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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: Finger of Blood Sapphire & Steel
"Finger of Blood"
Sapphire & Steel Annual 1981
World International Publishing
Written by: Clive Hopwood (?)
Art by: Paul Crompton and Genn Rix (?)


Sapphire and Steel deal with four converging realities around an assassination attempt on the President of the United States.


Read the story summary at Animus Web


Didja Know?


"Finger of Blood" is a 7-page text story that appeared in Sapphire & Steel Annual 1981 published by World International Publishing. According to Steve Holland at the Bear Alley Books website, this story was probably written by Clive Hopwood, with art by Paul Crompton and Genn Rix. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story




U.S. President Hennessy (dies in this story)

M.P. Sergeant (unnamed)

Mr. Makepeace

Governor Graham (mentioned only)


Didja Notice?


The U.S. President in this story is President Hennessy. This is a fictitious political figure. In the real world at the time this story was written, the president was Ronald Reagan.


On page 5 of the story, Sapphire remarks on the president's visit to see Governor Graham at the State Governor's headquarters. Governor Graham is also a fictitious figure for the time.


Sapphire and Steel are forced to correct an errant timeline to ensure the assassination of the U.S. President. Somehow, they know that if the president had survived, he would have been responsible for a nuclear war two years later. How do they know the future?


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