Like others in the series, this book features a fine introduction by Bill Blackbeard, and - like most - begins at the beginning. Sherlocko the Monk (1977) reprints the first two years of the strip. Sherlocko continued a short while longer, but in 1913 artist Gus Mager changed the names of the characters to Hawkshaw and the Colonel to begin a ten year Sunday-only run as Hawkshaw the Detective.
Sherlocko's world was populated with characters with names like Tightwaddo, Henpecko and Coldfeeto, whose traits usually revealed the culprit before Sherlocko even began to investigate. Many of these supporting characters were featured in their own intermittent strips between 1904 and 1910, when Sherlocko came on the scene.
NOTE: If you go looking for this book, beware of imitations. I see a new publication with this title on Amazon that has only 40 pages. This Hyperion Press edition has 272.
Below is the very first strip, from Dec. 9, 1910, followed by two from 1911. By January, you'll observe, the inking has drastically improved. Whether this was the work of Mager himself or other hands I don't know. You may, of course, click to SUPERSIZE.
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