Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1948

Publishing: The SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY is thankfully well past the era of reprints. The domestic wartime cases are now giving way to little kitchen sink dramas.

From 1932 onward, Eric Parker's marvellous covers for the SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY have irregularly incorporated red or yellow design elements, such as header and/or footer banner strips, corner sections, or a lefthand margin stripe (the red margin stripe is mostly associated with the New Order series starting in 1956 but it made its debut much earlier). This year, from issue 161 onward, an attempt at a more regular design feature is made, with the advent of the blue band and red circle title combination. A few issues later the red circle becomes a red square, then a red rectangle, then back to a circle, and so forth until the end of next year, when the experiment is dropped.

THE GREAT PINE CITY MYSTERY
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 462 · 03/01/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Sexton Blake pilots the flying disc to the other side of a river and lowers the shed to the ground, out of reach of the attacking Indians. Little Crow believes that the missing people of Pine City are somewhere nearby but before continuing their search the detectives need food. Leaving Tinker and Little Crow at the shed, Blake goes hunting. He is captured by a group of men who take him to a sheer cliff. A hidden doorway opens ... and Blake is told that once he goes in, he will never come out!

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE GREAT PINE CITY MYSTERY
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 463 · 10/01/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE GREAT PINE CITY MYSTERY
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 464 · 17/01/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: As a load of soft earth falls on Sexton Blake, he uses it as cover while he ducks into a cleft in the side of the pit. A man named Larry O'Gorman is also hiding in there. Together they escape through another opening and fall into an underground river. It washes them into a valley where they are spotted by Tinker and Little Crow.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE GREAT PINE CITY MYSTERY
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 465 · 24/01/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Tinker and Little Crow use the flying disc to rescue Blake and Larry. They return to the hut to refuel the disc but are confronted by indians who mistake the detective for one of the men responsible for enslaving their people. However, Blake convinces them that he is an ally. He uses the disc to batter a hole in the false cliff, allowing the indians to mount an assault on the hidden valley.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE GREAT PINE CITY MYSTERY
(part 9)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 466 · 31/01/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE GREAT PINE CITY MYSTERY
(part 10)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 467 · 07/02/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 1)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 468 · 14/02/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 2)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 469 · 21/02/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 3)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 470 · 28/02/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 4)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 471 · 06/03/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 472 · 13/03/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 473 · 20/03/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 474 · 27/03/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

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Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: The black market gang are caught but their boss escapes, believing that he has shot Sexton Blake dead. Next day, Mr Jarvis, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, visits police headquarters to check that Blake is dead. The detective and Larry O'Gorman see that Jarvis is wearing a ring last seen on the hand of the gang boss. They tell him to keep the fact that Blake is still alive a secret. When he leaves, they follow him and he unwittingly leads them to the gang's secret headquarters.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE CLOTHING ROBBERIES
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 475 · 03/04/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 1)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 476 · 10/04/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 2)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 477 · 17/04/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 3)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 478 · 24/04/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Having snatched the stolen chart from Max Reid's hands, Sexton Blake leaps across to the nextdoor building. He escapes to the street and decides to drive to the hospital to contact Larry O'Gorman. However, Maxie and Sam follow and force Blake's car off a bridge. It crashes into a railway signal and, while Blake clings to the collapsing signal tower, falls onto a passing locomotive.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 4)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 479 · 01/05/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 480 · 06/05/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 481 · 15/05/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 482 · 22/05/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 483 · 29/05/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Maxie and Sam have made their getaway in a stolen lorry. The French police arrive at the crash site and help Blake to set off in pursuit of the two criminals. They see their quarry board a non-stop train to Paris and give chase in the police car. As it closes with the train, the detective leaps from the speeding vehicle in an attempt to board the train.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 9)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 484 · 05/06/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Sexton Blake and Larry O'Gorman succeed in leaping aboard the train and there confront Maxie. O'Gorman throws himself at him and both men fall through a door, out of the train and off a bridge into a river below. Sexton Blake dives after them. Maxie is rescued by one of his henchmen and they run to a nearby aerodrome.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 10)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 485 · 12/06/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Knowing that Maxie will fly to New Guinea, Sexton Blake charters a plane and follows, accompanied by Larry O'Gorman. At Port Moresby, they settle in a hotel, confident that the false part of the map planted by Blake will lead the crooks astray. That night, a native climbs to Blake's window and throws a snake into the room. It lands on the detective!

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 11)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 486 · 19/06/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Larry O'Gorman shoots dead the snake that has been thrown onto Sexton Blake's bed by a native. They chase the man to the outskirts of the town but he evades them. Later that morning, they begin their flight to Talua but a bomb explodes in the tail of their plane, sending it plunging towards the jungle below.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 12)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 487 · 26/06/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Sexton Blake and Larry O'Gorman survive their plane's crash into the trees of the jungle. Maxie and Sam, with a group of natives, attack, hoping to reclaim the torn fragment of chart from Blake. The detective and his friend flee and start across a rope bridge which spans a deep gorge but the villains cut the ropes and the two men plunge towards the river below.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 13)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 488 · 03/07/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

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Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Clinging to the severed ropes of the bridge, Sexton Blake and Larry O'Gorman look on as the cliff crumbles beneath the feet of the watching crooks. Maxie and Sam fall into the river and are saved by Blake, who takes them captive. Maxie tries to turn the tables but is prevented from doing so by ... whom?

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE CASE OF THE TORN CHART
(part 14)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 489 · 10/07/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 1)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 490 · 17/07/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are on holiday in Yorkshire when their car breaks down near Castle Craig. Hearing a man scream, they enter the castle grounds and are attacked by ferocious guard dogs. They run to the castle door and find it open. When they enter, they are greeted by a machine-gun wielding butler who tells them that Lord Craig will see them upstairs in the library. Upon meeting Craig, Sexton Blake and Tinker are informed that they won't leave the castle alive!

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 2)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 491 · 24/07/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 3)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 492 · 31/07/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 4)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 493 · 07/08/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: While escaping through a castle window, Blake sees a photograph of Lord Craig which looks nothing like the man he and Tinker have met. It seems that Castle Craig is occupied by an impostor! Suddenly searchlights come on and the detectives are spotted and shot at. They climb up to the battlements and drop through a skylight back into the castle. As they edge along a passageway, Blake falls through a secret door.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 494 · 14/08/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Tinker flees from the approaching crooks and suddenly finds himself yanked through another concealed door. With Sexton Blake in the secret passageway, he descends some stairs. They find spy holes into the castle and Blake peeps through and sees a man being held prisoner. He enters the room and introduces himself to Lord Craig.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 495 · 21/08/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 496 · 28/08/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 497 · 04/09/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 9)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 498 · 11/09/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 10)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 499 · 18/09/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 11)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 500 · 25/09/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE SECRET OF CASTLE CRAIG
(part 12)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 501 · 02/10/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 1)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 502 · 09/10/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Lord Lomax is in his club showing a diamond to a friend when he is suddenly held at gunpoint by a crook named Solo. However, Sexton Blake happens to be in the club too and knocks the gun from Solo's hand. The villain flees through the window and gets away. Later, he telephones the detective and challenges him, telling him that he intends to steal Lady Willoughby's pearl necklace.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 2)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 503 · 16/10/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 3)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 504 · 23/10/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Tinker arrives as Blake drops from the broken wires and together they drive after Solo. When he finds himself cornered on a bridge, the crook leaps onto a barge passing below. Blake and Tinker follow and shoot at their quarry. He appears to be hit but, in fact, purposely falls into the river and dives beneath a passing steamer, coming up on its far side. He escapes to shore.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 4)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 505 · 30/10/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Returning to Baker Street, Sexton Blake finds that his desk has been booby-trapped by Solo. A telegram from the crook informs the detective that he now intends to steal the Star of Asia, a jewel on the Rajah of Nullapore's turban. The Rajah is currently at Heathrow Airport, so Blake and Tinker rush there and arrange to travel on his chartered plane. During the flight, Solo appears from the cockpit, holds them at gunpoint, takes the diamond and parachutes from the plane. Blake, parachuteless, dives out after him and grapples with him in mid-air.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 5)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 506 · 06/11/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 6)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 507 · 13/11/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 7)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 508 · 20/11/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Solo shoots at Sexton Blake who drops just in time to avoid the bullet. The detective and his assistant leap from the burning building into a canvas sheet held by the firemen below. They find the fireman's uniform which the crook has hastily abandoned — so hastily, in fact, that he has left the Star of Asia in its pocket! Blake appropriates the jewel but leaves the uniform, certain that Solo will return for it. The criminal does: he races past on a motorcycle and snatches it up, disappearing into the smoke and confusion caused by the blaze.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 8)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 509 · 27/11/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 9)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 510 · 04/12/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 10)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT COMIC · Issue 511 · 11/12/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 11)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT · Issue 512 · 18/12/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Trivia: KNOCKOUT drops 'COMIC' from its title.

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SEXTON BLAKE VERSUS SOLO
(part 12)
by Anon. (Percy Clarke)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT · Issue 513 · 25/12/1948 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AND THE RADIO WIZARD
by Anon. (Unknown)
KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT FUN BOOK 1948 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 7/6

Illustrator: Anon. (Alfred Taylor)

PDF: Click here

Other content: Various strips and text stories.

Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker are at home watching television when the programme is interrupted by a burst of interference. Blake supposes that it is caused by a powerful radio signal. The next morning the detective is visited by Miss Kent, whose father is suspected of robbing the National Museum during the night. He is the caretaker — the only man with keys — and since there are no signs of a break in, the case against him seems cut and dried. Blake realises that the robbery occurred at the same time as the radio signal. He calls Inspector Coutts and learns that robberies have coincided with the signal on repeated occasions. Blake charts the course of the signal and discovers that it originates in Eastern Europe, in a wild mountain kingdom named Zendavia. He and Tinker travel there in their Flying Wing and unknowingly approach the secret headquarters of Count Zardoni. The Count notices their approach and uses a matter transporter device to send a henchman, Karl, into the Flying Wing. Blake is forced at gunpoint to fly the plane into the side of a mountain. However, at the last moment a secret door opens and he lands in a huge cavern. Blake and Tinker are taken before the Count who shows them his matter transmitter and threatens to use it to send them to Devil's Island. First, though, he gives them a tour of his secret base, which is filled with stolen treasures from across Europe. After this, and while the transmitter's generators warm up, the detectives are left trussed up. Blake uses a concealed blade to free himself, re-programs the machine, then replaces his bindings. The Count returns and forces the detective and his assistant into the machine. He then transports them to Devil's Island — except Blake's meddling means that, in fact, he and Tinker re-materialise just outside Zardoni's base. They then creep back in and capture the Count, forcing him to transmit his loot into Inspector Coutts's office. The detectives and their captive then follow.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE DOPED HEAVYWEIGHT
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 159 · Jan. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Talking to the Dead (article)

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE GARGOYLE OF POLGELLY
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 160 · Jan. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Hanged in Error (article)

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE INCOME-TAX CONSPIRACY
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 161 · Feb. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Doubtful Conviction (article)

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE AGAINST DR RIPON
by Walter Tyrer

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 162 · Feb. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Asking for Trouble (article)

Notes: When Mabel Thornton's best silver is stolen, Sexton Blake quickly ascertains that her nephew, Horace, is responsible. The detective recovers the stolen goods but the old woman refuses to prosecute her relative because he is the last of the male line in her family. So, instead, she banishes him. Sexton Blake remains worried, convinced that Horace will eventually try to murder his aunt for the inheritance. Many months later, Horace is working as a medical orderly in the town of Munchester when he sees a colleague, Dr Ripon, surreptitiously removing poison from a store room. Scenting a scandal, he investigates the doctor and discovers that the man has twice been married to rich older women — and both wives died of stomach complaints. Now his third rich wife has departed ... and Horace is convinced that Ripon is a ruthless poisoner. He hatches a plan to make the killer choose Mabel Thornton as his next victim. He figures that the doctor will kill her — and Horace, after exposing him as a murderer will then inherit the family fortune. He therefore manipulates a meeting between the doctor and his aunt and, before too long, Ripon is a firm favourite with the old lady. However, his revelation that he had worked with Horace makes Miss Thornton curious, so she writes to Sexton Blake asking him to check to see whether her nephew has changed his erring ways. The detective finds nothing suspicious until he reports to Miss Thornton and finds Ripon there. Having got wind of Horace's plan, he starts looking into Ripon's background and concludes that the man is a serial killer. Unfortunately, though, he can find no evidence of crime until he meets the man's very first — and only surviving — wife. She asserts that Ripon had stolen from her before abandoning her. Blake tries to persuade her to press charges but when she sees Ripon and Miss Thornton getting married she cannot bring herself to spoil the occasion. Sexton Blake and Tinker follow the newlyweds on their honeymoon to Brandmouth. Here, Ripon changes his tactics and attempts to murder his latest wife in a 'boating accident'. Blake secretly rescues her. Horace Thornton, believing her dead, now reappears on the scene and gives Blake evidence that proves Dr Ripon's crimes. The detective has Ripon arrested but also arrests Horace as an accessory. Horace escapes the law by committing suicide.

Trivia: Mention is made of Sexton Blake's medical training.

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE MYSTERY OF THE SHADOWED FOOTBALLER
by Martin Frazer (Percy A. Clarke)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 163 · Mar. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: When Truth Leaked Out (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE LOOT OF PAKISTAN
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 164 · Mar. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: No Peace for the Wicked (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE STOLEN MINE
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 165 · Apr. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Family's End (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CURSE OF THE TRACK
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 166 · Apr. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Death Warning (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE RED COCKATOO
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 167 · May 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Two Wanted Men (article)

Notes: This was later published as a non-Blake paperback novel under the title MURDER AT THE RED COCKATOO (Brown, Watson Ltd 1960). The story remained the same but the names of the main characters were changed.

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THE MAN WHO WENT WRONG
by Lewis Jackson (Jack Lewis)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 168 · May 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Happy Hunting (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE DESERTED CAMP
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 169 · Jun. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Black Evidence (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE AFFAIR OF THE SPIV'S SECRET
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 170 · Jun. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Helping Hand (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN WHO BACKED OUT
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 171 · Jul. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: A Hated Husband (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE AFRICAN EMIGRANT
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 172 · Jul. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Victims by the Dozen (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MOTOR-COACH MYSTERY
by Walter Tyrer

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 173 · Aug. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Burning the Evidence (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET OF THE AFRICAN SETTLER
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 174 · Aug. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Madmen Let Loose (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE ONE-DAY ALIBI
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 175 · Sep. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Death on the Road (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE SEALED ROOM
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 176 · Sep. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: The Legation Murder (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE RUSSIAN BRIDE
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 177 · Oct. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Too Many Clues (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE AMERICAN TOURISTS
by John Hunter

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 178 · Oct. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Tokens of Tragedy (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MAN FROM ALGIERS
by Warwick Jardine (Francis Warwick)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 179 · Nov. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Crooks' Language (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF AVENUE ROAD
by Anthony Parsons

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 180 · Nov. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Hidden Identity (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE RIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAYMAN'S STONE
by Rex Hardinge

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 181 · Dec. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: Of Bad Repute (article)

Notes: None at present.

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THE TOWN OF SHADOWS
by John Drummond (J. N. Chance)

THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 3rd series · Issue 182 · Dec. 1948 · Amalgamated Press · 7d

Illustrator: Eric Parker

Other content: On Holiday (article)

Notes: None at present.

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