The Saint was created by Leslie Charteris and featured in a series of books written by him between 1928 and 1963.
Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin was born in Singapore on May 12, 1907, his father was a Chinese physician and his mother English. It was whilst attending King's College, Cambridge that his first book was published and he left to pursue a career in writing and adventure.
In 1926 he changed his name to Leslie Charteris, either choosing it after Colonel Francis Charteris an infamous aristocrat or as his daughter claims, by picking it out of a telephone directory.
The Saint's real name is Simon Templar and he gets his nom de plume from his initials ST. He is an accomplished thief and amateur detective. He lives off money and goods he has taken from the villains he has thwarted. The Saint is suave and sophisticated probably best described as a modern-day Robin Hood.
Between 1947 and 1952 Avon Periodicals published 12 issues of The Saint comic book.
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