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Sherlocko the Monk: The Adventure of Tightwaddo and the Missing Penny

Sherlocko the Monk: The Adventure of Tightwaddo and the Missing Penny

“It was like some strange caricature …”

– The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO)

There are a few Sherlockians that might be familiar with the works of cartoonist Gus Mager. From December 9, 1910 until February 1913, Mager drew Sherlocko the Monk for the Hearst newspaper syndication group. He would draw over 270 strips under this title, featuring the characters of Sherlocko and Watso.

Several years earlier, Mager created another cartoon strip with the name of Knocko the Monk, which featured monkeys in human situations. He would go on to create several other cartoon strips with humans replacing the monkeys, but those human characters would continue to have some resemblances to monkeys. All of these strips would retain the words “the Monk” in their titles.

In February 1913, Mager jumped to The New York World. The cartoon strip came with Mager, and was now called Hacksaw the Detective. Watso was renamed “the Colonel.” The comic strip would continue until 1922 and would reappear on and off until 1947.

For those interested in discovering more about Gus Mager and his cartoons, click HERE.

Below is the first strip of Sherlocko the Monk from December 9, 1910 titled The Adventure of Tightwaddo and the Missing Penny. From time to time, we share other of these comic strips that have a coin or money theme.

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

The Three Stooges and Sherlock Holmes

“I have been making a fool of myself” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumbi (ENGR) Your editor grew up during a time when there were only three television networks and a handful of independent UHF television stations. Those independent stations would often show the old movie shorts featuring the slapstick of The Three Stooges.… Continue Reading

Dick Tracy, Hemlock Homes and the Cold Cash Caper

Dick Tracy, Hemlock Homes and the Cold Cash Caper

“… the efficiency of our detective police force …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) During the 1961 – 1962 television season, United Production Artists (UPA) created 130 episodes of The Dick Tracy Show for syndication. Each of these 5 minute episodes would start with Tracy in his office getting instruction over the intercom and then… Continue Reading

The Adventures of Curly Fu and Peanut: Episode 6

The Adventures of Curly Fu and Peanut: Episode 6

“‘You don’t seriously believe that?’” – The Adventures of The Six Napoleons (SIXN) The BBC Sherlock series is extremely popular in mainland China, where they refer to Holmes and Watson as Curly Fu and Peanut. Seriously. You can read more about that HERE. The British comedy team of Fred Turner and Dennis Gavin decided to produce a series… Continue Reading

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

“… when we had this comic interlude.” – The Adventure of The Three Gables (3GAB) Your editor has fond memories of rushing home from elementary school in order to watch the old Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons that were syndicated to a local UHF TV station. There was also the Saturday morning show that appeared on… Continue Reading

Sherlock Hemlock Featured on Two Prepaid Debit Cards

Sherlock Hemlock Featured on Two Prepaid Debit Cards

“… all were equally puppets in his hands.” – The Adventure of The Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) Your editor is of the age that he grew up with the television show Sesame Street when it first started on Public Broadcasting stations in the late 1960’s. Oscar the Grouch was my favorite character, but I do remember seeing a… Continue Reading

2016 Mark Twain Coin Designs Announced

2016 Mark Twain Coin Designs Announced

“Are you not the author of a monograph…” – The Adventure of The Resident Patient (RESI) The first of several ceremonies to unveil designs for commemorative coins honoring celebrated author Mark Twain took place November 28, 2015 at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Twain is known in Sherlockian circles for his 1902… Continue Reading

Mark Twain Designs Reviewed for 2016 $1 and $5 Coins

Mark Twain Designs Reviewed for 2016 $1 and $5 Coins

“Are you not the author of a monograph…” – The Adventure of The Resident Patient (RESI) Designs for the 2016 Mark Twain silver dollar and the gold $5 half eagle were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) at its March 5th meeting in Portland, Oregon during the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show.  Twain… Continue Reading

2012 Irish 10 Euro Coin Honors Creator of Chubblock Homes

2012 Irish 10 Euro Coin Honors Creator of Chubblock Homes

Holmes, however, like all great artists, lived for his art’s sake…. – The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC) John “Jack” Butler Yeats, the famous Irish artist, was honored in 2012 as the subject of Ireland’s 10 Euro coin, which was part of the European Union’s Silver Coin Program. Each country participating in the program issued a… Continue Reading