"The Night Club Mystery"   Lot no. 675

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By Eric Parker September 7, 1898-March 21, 1974

March 1953 (Estimated)
20.00" x 15.00"
Gouache on Board
Not Signed



The Night Club Mystery, The Sexton Blake Library #284 cover, March 1953

Attributed to Eric Parker

This illustration appeared on the cover of Hugh Clevely's story, The Night Club MysteryThe Sexton Blake Library #285, Amalgamated Press, 1953.

Created at the end of the Victorian era, Sexton Blake soon became one of the most popular fictional characters of the 20th Century. He starred in thousands of adventure stories written by more than two hundred authors and published in countless papers, magazines and comics. Blake starred in his own long-running title, The Sexton Blake Library, from 1915 to 1968 which ran to five volumes. He has also appeared in stage plays, radio dramas, films and television serials.

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Eric Robert Parker was born at Stoke Newington, North London, on the 7th September, 1898. Parker's talent was spotted by Union Jack editor Harold Twyman in the early 1920s. Parker was assigned as an artist on 'Sexton Blake', and he became one of the main and best illustrators of Blake stories for thirty years. Besides the Union Jack, his work also featured in the Detective Weekly and The Sexton Blake Library. For Amalgamated, Parker illustrated for Thriller and the Daily Mail Annuals. In addition, Parker did 'The Story of the Soldier' which later became the 'Scrapbook of the British Soldier', in the boy's magazine Ranger in the 1960s, as well as 'Buck Jones' in the Cowboy Picture Library. He died at Edgware General Hospital of double pneumonia on 21 March 1974, when he was 76 years old.


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