Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Friday, August 21, 2020


 Thriller Comics was a British comic book than ran for 40 issues from 1951 to 1953 before changing its name to Thriller Comics Library for another 122 issues before ending in 1957, after which the title was once again changed to Thriller Picture Library for a final 288 issues.  Each issue contained a full-length story, most often adapted from a novel or a film.

Alfred John Hunter (1891-1969) published his first stories when we has still a schoolboy.  Between the World Wars his stories appeared in practically all the British story papers. Hunter also published under the pen names John Addiscombe, L. H. Brenning, Francis Brent, Stanton Doyle, Anthony Drummond, and Jack Ruthven.  He is perhaps best remembered as the author of some of the Sexton Blake novels, beginning with The Affair of the Fatal Film in August 1935.

"Phantom Footsteps" originally appeared as a novella in September 8, 1934, issue of The Thriller, a 24-page tabloid that also included Edgar Wallace's short story "The Green Mamba."  The comic adaptation was drawn by Philip Mendoza; I have no idea who adapted Hunter's original story.

The action begins with the robbing of the Westpool National Bank...


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