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Raymond, Noel. Noel Raymond was created by “Peter Langley,” the pseudonym of Ronald Fleming (June Gaynor), and appeared in over 475 stories and story serials in Girl’s Crystal from 1935 to 1951. Noel Raymond was the first male detective to appear as the lead in girl’s story papers in the years between World War One and World War Two.
Noel Raymond is a Great Detective modeled on Peter Wimsey. He is “the debonair detective,” tall, handsome, well-dressed, well-spoken, athletic, and strong. He is in his mid-twenties. His Loving Enemy is Rosina Fontaine, a.k.a. “Rosina the Baffling,” a ruthless French Lupin who has glittering violet eyes and wields a pearl-handled revolver. Raymond fights Yellow Perils galore, air pirates, criminal conspiracies, rival detectives, the Phantom Fiddler, the Leopard Man, the Laughing Cavalier, a thieving chimpanzee, the Invisible Archer, Mr. Merlin the Mysterious, and the Phantom Monk. After 1937 Raymond is assisted by his niece June Gaynor. Raymond appears in stories with titles like “The Phantom Highwayman,” “The Ghostly Hounds,” and “Who Was The Grey Abbott?”
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