaches a telegraph office and sends a message to Furg. Three days later, Blake reaches the same office and receives messages that prove to Bell his innocence. He sends the Mounty to join forces which are, at his orders, surrounding the Strong Woods. These forces round up the gang, one of whom confesses to killing the commissioner of the trading post. Furg's stash of smuggled furs are destroyed by a mysterious fire and the fur man claims the insurance. Blake knows that arson was committed but cannot lay the crime at Furg's door.
Trivia: Tinker is said to be about eighteen years old.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Alaska Sweepstake Swindle UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,258 · 26/11/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ALASKA SWEEPSTAKE SWINDLE
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features Furg, the Fur Man.
Unrated
The Adventure of the Phantom Sealer UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,259 · 2/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE PHANTOM SEALER
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features Furg, the Fur Man.
Unrated
The Affair of the Black Carol UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,260 · 10/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE AFFAIR OF THE BLACK CAROL
by Anon. (Gwyn Evans) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Ruff Hanson has been hired to look after the son of a film producer — Mr. Benjamin Cayterer — who fears that an unscrupulous rival named Isidore Solmann might try to kidnap the boy and hold him hostage until Cayterer hands over an incriminating statement by a crook once employed by Solmann. Hanson has been given the run of Lyveden Manor in Kent for the duration of his job and invites Sexton Blake, Tinker, Detective-Inspector Coutts and Splash Page to join him there for the festive season. As Cayterer is doing research for a series of films based on the work of Charles Dickens, this provides the theme, and all dress up as characters from the author's books. A large party is thrown for the children of the parish and fun is had by all... until late in the evening when Cayterer Junior is snatched from his room. The following day (Christmas Day) a wax disk is delivered to the mansion. On it is recorded the sound of Junior being tortured. Investigations seem to lead nowhere until, late that night, Ruff Hanson follows a ghostly noise down to the cellar where he is knocked out. He has stumbled upon a smuggling operation in which the manor's butler is involved. Before he is overpowered, the big American manages to shoot a bullet through the butler's wrist and it is this, the following morning, which attracts Blake's attention. While Hanson escapes and rounds up the gang, Blake traces the whereabouts of Junior and goes to his rescue... but Mrs Bardell gets there first and gives the kidnappers a good hiding with her umbrella. With Junior returned to his father, a merry Christmas is had by all (except the villains, of course).
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
Captive Cargo UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,261 · 17/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
CAPTIVE CARGO
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features Furg, the Fur Man.
Unrated
The Adventure of the Green Imps UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,262 · 24/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE GREEN IMPS
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Terror of the Pit UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,263 · 31/12/1927 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE TERROR OF THE PIT
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: Tinker's Notebook; Dead Man's Rock by Sir A. T. Qullier-Couch.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated



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