BIBLIOGRAPHY 1949

1948
Master List
1950
ISSUES
KNOCKOUT · Issue 514 · 01/01/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO (part 13)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke) · Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake spots Solo hiding in one of the barrels being unloaded from the barge. Tinker uses a crane to swing up and kick over the barrels, spilling the criminal onto the ground. He races away but Tinker rolls a barrel after him, knocking him over. Blake disarms the villain and snaps on the handcuffs. Solo is caught at last!
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 515 · 08/01/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 1)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This serial is the only Sexton Blake comic strip to have been drawn by Sexton Blake's most well-known artist, Eric Parker. The story is a variation of A CASE FOR SEXTON BLAKE (also by Edward Holmes) which was serialised in DETECTIVE WEEKLY beginning with issue 371. The latter was also made into a radio serial by Francis Durbridge.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 516 · 15/01/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 2)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 517 · 22/01/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 3)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker arrive at the castle of Monte Cristo where they are greeted by the descendants of the famous Count of Monte Cristo: Edward Dantes and his daughter, Denise. Blake shows Dantes the toy and is informed that it's the Monte Cristo talisman, which is said to hold the key to a fabulous treasure hidden somewhere in the castle. Dantes says he can fix the talisman and asks the detective to solve the mystery of the hidden treasure. He takes Blake to his grandfather's workshop and shows him a remarkable life-sized clockwork model of his ancestor. Unfortunately the key to this doll is missing, so Dantes is unable to demonstrate the mechanism. That night, while Dantes entertains his guests upstairs, the model comes to life and takes possession of the talisman.
Rating: ★★★★★★
KNOCKOUT · Issue 518 · 29/01/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 4)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: The life-sized doll which had been shown to Sexton Blake is, in fact, a real man — their mysterious ememy. Now he has possession of the talisman which holds the secret to the treasure of Monte Cristo. Two of the man's underlings now carry the real doll through secret passages to replace it in the workshop. They quickly leave the room just before Sexton Blake and Dantes enter. The latter immediately notices that the talisman is missing. Blake finds the entrance to the secret passage and, with Tinker, enters. He discovers a spy hole and realises that all his conversations with Dantes have been overheard. Footsteps in the passage alert him to the approaching clockwork doll ... or is it the mystery man?
Rating: ★★★★★★
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 519 · 05/02/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 5)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 520 · 12/02/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 6)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Denise Dantes tries to fight off the two henchmen who have come to kidnap her. Blake, Tinker and her father hear her screams and rush to the rescue. They arrive too late but find the talisman with a note ordering Dantes to fix it in return for his daughter's safety. Blake advises him to do as instructed. He then finds a book Denise had been looking at. In it is a photograph of Dantes' half brother, Fernand. Blake realises that this is their opponent. Meanwhile, Denise is locked into a dungeon. Searching for a means of escape, she peers into an air vent and sees two green eyes glaring back at her.
Rating: ★★★★★★
KNOCKOUT · Issue 521 · 19/02/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 7)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: The eyes turn out to be those of Denise's pet cat. She writes a note on her handkerchief and ties it around the cat's neck, hoping that it will be found by Sexton Blake. Meanwhile, Dantes has mended the talisman and winds it up. Blake looks on as the figures move. He counts the times their swords tap together and notices that it gives the number 3745. He is interrupted by a maid who has discovered Denise's note. This information leads the detective to plan a trap for Fernand. That night, a secret panel opens in Dantes' room and two of the crook's henchmen creep in and take Dantes prisoner not realising that their captive is, in fact, a disguised Sexton Blake!
Rating: ★★★★★★
KNOCKOUT · Issue 522 · 26/02/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 8)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 523 · 05/03/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 9)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 524 · 12/03/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 10)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 525 · 19/03/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 11)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 526 · 26/03/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 12)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Having overpowered the guard, Blake and Tinker escape from imprisonment and confront Fernand. He escapes through the window and crawls along a ledge on the wall of the castle. Blake follows but his quarry dives into the sea and swims to the detective's flying-boat. Blake follows but Fernand fires up the plane and drives it straight at him!
Rating: ★★★★★★
KNOCKOUT · Issue 527 · 02/04/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 13)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 528 · 09/04/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (part 14)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Eric Parker)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: After rescuing Fernand from the sinking flying boat, Sexton Blake joins Tinker, Edward Dantes and Denise at the castle. He recounts how events had begun when Fernand had chanced across the talisman which had been stolen from Dantes. This artifact holds the key to the location of the fabled Cristo treasure: the number 3745. This, Tinker suddenly realises, is linked to the life-sized clockwork doll. Blake agrees and sets the number into the dial on the doll's back. Dantes winds it up and watches as the device marches across the room and lifts a painting from above the fireplace. The hearth swings open to reveal a hidden room piled high with treasure. Thus is solved the secret of Monte Cristo.
Rating: ★★★★★★
KNOCKOUT · Issue 529 · 16/04/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND TINKER VERSUS PLAGUE OF CRIME (part 1)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: In March of 1939, Sexton Blake's pursuit of a criminal named John Plague reaches its climax in the law court when the villain is sentenced to fifteen years' hard labour. Plague swears to have revenge on the detective and, while breaking rocks in Dartmoor, he nurtures his hatred. Ten years pass until, at last, he manages to escape. He flees to New York but, many months later, he returns to London and pays a visit to Baker Street where he confronts Blake, gun in hand.
Trivia: This serial was reprinted in KNOCKOUT FUN BOOK 1956.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 530 · 23/04/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS THE ASTOUNDING JOHN PLAGUE (part 2)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: John Plague tells Blake that he has gathered a gang of vicious criminals from around the world. The only man standing in his way is Sexton Blake ... so Blake must die. Just as the villain is about to pull the trigger, a girl enters the room. The distraction gives Blake his chance and he knocks Plague flying down the stairs.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 531 · 30/04/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS THE ASTOUNDING JOHN PLAGUE (part 3)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Plague is picked up by his men, carried to a car and driven away. The girl introduces herself as Joyce Standish. She asks the detective to find her father, a scientist, who has mysteriously vanished. She reveals that the night before he went missing he was visited by John Plague. Blake and Tinker drive Miss Standish to her home in Devon. Their car, the Grey Panther, is spotted by Plague's men as it passes the house they are using as a base. The crooks draw lots to decide who will kill Blake. The task falls to a thug named Igor.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 532 · 07/05/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS THE ASTOUNDING JOHN PLAGUE (part 4)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 533 · 14/05/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS THE ASTOUNDING JOHN PLAGUE (part 5)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 534 · 21/05/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS THE ASTOUNDING JOHN PLAGUE (part 6)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Knowing that Sexton Blake is nearby, John Plague orders his men to search the priory and to shoot to kill should they see the detective. Blake evades the men and knocks out the professor's guard. He unties the captive and escapes with him through the window. They flee to the road in time to meet Tinker, who races to their rescue in the Grey Panther. Sexton Blake orders his assistant to drive straight to Moreton Manor. Plague overhears this and tells his men to take a quicker route to the manor to search for the plans and kidnap the professor's daughter, Joyce Standish.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 535 · 28/05/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS THE ASTOUNDING JOHN PLAGUE (part 7)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 536 · 04/06/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS THE ASTOUNDING JOHN PLAGUE (part 8)
by Anon. (Leonard Matthews) · Illustrator: Anon. (Reginald Heade)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 537 · 11/06/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE STRANGE CASE OF THE PLASTIC BULLET (part 1)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Jack Grandfield)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 538 · 18/06/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE STRANGE CASE OF THE PLASTIC BULLET (part 2)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Jack Grandfield)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 539 · 25/06/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE STRANGE CASE OF THE PLASTIC BULLET (part 3)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Jack Grandfield)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 540 · 02/07/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE STRANGE CASE OF THE PLASTIC BULLET (part 4)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Jack Grandfield)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 541 · 09/07/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE STRANGE CASE OF THE PLASTIC BULLET (part 5)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Jack Grandfield)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 542 · 16/07/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RIVER GANG (part 1)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This serial was reprinted in KNOCKOUT from 21st October 1961 to 25th November 1961 under the title PETE MADDEN AND THE MISSING MEN with Sexton Blake's name changed to Pete Madden and Tinker's changed to Steve.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 543 · 23/07/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RIVER GANG (part 2)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 544 · 30/07/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RIVER GANG (part 3)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Tinker follows Limpy Perilli to the basement of an empty house where he overhears him telling someone named Jessop that he must be aboard the Merlin if he wants his freedom. Suddenly, Tinker finds himself trapped. Meanwhile, on the Merlin, Sexton Blake is held prisoner with John Trent of Scotland Yard. They manage to free themselves from their bonds and Blake fights through the River Gang and leaps overboard.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 545 · 06/08/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RIVER GANG (part 4)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: With crooks approaching him on all sides, Tinker takes refuge in a cupboard under the stairs. From here, he overhears the news that the Merlin is going to be blown up. Furthermore, there will be a detective on board, though who this is, Tinker doesn't know — except that it's not Sexton Blake. As he tries to leave, Tinker is caught by one of the villains. Meanwhile, Blake informs the river police that the Merlin is run by the River Gang. A raid is organised but the criminals blow the ship up before the police can get aboard. Blake believes that John Trent was aboard.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 546 · 13/08/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RIVER GANG (part 5)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Tinker is captured by the gang. Meanwhile, Mary Trent approaches Wensley Grant's country house to search for her brother ... and is also captured. Unknown to her, John Trent is at that moment being rescued from the Thames by Sexton Blake aboard a police launch. He reveals that he is, in fact, a Scotland Yard detective, though not even his sister knows this. Suddenly, the crooks' boat approaches and shots are fired. The two vessels collide.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 547 · 20/08/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RIVER GANG (part 6)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 548 · 27/08/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 1)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: John Gaynes, owner of Marley Farm, meets with his cousin, Richard Gerrard, who is determined to have the farm which, for centuries, has belonged to the Gerrards. The next day, an old sword is found in one of the fields. It is the fourth relic to be found — a leftover of an historic battle in which one of Gerrard's ancestors, a Cavalier, had been killed by Roundheads. Each time such an artefact has been discovered, a phantom Cavalier has appeared ... and tonight is no different. Gaynes, upon hearing movement in his study, goes to investigate and is knocked over the head by a figure dressed in Cavalier clothes. The next morning he telephones Sexton Blake. The detective arrives with Tinker and meets with Gaynes and his neighbour, Gilbert Rakes. He examines the sword and finds in its hilt an old letter. Rakes offers to place it in the local bank for security but when he leaves a car draws up and he is kidnapped.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 549 · 03/09/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 2)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: As the car speeds away, Sexton Blake telephones the police. An hour later, they call back to tell him that the vehicle has been found abandoned. The following day, Blake, Tinker and Gaynes fly to Malaga in Spain. Within minutes of their arrival, they receive a note from the Phantom Cavalier warning them to return to England. Blake and Tinker are then nearly run over by a car. They chase after the driver and are led into a large house where they find themselves face to face with the Phantom.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 550 · 10/09/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 3)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 551 · 17/09/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 4)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 552 · 24/09/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 5)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 553 · 01/10/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 6)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Taking a couple of horses from the captive bandits, Sexton Blake and Tinker set off to find Castle Grande. Meanwhile, inside the castle, Richard Gaynes is being questioned by the Phantom Cavalier. He manages to break free and, upon entering a dungeon, finds his cousin Gerrard locked in chains. Upon being recaptured, Gaynes is also locked in a cell and finds that he is sharing it with Gilbert Rakes. His fellow prisoner informs him that the Cavalier is trying to find out how Blake had opened the sword hilt. Gaynes tells him that he remembers seeing the detective manipulating the knob at the end of the hilt. When Rakes is taken away to be questioned, it is revealed that Gaynes has been tricked into revealing the information. The Cavalier opens the hilt and finds the manuscript within. Blake and Tinker attempt to break into the castle via an upper window but are seen approaching and an ambush is prepared.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 554 · 08/10/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 7)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 555 · 15/10/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PHANTOM CAVALIER (part 8)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Blake and Tinker follow the Phantom Cavalier and watch as he and his men dig up the treasure chest. When it proves to be empty, the Phantom goes to fetch Don Hernando. Blake and Tinker duck for cover but are spotted. While Tinker holds the henchmen at bay, Blake grabs a sword and fences with the Phantom. He beats him and unmasks him ... revealing Gilbert Rakes. The adventure ends with the plot exposed and the villains under lock and key.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 556 · 22/10/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GOLD OF SHEBA (part 1)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 557 · 29/10/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GOLD OF SHEBA (part 2)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 558 · 05/11/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GOLD OF SHEBA (part 3)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 559 · 12/11/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GOLD OF SHEBA (part 4)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 560 · 19/11/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GOLD OF SHEBA (part 5)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 561 · 26/11/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GOLD OF SHEBA (part 6)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Blake, Tinker, Molly Crane, Zimba the Pygmy and Brutus the gorilla hide in a cave as the Zulambas draw near. Enraged, Brutus rushes out to attack. He is overpowered and left bound hand and foot while the rest of the group are captured and led away. They’re taken to the Temple of Sheba and tied to upright stakes. Blake realises that Carson the Trader is pretending to work with Molu and the Zulambas but is actually stealing their treasure and replacing it with cheap copies. Watching over them from his hiding place in the statue of the god, Professor Crane starts a fire, and when the natives see the smoke pouring from their deity’s eyes, they flee in terror. Crane races out and frees the detective and the others. However, the spreading fire causes the entrance to the temple to collapse, trapping them all with the flames.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 562 · 03/12/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GOLD OF SHEBA (part 7)
by Anon. (Edward Holmes) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 563 · 10/12/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RED RAPIER (part 1)
by Anon. (James Higgins) · Illustrator: Anon. (Roland Davies)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This serial was reprinted in KNOCKOUT from 12th August 1961 to 14th October 1961 under the title PETE MADDEN AND THE THUNDERFLASH with Sexton Blake's name changed to Pete Madden and Tinker's changed to Steve.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 564 · 17/12/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RED RAPIER (part 2)
by Anon. (James Higgins) · Illustrator: Anon. (Roland Davies)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT · Issue 565 · 24/12/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RED RAPIER (part 3)
by Anon. (James Higgins) · Illustrator: Anon. (Roland Davies)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: One of Sylvester Stone's men shoots at Sexton Blake as he drives around the race circuit in John Best's car. Blake's subsequent crash is witnessed by Tinker and Molly Best, who rush to his rescue. That night, one of Best's mechanics, Lucas, who is a member of Stone's gang, reports to his boss that Blake is alive and will accompany the Red Rapier to the continent. At customs, Stone watches as the Red Rapier is unloaded, knowing that the plans for the atomic gun are hidden inside it. He meets with his gang and organises the capture of the racing car.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 566 · 30/12/1949 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RED RAPIER (part 4)
by Anon. (James Higgins) · Illustrator: Anon. (Roland Davies)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT FUN BOOK 1949 · Undated · Amalgamated Press · 7/6
THE SECRET OF THE ATLANTIC
by Anon. (unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake receives a visit from Captain Shaw R.N. The naval man has been robbed of a chart which his ancestor found in a bottle at sea. It marks the spot where treasure is supposedly hidden — yet the location identified is just empty ocean. Blake quickly catches up with the burglar who confesses that he was commissioned by a Dr. Kropoff. The detective pays Kropoff a visit but the doctor flees down a fire escape, placing a bomb behind him which destroys the stairway. Blake returns to Kropoff's room while Tinker follows the criminal. He finds a book in which is described a sunken city filled with treasure. Meanwhile, Tinker falls into the hands of Kropoff and his henchmen and is taken aboard a yacht. Sexton Blake sets off in pursuit in the flying disc and soon catches up with the vessel. Tinker jumps overboard and is picked up by his guv'nor. They fly above cloud level and from there spy on Kropoff through infrared binoculars. When they see him lowered into the ocean in a diving suit, they follow in the disc and discover the lost city of Atlantis. There they capture Kropoff, who has found the treasure. They take him to the surface where his yacht has been waylaid by a cruiser, which was summoned by Blake and which is commanded by Captain Shaw.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Mystery of the Woman Overboard THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 183 · Jan. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE MYSTERY OF THE WOMAN OVERBOARD
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Such is Fame (article)
Notes: None at present.
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Terror at Treetops THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 184 · Jan. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
TERROR AT TREETOPS
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Big Noises (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Riddle of the Night Garage THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 185 · Feb. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE RIDDLE OF THE NIGHT GARAGE
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Oh! To be a Millionaire! (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the African Trader THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 186 · Feb. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE CASE OF THE AFRICAN TRADER
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Line of Fire (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Secret of the Living Skeleton THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 187 · Mar. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE SECRET OF THE LIVING SKELETON
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Value of the Jury (article)
Notes: A skeletal man named Laurence Mail, who claims to have stolen some sacred stones from tribesmen during a trip to Africa, hires Sexton Blake to protect him. He asserts that he doesn't know how he came into their possession as he was fever stricken at the time. Now he thinks his life is in danger from men who've come to Britain to reclaim the gems. Blake agrees to the job but, in truth, he doesn't believe a word of Mail's story and is more interested in his client's strange behaviour and relationship with his brutish butler, Sidd, who Tinker later recognises as a radio mechanic. Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Sway, at the Pilgrim Inn, a travelling salesman named Peter Trinder decides to fake his own death and start a new life. Unfortunately, he is murdered and battered beyond recognition before he can carry out his plan. Blake discovers the body and catches a youth named Cary who tries to flee from the scene. He is immediately convinced of the boy's innocence, though Detective-Inspector Carver disagrees. When circumstantial evidence seems to incriminate him, Cary escapes and runs away. Blake learns that a criminal named Carson, who has broken the terms of his bail, is in the district and wonders whether he might be involved ... especially after an unseen intruder attacks Mail in his own house. He begins to suspect that Mail knows Carson and that he, Blake, was hired not so much to prevent a murder as to witness one. He gathers all the suspects at Mail's residence and outlines the case he has built up but his presentation is interrupted by an intruder who is heard running through one of the house's many secret passages. Blake gives chase and catches the man who everyone believes to be Carson ... but he turns out to be someone entirely different and the very last person anyone would expect to see. The real villain of the piece makes his move, shooting Mail, grabbing the gems and making a run for it. He is caught by Tinker and in the subsequent struggle accidentally shoots himself dead. Sexton Blake explains the convoluted plot.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Hollywood Contract THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 188 · Mar. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE HOLLYWOOD CONTRACT
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Guilty Or Not Guilty? (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Dangra Millions THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 189 · Apr. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE CASE OF THE DANGRA MILLIONS
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The People of Peace (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Riddle of the Receiver's Hoarde THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 190 · Apr. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE RIDDLE OF THE RECEIVER'S HOARDE
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Somebody in the Know (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Death of Miss Preedy THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 191 · May 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE DEATH OF MISS PREEDY
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A Crook on Crutches (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Devil Mask THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 192 · May 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DEVIL MASK
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Mad Lodger (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Missing Surgeon THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 193 · Jun. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE CASE OF THE MISSING SURGEON
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Police Chief (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Tragedy of the Bromleighs THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 194 · Jun. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE TRAGEDY OF THE BROMLEIGHS
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Threatened Lives (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Discharged Policeman THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 195 · Jul. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE CASE OF THE DISCHARGED POLICEMAN
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Doubtful Truth (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The South Coast Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 196 · Jul. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE SOUTH COAST MYSTERY
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Lone Hand (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Missing Angler THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 197 · Aug. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING ANGLER
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Vital Fingerprint (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Riddle of the Rajah's Curios THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 198 · Aug. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE RIDDLE OF THE RAJAH'S CURIOS
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Unknown Antidote (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Legacy of Hate THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 199 · Sep. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE LEGACY OF HATE
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Two Callous Crooks (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Dead Spy THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 200 · Sep. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE CASE OF THE DEAD SPY
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A War-Time Crime (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Secret Agent THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 201 · Oct. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE CASE OF THE SECRET AGENT
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Trouble Inside (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
One of Eleven THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 202 · Oct. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
ONE OF ELEVEN
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Carpet Clue (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Man from China THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 203 · Nov. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE MAN FROM CHINA
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Missing Women (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Madman of the Marshes THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 204 · Nov. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE MADMAN OF THE MARSHES
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Skipper's Fate (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Crime Reporter THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 205 · Dec. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE CASE OF THE CRIME REPORTER
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A Bad Egg (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Man Who Left Home THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 206 · Dec. 1949 · Amalgamated Press · 7d
THE MAN WHO LEFT HOME
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Unwanted Wife (article)
Notes: None at present.
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