MARTIN THOMAS VERSUS BLAKIANA

Compiled by Mark Hodder

Throughout his long life in print, Sexton Blake always generated a fairly hefty mailbag. Letters would be sent to the various periodicals not just by his readers, but sometimes by his authors too. Never, though, did the correspondence become so heated as in 1960. That year, right in the middle of Sexton Blake’s controversial "New Order" era, Blake author Martin Thomas launched a scathing attack on the BLAKIANA section of COLLECTORS’ DIGEST. This wasn’t a criticism of Sexton Blake stories or Sexton Blake writers — it was a condemnation of Sexton Blake enthusiasts! Thomas’s letter was published in February’s Mission to Mexico (SBL 4th series, issue 445).

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