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Turner, E S

Entry updated 16 May 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1909-2006) UK journalist and nonfiction author who for more than fifty years contributed articles – most of them quirkily factual – to Punch magazine. His first book Boys Will Be Boys: The Story of Sweeney Todd, Deadwood Dick, Sexton Blake, Billy Bunter, Dick Barton, et al (1948; exp rev 1957; exp rev 1975) is a useful survey of Boys' Papers. Later editions briefly covered the 1950s UK horror-Comics controversy, Eagle (see Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future) and, though rather less sympathetically or insightfully, some Superheroes. [DRL]

see also: Dick Barton Strikes Back.

Ernest Sackville Turner

born Liverpool, England: 17 November 1909

died Kingston upon Thames, Surrey: 6 July 2006

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