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Sphinx (III). The Sphinx (III) was created by H. Bedford-Jones (John Bradford, James Bronson, Denis Burke (I), Denis Burke (II), Burket & O’Neill, Peter J. Clancy, Dick Clews, Vincent ConnorCosgrave & Lundgren, Crawford, Riley Dillon, Colin Haig, Pinky JenkinsJungle Girl, Tertius March, Say-and-See Smith, John SolomonStrato-Shooters, Hugh Tyrone) and appeared in three stories in Argosy in 1935, beginning with “Spy Against Europe” (Argosy, Feb. 23, 1935).

The Sphinx (III) is John Barnes, an agent of American Intelligence.

Certain Americans like Barnes are working for their government. Idealistic fools, who place themselves and their brains and money at the service of their country; they have no standing, they have no acknowledged connection with Washington. They are free-lances who prate of bringing a new deal into diplomacy, of fighting us here in Europe with our own weapons. Barnes is one. He pretends to be a fool, but is smart enough. 

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