Roger Harris Presents

MODERN BOY – NEW SERIES

ISSUES 1 TO 87

A tribute to “MODERN BOY” Magazine, (for the “new series” the word “THE” was dropped!)

Each issue of the “new series” contained work by W. E. Johns, either “Biggles” stories or his column “Let’s Look Around”.  See information below each issue for full details.

Just click on the individual magazine cover below to enlarge it and see it in more detail

                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Issue 1  (24 pages)

19th February 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 1 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

£30,000,000 Secret

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 2  (24 pages)

26th February 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 2 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

Island of Creeping Terror

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 3  (24 pages)

5th March 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 3 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

Calico Jack’s Haul

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

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Issue 4  (24 pages)

12th March 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 4 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

The Lake of Gold

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 5  (24 pages)

19th March 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 5 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

The Ship With the Golden Keel

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 6  (24 pages)

26th March 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 6 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

The Black Emperor’s Hoard

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

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Issue 7  (24 pages)

2nd April 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 7 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

The World’s Greatest Hidden Wealth

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 8  (20 pages)

9th April 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles on the Treasure Trail (Biggles Flies South)

Part 8 of 8

 

True Tales of Treasure –

The Two Million Pound Explosion

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 9  (20 pages)

16th April 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

True Tales of Treasure –

Spoils of the Civil War

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

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Issue 10  (20 pages)

23rd April 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

True Tales of Treasure –

Where is the Lutine Gold?

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 11  (20 pages)

30th April 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 12  (20 pages)

7th May 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

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Issue 13  (20 pages)

14th May 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 14  (20 pages)

21st May 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 15  (20 pages)

 

28th May 1938

 

 W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 1 of 9

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

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Issue 16  (20 pages)

4th June 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 2 of 9

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 17  (20 pages)

11th June 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 3 of 9

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 18  (20 pages)

18th June 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 4 of 9

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

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Issue 19  (20 pages)

25th June 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 5 of 9

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 20  (20 pages)

2nd July 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 6 of 9

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 21  (20 pages)

9th July 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 7 of 9

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

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Issue 22  (20 pages)

16th July 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

Champion of the Main

Part 8 of 9

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 23  (20 pages)

23rd July 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 1 of 9

 

Champion of the Main

Part 9 of 9

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

Issue 24  (20 pages)

30th July 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 2 of 9

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

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Issue 25  (24 pages)

6th August 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 3 of 9

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 1 of 8

 

Let’s Look Around –

13,000 Miles by Toy Balloon!

 

Issue 26  (24 pages)

13th August 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 4 of 9

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 2 of 8

 

Let’s Look Around –

Where Man Has Never Trod

 

Issue 27  (24 pages)

20th August 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 5 of 9

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 3 of 8

 

Let’s Look Around –

The Cause of Our Power

 

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Issue 28  (24 pages)

27th August 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 6 of 9

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 4 of 8

 

Let’s Look Around –

Shall We All Fly at 600 M.P.H.?

 

Issue 29  (24 pages)

3rd September 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 7 of 9

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 5 of 8

 

Let’s Look Around –

Biggles on the Films?

 

Issue 30  (24 pages)

10th September 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 8 of 9

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 6 of 8

 

Let’s Look Around –

Who’s Strongest in the Air?

 

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Issue 31  (24 pages)

17th September 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles Flies North

Part 9 of 9

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 7 of 8

 

Let’s Look Around –

A Load of Clay - by Air!

 

Issue 32  (24 pages)

24th September 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

They Flew the Jolly Roger

Part 8 of 8

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

The Worst Voyage

 

Issue 33  (24 pages)

1st October 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 1 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Seen On My Holiday . .

 

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Issue 34  (24 pages)

8th October 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 2 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

When Fountain-Pens Fly

 

Issue 35  (24 pages)

15th October 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 3 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

These Boys Were Tough!

 

Issue 36  (24 pages)

22nd October 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 4 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

Smuggling Doesn’t Pay

 

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Issue 37  (24 pages)

29th October 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 5 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

Plane Flies for an Hour – The Pilot Asleep!

 

Issue 38  (24 pages)

5th November 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 6 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

I was Seven Hours in a Gas-Mask!

 

Issue 39  (24 pages)

12th November 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 7 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

Fireworks I Shan’t Forget!

 

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Issue 40  (28 pages)

19th November 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 8 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

My 2,000 Air Books

 

Issue 41  (28 pages)

26th November 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 9 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

I Flew in the Ensign

 

Issue 42  (28 pages)

3rd December 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Rescue Flight (The Rescue Flight)

Part 10 of 10

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

I was a Christmas Ghost!

 

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Issue 43  (36 pages)

10th December 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

I Wanted to be a Conjurer!

 

Issue 44  (24 pages)

17th December 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

Winged Wanderer by “Bill” (believed to be by Johns)

 

Let’s Look Around –

600 M.P.H. Planes are Coming!

 

Issue 45  (24 pages)

24th December 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

When I had a Passion for Pets

 

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Issue 46  (24 pages)

31st December 1938

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

You’re Taller in the Morning!

 

Issue 47  (24 pages)

7th January 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Biggles’ Fledging

 

(Uncollected for many years until published in a

 special edition of only 300 books in

Biggles – Air Ace)

 

Let’s Look Around –

No Resolutions for Me!

 

Issue 48  (24 pages)

14th January 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Rustlers are Motorised Now!

 

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Issue 49  (24 pages)

21st January 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 1 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

They Girdle the World

 

Issue 50  (24 pages)

28th January 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 2 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

If You Want To Fly!

 

Issue 51  (24 pages)

4th February 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 3 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Prison Reduced My Weight

 

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Issue 52  (24 pages)

11th February 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 4 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

A Secret I Mustn’t Tell

 

Issue 53  (24 pages)

18th February 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 5 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

All Because We Went Birds’ Nesting

 

Issue 54  (24 pages)

25th February 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 6 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Alone He Did It!

 

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Issue 55  (24 pages)

4th March 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 7 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Cut Out Those Family Squabbles

 

Issue 56  (24 pages)

11th March 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 8 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

When I Prayed for a Penknife

 

Issue 57  (24 pages)

18th March 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 9 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Cats That Fish for their Living

 

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Issue 58  (24 pages)

25th March 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 10 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Digging Up the Doubloons!

 

Issue 59  (24 pages)

1st April 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Wings Over Spain (Biggles in Spain)

Part 11 of 11

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

When All London Was ill

 

Issue 60  (24 pages)

8th April 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

The Outcast of the Jungle

 

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Issue 61  (24 pages)

15th April 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

I Climbed Up Here!

 

Issue 62  (24 pages)

22nd April 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Pom-Pom’s for Luck!

 

Issue 63  (24 pages)

29th April 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Next Stop – Where?

 

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Issue 64  (24 pages)

6th May 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

The Flying Goldfish

 

Issue 65  (24 pages)

13th May 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

The Deadliest Liquid Ever!

 

Issue 66  (24 pages)

20th May 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Where You Can Be Alone!

 

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Issue 67  (24 pages)

27th May 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Time Marches On!

 

Issue 68  (24 pages)

3rd June 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Tall Stories

 

Issue 69  (24 pages)

10th June 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

The Greatest Fight Ever

 

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Issue 70  (24 pages)

17th June 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Panda-Monium!

 

Issue 71  (24 pages)

24th June 1939

 

 W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

All These Names

 

Issue 72  (24 pages)

1st July 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Those Evil Eyes

 

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Issue 73  (24 pages)

8th July 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Baghdad’s Getting Nearer!

 

Issue 74  (24 pages)

15th July 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Bad News for Bathers

 

Issue 75  (24 pages)

22nd July 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

This Was Adventure – Mutiny on the Hermione

 

Let’s Look Around –

Disappearing Cities

 

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Issue 76  (24 pages)

29th July 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

These Customs Never Die

 

Issue 77  (24 pages)

5th August 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

 

No Biggles in this issue

 

 

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

“How’s Biggles?”

 

Issue 78  (28 pages)

12th August 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 1 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

World’s Most Expensive Diet!

 

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Issue 79 (28 pages)

19th August 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 2 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Britain’s Bravest King

 

Issue 80  (28 pages)

26th August 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 3 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Engines Built to Go on For Ever!

 

Issue 81 (28 pages)

2nd September 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 4 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

This Plane’s Worked Hard!

 

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Issue 82  (28 pages)

9th September 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 5 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Amazing Atlantic Courage

 

Issue 83  (28 pages)

16th September 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 6 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Lion That Didn’t Forget

 

Issue 84  (28 pages)

23rd September 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 7 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Canada Was Top in Air Aces

 

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Issue 85  (28 pages)

30th September 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 8 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Believe it or Not!

Issue 86  (28 pages)

7th October 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 9 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around –

Thrilling Spy Adventures

Issue 87  (28 pages)

14th October 1939

 

W. E. Johns content includes

Biggles in

 

Castle Sinister (Biggles – Secret Agent)

Part 10 of 10

 

 

Let’s Look Around (untitled)

 

 

And issue 87 was the last ever issue of “Modern Boy” ………..

On 21st October 1939 it merged with “Boy’s Cinema” as below

 

 

The outbreak of the Second World War led to paper shortages that would be the demise of many periodicals.

In the last issue of Modern Boy, 14th October 1939, readers were told that Biggles stories would continue with “BIGGLES’ SOUTH SEA ADVENTURE” in

“THE GEM” next  Wednesday, October 11th 1939.  This would be issue 1652 dated “week ending 14th October 1939” and “THE GEM” itself would only last until

30th December 1939 before it merged with “The Triumph”

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT MODERN BOY MAGAZINE

The Modern Boy Magazine was first published in February 1928 by the Amalgamated Press

The copyright in the magazine is presumably held by the original company or it’s successors although some 80 years have passed since first publication

and some 70 years have passed since it ceased publication

All pictures are taken from my own collection of “The Modern Boy” Magazine.

A few internal pictures have been used to illustrate the Biggles content and other interesting articles and these are deemed to be fair use.

 

The copyright in all of W.E. Johns work is owned by the estate of W.E. Johns as represented by his literary agent, Ms Linda Shaughnessy of A. P. Watt.

This is a non profit making fan based web site purely for the information of fellow fans - no infringement of copyright is intended.

The intention of this web site is to encourage people to collect and read The Modern Boy Magazine and particularly the works of William Earl Johns, one of the great authors of the 20th Century.

 

Don’t forget to visit Biggles.Com   and   W. E. Johns.Com for information about W. E. Johns books

 

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