SEXTON BLAKE: HISTORY

Created at the tail end of the Victorian era, Sexton Blake rapidly became one of the most popular fictional characters of the 20th Century. He featured in thousands of adventure stories published in countless papers, magazines and comics. He also appeared in stage plays, radio dramas, films and television serials. In the articles below, you'll discover what made him such a quintessential part of the English landscape for so long; how he changed with the times; his cultural significance; and why he faded from view in the mid-seventies.

The Odyssey of Sexton Blake

Esteemed author Michael Moorcock, who made his 1962 debut with a Sexton Blake novel (CARIBBEAN CRISIS), here gives an insight into the character and evolution of Sexton Blake.

After the Lord Mayor's Show

H. W. Twyman, editor of UNION JACK during Sexton Blake's "Golden Age," here reveals how and why the UJ transformed into DETECTIVE WEEKLY, and how it instigated Blake's long decline.

The Warm Heart of the Lean Years

From the 1930s, Blake's greatest foes were noticeably absent and his cases became much more mundane. This period has been ill-regarded by scholars ... but perhaps it's time for a reassessment!

Tornado: Sexton Blake's Last Gasp

TORNADO comic appeared in 1979 and ran for 22 issues. It featured a character named Victor Drago ... but anyone who knew Sexton Blake could see that Drago and Blake were one and the same. How and why did his name get changed?