BIBLIOGRAPHY 1953

1952
Master List
1954
ISSUES
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 723 · 03/01/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED TRAMP
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 724 · 10/01/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MONSTER OF THE FLOOD
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 725 · 17/01/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MECHANICAL MAN
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
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The Case of the Flying Spy KNOCKOUT · Issue 726 · 24/01/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE FLYING SPY
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip. Sexton Blake is called when it appears that atomic secrets have been tampered with. The safe in which they are stored is in an upper storey room which, to all appearances, is impregnable. However, Tinker spots telephone wires connected to the building above the room's window. Blake surmises that a foreign criminal, a high-wire walker known as The Bat is the culprit and finds that the man was seen getting on a bus to the airport. The detectives give chase and stop the bus but The Bat has mysteriously vanished from it. They retrace their steps and see a helicopter in a field with The Bat racing towards it. Tinker gives chase and the criminal, realising that he won't reach the 'copter in time, climbs a pylon and walks the wire across a river. With no bridge for miles, Blake and Tinker are cut off. However, The Bat has forgotten the helicopter. The detectives fly it over the wires and Blake, dangling from a rope ladder, captures the crook.
Trivia: The Bat of this story is entirely unrelated to Dirk Dolland, who was also nicknamed The Bat in his UNION JACK stories.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Case of the Missing Passenger KNOCKOUT · Issue 727 · 31/01/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE MISSING PASSENGER
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip. Tom, a taxi driver, picks up a passenger who comes running from a house. The man is desperate to see Sexton Blake. However, when he arrives in Baker Street, Tom finds that his fare has mysteriously vanished from the back of the cab. After learning that the only place Tom stopped was at traffic lights on a road named Dark Cut, Sexton Blake orders the driver to take him there. In an empty shop on the street, he finds signs of a scuffle and surmises that the jeweller's next door is about to be raided and that the passenger was the owner. He creeps upstairs and manages to render one crook unconscious with a well-timed uppercut. He finds the unconscious jeweller before tackling the second crook and overpowering him. He then explains to Tom how the vanishing trick was performed.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
Sexton Blake and the Haunted Signalman KNOCKOUT · Issue 728 · 07/02/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE HAUNTED SIGNALMAN
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are commissioned to investigate a case of diamond smuggling. En route to the docks, the detectives stop at a railway crossing and discover strange goings-on at the signal box. The signalman tells them that every time the boat train goes through, a car appears at the crossing gates and then mysteriously vanishes. Sure enough, as the train approaches, a car appears and is then obscured by the passing carriages. As shots are fired from the vehicle, Blake leaps aboard the train. Tinker sees that the enemy car has gone but then spots it driving towards another rail crossing. Meanwhile, Blake fights with the driver and fireman of the locomotive which collides with the ghost car. The detective explains the trick that had been used to pass the smuggled diamonds from the train drivers to the car.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 729 · 14/02/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MOON ROCKET
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 730 · 21/02/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MIST PHANTOM
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 731 · 28/02/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE ICE AGE MONSTER
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 732 · 07/03/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FORGOTTEN BOMB
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 733 · 14/03/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACK ABBOTT
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 734 · 21/03/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE INVISIBLE BURGLAR
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 735 · 28/03/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE CROOKED CLOWN
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 736 · 04/04/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE SECRET OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE
by Anon. (John Newton Chance) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This is a short story rather than a comic strip.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 737 · 11/04/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE BAT MAN
by Anon. (See note below) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are driving through mountainous country when they are stopped by a girl named Mary Grey. Her brother has been kidnapped and a note left which demands a ransom of £500. The money, the note instructs, must be placed in Doric's Cave. As she guides the detectives to this location, the outline of a human bat is seen against the moon. Blake enters the cave and is confronted by the gun-toting bat. He takes the criminal by surprise and overpowers him, revealing him to be, beneath the costume, Mary's uncle.
Trivia: The stories from this issue until the issue dated 25/06/1960 were scripted by Mike Butterworth, John Newton Chance, Angus Allan, Ron Clarke, Jack Higgins, Jack Hunt, Arthur Boucher, J. Roose, F. Passmore, H. Goldman, Harold Lamb and T. Chorlton. It is not currently possible to identify which story was written by whom.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 738 · 18/04/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MAN IN THE MONSTER MASK
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: A man leaps from a car, smashes the window of a jewellery shop, and snatches the window display. Sexton Blake and Tinker are driving by and ram his car. He flees on foot and ducks into a theatre. The detectives follow and locate the crook in a dressing room. He is keeping his features covered by a gigantic monster mask. Blake ducks as a gun is fired at him then follows the villain out onto the stage. Obeying his guv'nor's whispered directions, Tinker pulls a lever to drop the safety curtain. This distracts the robber long enough for Sexton Blake to attack and capture him.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 739 · 25/04/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RAILWAY RAIDERS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: After a day spent hiking, Sexton Blake and Tinker enter a small railway station named Much Clumping. In the ticket office, they find the attendant fast asleep at his desk. The Station Master appears and informs them that there are no more trains that night, so the detective and his assistant settle down in the waiting room. His suspicions aroused, Blake goes to take a look around. Left alone, Tinker is overpowered by a couple of thugs. Meanwhile, Blake discovers that a gold train is due to pass through the station later that night and notices that the signal has been tampered with. However, the crooks attack him and throw him onto the rails as the train approaches. He manages to crawl out of its path as it screeches to a halt. The gang boards the train and sets it in motion, intending to take it to a quarry where the gold will be unloaded. Sexton Blake, though, switches the points, sending the train careening into a siding. He then leaps aboard and captures the criminals.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 740 · 02/05/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE PILOTLESS PLANE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 741 · 09/05/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MOUNTAIN MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: A financier, Sir William Datchley, is reported killed in a climbing accident by his two male secretaries. Sexton Blake and Tinker climb to the scene of the accident and find themselves under attack. The secretaries, believing that they have killed the detectives, meet with Sir William's father and the three men depart to settle the deceased man's affairs. Blake, Tinker and Inspector Coutts intercept them and expose the fraud that has taken place.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 742 · 16/05/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE GHOST OF CASTLE KEEP
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake is called to Castle Keep by Joseph Cask, who informs him that the castle is being haunted by a ghost which, according to legend, guards a hidden treasure. As Blake and Tinker approach, the castle's drawbridge raises, causing them to crash. They see a glowing figure on the battlements and, after climbing the wall, discover that it has left a trail of luminous paint. They follow this and see the mysterious figure darting through a door. When they reach it, they find to be locked. However, the 'ghost' re-emerges and attacks Blake. He fights it off, tearing the costume from it. The exposed crook runs ... straight into Tinker's fist! He turns out to be Cask's cousin who, having found the treasure, was trying to scare his relation away.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 743 · 23/05/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE INVISIBLE THIEF
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker witness an accident in which a van smashes into a jeweller's window. The driver asks the jeweller to get in contact with his company to arrange for the damage to be paid for. He then drives away. A few moments later, it's discovered that five trays of jewels have vanished. Blake follows a trail that leads to the now abandoned van. Upon examining it, he finds that the engine is in the back and, beneath the bonnet, there is a padded compartment. When he hears the driver approaching with his partner, the detective conceals himself in the compartment then pounces on the crook. The partner is captured by Tinker.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 744 · 30/05/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE SPANISH GALLEON
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 745 · 06/06/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE SIX HOODED MEN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 746 · 13/06/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE SECRET WEAPON MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: After receiving an urgent call from armaments inventor Professor Willis, Blake and Tinker drive out to the underground workshop at Glebe Manor. There, the professor tells them that there have been attempts to steal the plans for his latest anti-tank gun. Meanwhile, a gang of thieves steal a tank and use it to break through the entrance to the workshop. Blake, Tinker and the professor are kept at bay by gunfire while one of the crooks grabs the plans. The tank makes off. Blake grabs the prototype anti-tank gun and he and Tinker give chase in their car. Using the weapon, the detective stops the villains in their tracks.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 747 · 20/06/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE SPEEDWAY CRIME
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are at a speedway track when it's reported that the gold cup has been stolen. The race is stopped and a brass band marches onto the track to keep the crowd entertained. Near the safe from which the cup was stolen, Blake finds a small piece of leopard skin. He realises what this means and rushes out into the arena. The bass drum player in the band makes a break for it and flees in a jeep. The detective gives chase on a speedway bike and catches the crook. The cup is found concealed in the drum.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 748 · 27/06/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE BIG FIGHT MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 749 · 04/07/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FLYING KIDNAPPERS
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. ('Grinley Grange')
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 750 · 11/07/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE UNDERGROUND MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Police are hunting an armed robber known as Slippery Sam. When Blake spots him, he and Tinker give chase. Sam runs into the underground, dives onto the tracks, and scrambles up into a train. The detective and his assistance give chase, following the crook as he races through the carriages and exits into the tunnel. The maxim “a crook trips up somewhere along the line" proves true, and Sam ends up in handcuffs.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 751 · 18/07/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE SECRET OF THE PRIORY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. ('Grinley Grange')
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 752 · 25/07/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE HIGHWAY MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake is asked to investigate a lorry driver who is suspected of regularly stealing a secret chemical from the factory where he works. The detective arranges to accompany the driver on his next job. En route to his destination, the driver stops to help a colleague whose vehicle has had a puncture. He offers his spare tyre, in which the chemical is concealed. When Blake exposes the trick, the two drivers knock him unconscious. The first drives away while the second attempts to run the detective over. Tinker, who has been following in a car, saves his guv'nor and they give chase to the fleeing man who crashes and is captured.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 753 · 01/08/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CIRCUS MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. ('Footbal Club Mystery')
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake is called to Carson's Circus where the takings have been stolen. The thieves, Mario the Tiger Man and Lotti the clown, fall out and Lotti decides to kill his accomplice who he thinks is about to give the game away. Using an air-rifle, he shoots at Mario's tigers, sending them into a rage. Blake tackles the clown while Tinker helps to get the big cats under control. The two criminals are arrested.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT · Issue 754 · 08/08/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CROOKED SPEEDMAN
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are watching practice sessions at the Featherstone racing circuit when they witness an accident. The driver is Betty Randle who, with her brother Harry, owns the racing car. She reveals to Blake that it has been repeatedly sabotaged. The detective offers his services as mechanic and investigator. Next morning, he discovers a time bomb hidden on the car and deduces that the enemy is a rival driver named Lorenzo. Tinker drives in the race and steers his car close to Lorenzo's at the time the bomb had been set to go off. The crook panics and veers off the track to escape the expected explosion. Tinker goes on to win the race.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 755 · 15/08/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FUNFAIR MYSTERY
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Graham Coton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 756 · 22/08/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FORGER'S MISTAKE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. ('Grinley Grange')
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: A young boy finds that it's raining pound notes and, realising that they're blowing out of a window, knocks on the door of the building and returns them. They belong to a couple of forgers who reward him with one of the notes. When the lad tries to spend it in a newsagent, Sexton Blake is in the shop and notices that the note is counterfeit. The boy shows him the house and the detective, with Tinker, uses a skeleton key to gain entrance. Tinker holds one of the crooks but the other escapes onto the rooftops with Blake hot on his heels. After a brief chase, he is caught and handed over to the police.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 757 · 29/08/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MYSTERY OF GRINLEY GRANGE (part 1)
by Anon. (Jack Hunt) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Partridge)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT · Issue 758 · 05/09/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MYSTERY OF GRINLEY GRANGE (part 2)
by Anon. (Jack Hunt) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Partridge)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker walk along the secret passage from the inn to a wine cellar under Grinley Grange. There they watch from the shadows as a monk-like figure fetches a dog from a room and takes it up a crumbling staircase to the courtyard of the house. They follow and see Mary Manville in a tower window and, entering the building, start to climb the stairs towards the room where she is held prisoner. Suddenly, though, they are confronted by the dog. They retreat but a trapdoor opens under their feet and they plummet into darkness.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT · Issue 759 · 12/09/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MYSTERY OF GRINLEY GRANGE (part 3)
by Anon. (Jack Hunt) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Partridge)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 760 · 19/09/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MYSTERY OF GRINLEY GRANGE (part 5)
by Anon. (Jack Hunt) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Partridge)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 761 · 26/09/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MYSTERY OF GRINLEY GRANGE (part 6)
by Anon. (Jack Hunt) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Partridge)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: As the hooded figure known as The Abbot slashes the bell-rope, Tinker swings sideways and grabs the rail of a balcony. He continues his pursuit of Burton but the crook entangles him in a net and knocks him out. When he recovers, he finds himself bound and gagged beside Mary Manville. Meanwhile, Sexton Blake manages to free himself from his own bonds and makes a daring escape by crashing out through a window and plummeting into a pool far below. As he surfaces, he finds himself surrounded by ferocious guard dogs.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 762 · 3/10/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE MYSTERY OF GRINLEY GRANGE (part 7)
by Anon. (Jack Hunt) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Partridge)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Blake swims through a sluice pipe and emerges into the main house. He finds the generator room, from which power is supplied to the Grange's many traps, but is there confronted by The Abbot and Burton. Burton flings a spanner at him and knocks him out but the tool rebounds into the room's machinery and starts a fire. The villains leave the detective to burn. They fetch Mary Manville and make off. Blake recovers and finds Tinker. As the Grange burns, they catch up with the girl's abductors and overpower them. The Abbot is exposed as Jason Manville, Mary's cousin.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 763 · 10/10/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE STOLEN PEARL
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 764 · 17/10/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE KING OF DIAMONDS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (Unknown)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 765 · 24/10/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FOOTBALL CLUB MYSTERY (part 1)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (James Higgins)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Footballer Ted Wilson returns to the Morley Rovers football ground late at night to pick up the watch he'd left in the dressing room. Suddenly, a sinister figure emerges from the shadows and knocks him unconscious. His assailant, Sancho, steals the watch and then climbs the ground's clock tower. Meanwhile, Ted recovers and telephones Pat Henson, the team manager. He happens to have Sexton Blake and Tinker staying with him as guests, so they all — along with Pat's daughter Jo — rush to the football ground. They search for the intruder but he has already left and gone to nearby Garsley Towers, where he reports to his master, Jason Soames, who is a director of the club. He wants full possession of the ground but, to achieve this, he must destroy the team, who have part-ownership. Next day, the Morley Rovers start a match which is immediately interrupted when the clock tower explodes!
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 766 · 31/10/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FOOTBALL CLUB MYSTERY (part 2)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (James Higgins)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake, Tinker, Jo Hensen and Ted Wilson dive for cover as masonry rains down around them. In the aftermath of this act of sabotage, Blake deduces that whoever set the bomb must have reached the clock from outside the tower. A few days later, the team travel to an away match. During the game, the ball explodes releasing gas. The players collapse.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 767 · 07/11/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FOOTBALL CLUB MYSTERY (part 3)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (James Higgins)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker assist the players who are stricken by the gas fumes. With the game brought to a sudden close, the crowd disperses, many of them disgruntled at yet another cancelled match. Jason Soames revels in the chaos he has caused. Suspecting that the saboteur is near at hand, Blake arranges for Tinker to join the team. The following Saturday, at a match against Grassley Athletic, a helicopter swoops out of the sky trailing a noose which sweeps towards the Moorley Rovers captain. Tinker pushes the intended target aside and finds himself roped instead and dragged into the sky. As the helicopter speeds away, Blake sets off in pursuit. Meanwhile, Soames realises that he's hooked the wrong man.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 768 · 14/11/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FOOTBALL CLUB MYSTERY (part 4)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (James Higgins)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 769 · 21/11/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FOOTBALL CLUB MYSTERY (part 5)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (James Higgins)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 770 · 28/11/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FOOTBALL CLUB MYSTERY (part 6)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (James Higgins)
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Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 771 · 05/12/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
SEXTON BLAKE AND THE FOOTBALL CLUB MYSTERY (part 7)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Anon. (James Higgins)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: This marks the end of the Sexton Blake serials in KNOCKOUT. Henceforth, complete tales of detection feature instead. They are significantly inferior in quality.
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KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 772 · 12/12/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE TWISTING TORPEDO
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
PDF: Click here
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: When three ships from the Blue-Planet line are sunk in quick succession, Sexton Blake is commissioned to investigate. He and Tinker follow a ship from the line and spot a torpedo heading towards it. To their horror, when the ship responds to their warning by changing course, the torpedo changes course too. It hits but the captain has closed all the watertight doors, so the vessel is able to limp to port. In dry dock, Blake examines the damage and realises that the weapon was guided by magnets. Suddenly the dock gates open and water rushes in. Blake escapes and catches the culprit — a former captain of the line who is bent on revenge after being sacked.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 773 · 19/12/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE SEVEN SUNS
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
PDF: Click here
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet KNOCKOUT AND COMIC CUTS · Issue 774 · 26/12/1953 · Amalgamated Press · 3d
THE CASE OF THE CHRISTMAS REVENGE
by Anon. (See note, issue 737) · Illustrator: Anon. (W. Bryce Hamilton)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present.
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KNOCKOUT FUN BOOK 1953 · Undated · Amalgamated Press · 7/6
TIME FLIES
by Quentin Ford (Raymond Pothecary) · Illustrator: Anon. (Robert MacGillivray)
Other content: Various strips and text stories.
Notes: None at present
Trivia: A single Blake text story in this issue but no strips.
Rating: Unrated
The Woman on the Spot THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 279 · Jan. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE WOMAN ON THE SPOT
by John Hunter · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: During the war, Bernice Chantelot worked for the French Resistance. Now, a decade later, she is murdered in a hotel after returning hastily from a visit to France. Her final telephone call is to Peter Muir, who had worked with her during the conflict. He discovers the body and is initially a suspect — a fact which brings him to Sexton Blake's attention. While Blake retraces Bernice's steps on the Continent, Tinker follows Muir to a pub and witnesses him meeting with the landlady, Maud Denham, and her enigmatic daughter, Melanie. The next day, Muir vanishes, and, not long after, Maud reports to Tinker that Melanie has disappeared as well. As she leaves the Baker Street house, Maud is kidnapped by Hubert Alvey, Bernice's employer. He is searching for Melanie and takes her mother to France, where all the protagonists — Sexton Blake, Tinker, Peter Muir, Alvey and Maud — now gather. A prosperous lumber region owned by a man named Antoine Vallon seems to be the focus of the mystery and it is there that Blake begins to realise the true nature of the case. Maud and Alvey are both murdered and soon after, Mr Denham, Maud's husband, arrives from England to search for her. He visits the Vallon house where things aren't at all what they seem; a great deception occurred here during the days of the Resistance and its participants are prepared to go to any lengths to keep it secret. When Peter Muir also turns up, suppressed violence erupts. Sexton Blake and Tinker, who have untangled the mystery, arrive in time to witness that justice has been done. Melanie's whereabouts are revealed, as is her true identity. The adventure ends with her becoming Mrs Muir.
Trivia: Tinker uses his nom de plume of Carter.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Big Circus Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 280 · Jan. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE BIG CIRCUS MYSTERY
by Hilary King (James G. Dickson) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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Crook's Deputy THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 281 · Feb. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
CROOK'S DEPUTY
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Secret of the Snows THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 282 · Feb. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE SECRET OF THE SNOWS
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the African Hoodoo THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 283 · Mar. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CASE OF THE AFRICAN HOODOO
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: Story takes place in South Africa. This is a revised version of THE BLACK CLOUD from UNION JACK issue 1,265 (1928).
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The Night Club Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 284 · Mar. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE NIGHT CLUB MYSTERY
by Hugh Clevely · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Just Asking For It (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Prince's Diary THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 285 · Apr. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CASE OF THE PRINCE'S DIARY
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: In Bombay, sailors Tom Lees and Jock Mackenzie are on a spree, enjoying their shore leave, when they fall in with a man who introduces himself as Mr Blair. He befriends them and allows them to drink liberally at his expense. He tells them that the best club in the city is the one run by Jasmine the Beautiful but that it is out-of-bounds for sailors. After giving them money to spend, he leaves them, telling them that he has to attend a party. Drunk, the two seamen ignore his advice and force their way into Jasmine's club where they engage in a huge fight with the patrons. They wake up in a police cell, accused of murder. Jasmine had been found dead and all the circumstantial evidence is against Lees and Mackenzie. In particular, the testimony of a woman named Aleeya weighs against them. The Admiralty calls in Sexton Blake, who happens to be in India to investigate the whereabouts of the fortune of a banished maharajah. Details of its hiding place are thought to have been left in a diary but no-one knows where this book is. Blake discovers that Jasmine used to be the maharajah's favoured dancer but left him to set up her club some years previously. Then, when he was deposed, Aleeya, who had replaced her, joined Jasmine at the club. The detective therefore suspects Ayeela of involvement with the lost diary and with the frame-up of the sailors. That it is a frame-up is further proven when Blake discovers the location of the cafe where Lees and Mackenzie had met Blair. It has been transformed into a cigarette shop! It seems that Ayeela and Blair are in cahoots and may be responsible for Jasmine's death; killing her to recover the diary which had been entrusted to her by the maharajah. The tangled plot gradually unwinds as Blake discovers clue after clue and is eventually led to Blair, whose real name is Gordon Finney. He had been appointed as the Maharajah's financial advisor but, after being dismissed for misappropriating funds, had sought revenge, first by manipulating Ayeela into the position of 'court favourite' and then, when the maharajah was ousted, by seeking to gain his treasure. He had stolen the book and, having arranged a diversion in the form of the unwitting Tom Lees and Jock Mackenzie, had murdered the girl. Confronted by Blake, Finney shoots Ayeela to prevent her giving evidence against him. She survives and he is sent for trial where he's expected to be sentenced to death by hanging.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Secret of the Fated Family THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 286 · Apr. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE SECRET OF THE FATED FAMILY
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Naval Stores Racket THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 287 · May 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE NAVAL STORES RACKET
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Was It Lucky? (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The World Championship Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 288 · May 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MYSTERY
by William J. Passingham · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Smuggled Currency THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 289 · Jun. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CASE OF THE SMUGGLED CURRENCY
by Hugh Clevely · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Order to Quit (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Secret of the Indian Lawyer THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 290 · Jun. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE SECRET OF THE INDIAN LAWYER
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Body on the Cliff THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 291 · Jul. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE MYSTERY OF THE BODY ON THE CLIFF
by Rex Hardinge · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Crying Clue (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Crime at the Fair THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 292 · Jul. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CRIME AT THE FAIR
by Hilary King (James G. Dickson) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Again, the Blunt Instrument (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Missing Nazi THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 293 · Aug. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CASE OF THE MISSING NAZI
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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Destination Unknown THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 294 · Aug. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
DESTINATION UNKNOWN
by John Hunter · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Unknown Heir THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 295 · Sep. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CASE OF THE UNKNOWN HEIR
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Laughter in Court (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Girl from Toronto THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 296 · Sep. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE GIRL FROM TORONTO
by Hugh Clevely · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Arab Agent THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 297 · Oct. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE MYSTERY OF THE ARAB AGENT
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Ace Accomplice THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 298 · Oct. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CASE OF THE ACE ACCOMPLICE
by William J. Passingham · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: Inspector James Reck of the Thames River Police is patrolling the waterway one night when he sees the 'Ghost Ship' — an extremely fast boat that appears whenever there's a big robbery in London. Reck tries to pursue the vessel but it is far too fast to catch. He does, though, discover a body in the river. He calls Inspector Clayton of Scotland Yard who reveals that steel magnate Sir Thomas Blay has just been robbed his three famous diamonds, the Triple Stars. Blay identifies the body as that of his valet and commissions Sexton Blake to investigate. Clayton catches a petty crook named Larry Parkes and finds upon him a gun — the murder weapon — and a diamond which an expert known as 'Diamond Willie', confirms is one of the missing Triple Stars. Blake sends Tinker to investigate the north bank of the Thames. His assistant later calls to tell him something about a pub called The Marquis of Grimsby. During the conversation, Blake hears Tinker being attacked and knocked out. Working with Reck, the detective surrounds the pub with policemen, goes in, and tells the landlord that unless Tinker is returned the premises will be raided. Tinker is returned. Next day, Diamond Willie informs Blake that he has seen a Russian diamond merchant, Kriminski, who he believes has come to claim the Triple Stars. In disguise, Blake visits the pub again and detects the sound of machinery coming from the basement. When he tells Clayton this, the Yard man informs him that he suspects a girl called Sheila Mason of complicity in the crimes. The two detectives get a warrant and search The Marquis of Grimsby but find nothing. When Diamond Willie reveals that Kriminski has approached him and asked about the diamonds, Blake decides to set a trap by letting it be known that the third Trinity Star is at Willie's office. Five thugs come to retrieve the stone but are all shot by Diamond Willie. The gang, which is headed by a man named Wilmington and sponsored by the Russian government, kidnaps Willie in revenge. Blake, upon learning that there will be a society event soon, realises that it's the gang's most likely next target and so arranges to be a guest there. Meanwhile, Tinker discovers a way into a secret cellar beneath the pub and rescues Diamond Willie. Willie then joins Reck on a fast naval vessel which lays in wait for the Ghost Ship. At the society event, the criminals swoop but are quickly rounded up, including Sheila Mason who turns out to be Wilmington's wife and the valet's murderer. Hearing of this, Wilmington attempts to flee on the ghost ship which is promptly intercepted by Reck. The head of the gang is captured and the diamonds are recovered.
Trivia: The title of this story bears no relation to the contents!
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Mystery of the Swindler's Stooge THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 299 · Nov. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SWINDLER'S STOOGE
by Walter Tyrer · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Nameless Millionaire THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 300 · Nov. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE CASE OF THE NAMELESS MILLIONAIRE
by Anthony Parsons · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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The Thieves of Alexandria THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 301 · Dec. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE THIEVES OF ALEXANDRIA
by John Hunter · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: Story features Captain Dack.
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The Secret of the Jungle THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 302 · Dec. 1953 · Amalgamated Press · 8d
THE SECRET OF THE JUNGLE
by George Rees · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
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