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Drew, Valerie. Valerie Drew was created by “Adelie Ascott,” the pseudonym of John William Bobin (Derrick Brent, Don Darrel, Lila Lisle, Sylvia Silence, Top-Gear Tempest), and appeared in over 200 stories and story serials in several story papers from 1933 to 1940, beginning with “That Amazing Room of Clocks” (Schoolgirls’ Weekly, Jan. 7 1933).
Valerie Drew is a schoolgirl detective modeled on Nancy Drew. Valerie Drew is slim, pretty, and red-haired, and is the daughter of a former Chief Commissioner of Scotland Yard. Drew is stylish and wears slit skirts and slacks. She begins as a girlish amateur detective but eventually becomes a sophisticated and skill crime-solver who pilots her own airplane and owns an apartment on Park Lane. She has whatever skills are required for her by each story, from sign-language to piloting yachts. Her arch-enemy is the French Lupin Marcelle Dauphine, but Drew helps reform Dauphine and she becomes Drew’s friend and ally. Drew also encounters a teenaged female Jungle Hero, a Yellow Peril, air pirates, supposedly haunted houses, a doppelganger, a whispering painting, a crime conspiracy called the League of the Golden Mask, the Hunchback of Tahiti, and a modern day Robin Hood. Drew is assisted by her abnormally clever Alsatian, Flash.
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