Created by Herbert Jenkins (1876-1923)
MALCOLM SAGE had been a hot shot intelligence agent
for Britain's Division Z during the Great War, but when the fighting
ceased, his thirst for action and adventure didn't. Fortunately,
his old chief from division Z helped him set up the Malcolm Sage
Detective Bureau, and much merry mayhem and more than a few ripping
good yarns ensued.
This all sounds pretty much like Boy's Own-type adventures,
but for his time, Sage was considered pretty high-tech, utilizing
such nifty new-fangled gadgets as telephones, buzzers, and other
such wonders of technology. Sage is serious, and even haughty,
and has been known to chase away customers if he has too much
business, or other matters on his mind. Fortunately he has a secretary
(to make the tea, no doubt) and an office boy to put him in his
place every now and then. The boy, a devout reader of detective
fiction, in fact serves as a sort of welcome comic foil to the
occasionally pompous master detective.
The Sage stories appeared in various British pulps of the time,
and were also collected in several books. I'm not sure who Mr.
Dene of toronto is, but the name pops up several times. So there
might even be some Canadian connection here...
- "The Gylston Slander" (July 1920, Hutchinson's
- "Gladys Norman Dines with Thompson"
- "The Great Fight at the Olympia"
- "The Holding Up of Lady Glanedale"
- "Inspector Wensdale Is Surprised"
- "Lady Dene Calls on Malcolm Sage"
- "A Lesson in Deduction"
- "Malcolm Sage Plays Patience"
- "Malcolm Sage's Mysterious Moments"
- "The Marmalade Clue"
- "The McMurray Mystery "
- "The Missing Heavyweight"
- "The Outrage at the Garage"
- "Sir John Dene Receives His Orders"
- "The Stolen Admiralty Memorandum"
- "The Strange Case of Mr. Calloner"
- "The Surrey Cattle-Maiming Mystery"
- John Dene of Toronto (1919)
- Malcolm Sage, Detective (1920)
- The Stiffsons and Other Stories (1928)
and Adventure Heroes of the Pre-War Years
Jess Nevins' kick-ass guide to seemingly every significant pulp
and adventure hero that ever existed in the pre-war years, gathered
from around the world, is simply one of the most fun sites in
this field I've ever come across. But perhaps even more fascinating
than his insights into the heroes you all know and love are the
guys you never heard of, the also-rans and never-weres -- the
Swedish cowboys, the French vampires, the Indian P.I's and God
knows what else. Recommended, especially for those just not getting
enough cheese in their diets.
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