Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1946

Publishing: Prolific Blake author William Murray Graydon dies aged 83.

Blake: The SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY is by this point deep in its most "realistic" phase, with (for the most part) believable characters and situations.

THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF DR X
(part 15)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 358 · 05/01/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF DR X
(part 16)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 359 · 12/01/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF DR X
(part 17)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 360 · 19/01/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF DR X
(part 18)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 361 · 26/01/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF DR X
(part 19)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCK-OUT COMIC · Issue 362 · 02/02/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 1)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 363 · 09/02/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Trivia: KNOCKOUT drops the hyphen from its title.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 2)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 364 · 16/02/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 3)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 365 · 23/02/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 4)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 366 · 02/03/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 367 · 09/03/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 368 · 16/03/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 369 · 23/03/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 370 · 30/03/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 9)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 371 · 06/04/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 10)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 372 · 13/04/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 11)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 373 · 20/04/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 12)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 374 · 27/04/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 13)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 375 · 04/05/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 14)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 376 · 11/05/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE EMERALD EYE
(part 15)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 377 · 18/05/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 1)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
Sexton Blake and the Atom Eggs

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 378 · 25/05/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Sexton Blake's friend, the Chinese inventor Hoo Sung, calls at the detective's Baker Street home. He has invented a 'stratoplane' that can reach higher altitudes than any other existing craft thanks to its revolutionary 'atom egg' power source. But on a recent flight, the plane's cameras had filmed five strange bat-like aircraft flying above it. Hoo Sung believes that either the secret of his atom egg invention has been stolen or a hostile foreign power has developed the technology independently. Blake promises to fly down to Hoo Sung's secret aerodrome on Gull Island to begin his investigations. As the inventor leaves the house, his movements are watched from an autogyro hovering ovehead ... and a report is radioed to a strange and sinister figure in a distant land!

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 2)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 379 · 01/06/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 3)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 380 · 08/06/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 4)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 381 · 15/06/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 382 · 22/06/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 383 · 29/06/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 384 · 06/07/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 385 · 13/07/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 9)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 386 · 20/07/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 10)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 387 · 27/07/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 11)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 388 · 03/08/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 12)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 389 · 10/08/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 13)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 390 · 17/08/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 14)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT COMIC

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 391 · 24/08/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Zanadu enters the control room of the mechanical god and finds himself held at gunpoint by Tinker, who has captured the guard and donned his uniform. Tinker forces Zanadu to take him to the place where Sexton Blake and his friends are held prisoner. Blake decides to hold Zanadu hostage until all the atom eggs are destroyed. However, the capture of Zanadu is observed by Balu, who releases gas into the prison chamber.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 15)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT COMIC

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 392 · 31/08/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Overcome by the gas, Sexton Blake and his friends collapse into unconsciousness. While, Zanadu is taken to his palace to recover, the rest are bundled into a helicopter and lowered by rope into the pagoda of the Golden Cage — finding themselves atop a tall tower with no means of escape. When Zanadu regains his senses and is told of this, he rages at Balu: "The pagoda overlooks the Square Tower ... had you forgotten who is prisoner in the Square Tower?" Meanwhile, Blake looks down onto the neighbouring tower and sees there a men wearing a golden dragon mask.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 16)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT COMIC

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 393 · 07/09/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: The man in the dragon mask claims that he is also a prisoner of Zanadu and asks to join forces with Blake & Co. The detective and his friends use their shirts to braid a rope and, as darkness falls, they throw one end across to their new ally. Blake begins to swing across.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 17)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 394 · 14/09/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 18)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 395 · 21/09/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 19)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 396 · 28/09/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE ATOM EGGS
(part 20)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 397 · 05/10/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 1)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 398 · 12/10/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 2)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 399 · 19/10/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 3)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
Sexton Blake and the Case of the Flying Peril

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 400 · 26/10/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Sexton Blake deduces that the Super-Clipper has been a victim of sky piracy. Suddenly, a plane roars past and drops a blackmail note which informs Sir Douglas Wand that he must leave £10,000 in gold on the top of Mount Snowdon each Saturday in order to guarantee the safety of the missing passengers. It is signed 'The Black Eagle'. Blake recommends that the Duke complies with the demand but, meanwhile, the detective visits Hoo Sung and asks the inventor to help. Sung's new Rolling Sphere has the ability to fly, so the following Saturday, it takes up position in the clouds above Snowdon and awaits the Black Eagle's arrival.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 4)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 401 · 02/11/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 402 · 09/11/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 403 · 16/11/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 404 · 23/11/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 405 · 30/11/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 9)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 406 · 07/12/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 10)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT COMIC

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 407 · 14/12/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: The Rolling Sphere uses its jets to cushion its fall into the ocean. The Black Eagle orders his fighters to attack. Tinker dives overboard to loosen a plug in the Sphere's hull. This allows water to flood into the lower compartments and the giant vehicle submerges as the fighter planes fly overhead.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 11)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 408 · 21/12/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE FLYING PERIL
(part 12)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
No cover image at present

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 409 · 28/12/1946 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE BRONZE KEY
by Anon. (Unknown)
KNOCKOUT COMIC

KNOCKOUT FUN BOOK 1946 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 7/6

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE RIDDLE OF THE INDIAN ALIBI
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 111 · Jan. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Crazy Crime (article)

Notes: None at present.

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FOURTEEN YEARS AFTER
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 112 · Jan. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: On the Night Express (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAP
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 113 · Feb. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Strong But Daft (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE TENANT OF NO.13
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 114 · Feb. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Scared to Death (article); Arrested for Murdering Himself (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE PRINCE'S PRISONERS
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 115 · Mar. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Beauty on the Spot (article)

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE AFFAIR OF THE FRATERNISING SOLDIER
by Peter Meriton (Alfred John Hunter)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 116 · Mar. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Secret of the River (article); Laughter in Court (article).

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE 250,000 RUPEES
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 117 · Apr. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Mystery in the Mist (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE DEFAULTING SAILOR
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 118 · Apr. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Vital Factor (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE FATAL SOUVENIR
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 119 · May 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Long Lost Sister (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE THREE DEMOBBED MEN
by Walter Tyrer

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 120 · May 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Buried in Cement (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING G.I. BRIDE
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 121 · Jun. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Six Fatal Gifts (article)

Notes: None at present.

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DOWN EAST
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 122 · Jun. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: When the Snow Thawed (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE RED VAN MYSTERY
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 123 · Jul. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crime Without Profit (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN WHO HAD TO QUIT
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 124 · Jul. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Full Speed Ahead (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF MOAT FARM
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 125 · Aug. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The One and Only Clue (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE NIGHT LORRY DRIVER
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 126 · Aug. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Lucky Witness (article)

Notes: Hoppy Knight is a cockney lorry driver. One evening he reluctantly gives a woman a lift. She's running away from her husband and wants to get to Leicester. During the journey she starts to fall asleep and Hoppy insists that she move to the back of the vehicle and sleep under the canvas covering his small load. She does so. Later, he too becomes sleepy and pulls over to rest. When he wakes up, the girl has gone. Farther along his route, Hoppy stops at Leary's way station for food and rest. His vehicle is surreptitiously inspected by two members of the Palmer gang who want to involve him in a black market racket. They find one of the girl's discarded stockings. That same night, the girl is found in a ditch, strangled. The investigation, led by Detective-Inspector Harker suggests that it may be a case of sexual assault and the evidence soon identifies Hoppy as the killer. Sexton Blake learns something of Hoppy's history: he isn't a cockney at all, but an ex-R.A.F. man who spent considerable time in German prison camps. He'd suffered a bad head injury and has been a loner ever since. The detective is convinced that the man is innocent and so begins to trace his movements. This soon leads him to the Palmer gang. Smashing their racket becomes an essential part of the investigation and, as Blake pieces together the jigsaw, a picture of the real killer soon emerges.

Trivia: This is a surprising story for the period due to its sexual element. It wouldn't seem strange to find a sex crime dealt with in the post-1956 'New Order' Sexton Blake Library, but this is 1949 and the subject comes as something of a shock. There's no sensationalism though; instead we get psychological depth and a very logical piece-by-piece investigation that rings true. This story is a good example of how the Blake saga changed over the years. It's a very long way removed from the early UNION JACK tales.

Blake admits: "I'm beginning to feel, at times, I'm not so young as I used to be."

Rating: ★★★★☆ A story that, perhaps, marks the peak of the Sexton Blake saga's 'realistic' phase.


THE CASE OF THE SWINDLER'S STOOGE
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 127 · Sep. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Week-end Crime (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE DOUBLE BURGLARY
by Gilbert Chester (H. H. Clifford Gibbons)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 128 · Sep. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Crime at the Crossing (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE WOMAN WITH A 'RECORD'
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 129 · Oct. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Six Years After (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN FROM CHUNGKING
by Rex Hardringe

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 130 · Oct. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Fisherman's Haul (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CRIME ON THE MOORS
by Walter Tyrer

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 131 · Nov. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Ordeal of Grilling (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE BANKRUPT ESTATE
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 132 · Nov. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Nagged to Death (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF LORD GREYBURN'S SON
by Derek Long

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 133 · Dec. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Footprints on the Wall (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE YANK WHO CAME BACK
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 134 · Dec. 1946 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Crime in the Mist (article)

Notes: None at present.

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