Greyfriars in the Penny Popular.
The Greyfriars stories first
appeared in Popular issue 1/222 were reprinted from the first issue of the
Magnet. However the stories were heavily
abridged and proved disappointing when compared to the original publication. In
1919 the Popular announced that it was discontinuing the reprint policy and all
Greyfriars material would be original. Hamilton was unavailable so the new
stories were all written by GR Samways. However Samways was unable to keep up
with his workload so the reprints returned within a couple of years.
An article by Bill Lofts on the Magnet in the Popular can be found
in the Collectors Digest and is available
St Jim's in the Penny Popular.
The St Jim's reprints began
with the first issue of the Popular and reprinted Issue 1/1 of the
Gem but the stories were heavily abridged and
proved disappointing when compared with the original publication. In 1919 the
reprints stopped and new stories were specially written, mostly by John Nix
Pentelow. In some issues the St Jim's stories didn't appear or were limited to
half a page. The reprints returned within a few years and continued until
Christmas 1929 when the last St Jim's tale appeared in the Popular.
An article by Bill Lofts on the Gem in the Popular can be found in
the Collectors Digest and is available
Rookwood in the Penny Popular
In 1917 Rookwood joined
the Penny Popular. However the Rookwood stories had only started in the 'Boys'
Friend' in 1915 so the Rookwood stories in series 1 consisted mainly of sub
stories and rewrites of Cliveden tales from the 'Boys'
Herald'. When series 2 was launched in 1919 the Editor had decided enough
time had lapsed to allow reprinting of the original stories from the Boys Friend
so in 1919 original Rookwood stories started from the beginning. Many of the
Rookwood stories have been scanned as they were only lightly abridged (if at
all) and issues of the Boys Friend are difficult to come by.
Cedar Creek in the Penny Popular
The stories of Cedar Creek
were originally a feature of the
Boys' Friend. The stories purported to be of Frank Richard's schooldays in
Canada as told by his good friend Martin Clifford. Frank's Father had lost all
his money forcing Frank to go and live with his Uncle in Canada.
Collectors' Digest Annual featured an article by Leonard Packman that
introduced us to the characters of Cedar Creek, you can read the article
Herlock Sholmes in the Penny Popular
Charles Hamilton created
Herlock Sholmes for the Greyfriars Herald. The paper shortage closed the
paper after only 18 issues but the stories continued intermittently in
the Magnet, Gem and the Penny Popular.
Rio Kid in the Penny Popular
Hamilton was asked to write a
new story for the Popular and on the 21st Jan 1928 the Rio Kid was born
under the pen name of Ralph Redway. To quote Eric Fayne "Nothing better
ever appeared in the Popular or
any other paper for that matter. The Rio Kid stories were grand.
Completely convincing, geographically correct to the last detail,
original in plot and full of thrills these wild west tales had
For the 1952 Collectors Digest annual Eric Fayne wrote an article
on the roamings of the Rio Kid. Charles Hamilton wrote to the CD to say
it was the best article he had ever read. The article was reprinted in
the CD annual some 35 years later and you can read it here.
Gary has compiled a chronological list of the Rio Kid stories
across all the publications. You can find it
The Popolaki Patrol in the Popular
The Popolaki Patrol appeared
in the Popular in 1930 sandwiched between the last two series of the Rio
Kid. The series is rarely mentioned now and even looking through the
Collectors Digest there has been little mention of it over the years.
Eric Fayne briefly touched on Popolaki in his 'Lets be controversial'
column, you can read the article here.
Ferrers Locke in the Popular
In issue 2/451 Ferrers Locke stories appeared for the
first time in the Popular. These stories were originally published in
Herald and featured Ferrers Locke and his young assistant Jack
Drake. Jack had attended Greyfriars School but when his Father lost his
fortune Jack left Greyfriars to become assistant to the famous
detective. Ferrers Locke was a Hamilton creation and the early stories
were Hamilton's own work but the latter stories were by substitute
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