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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: Possession Sapphire & Steel
Look-In (1979) #41-45
Written by: Angus Allan
Art by: Arthur Ransom


A young deaf girl is given the power to turn her thoughts into reality by a Victorian necklace.


Read the story summary at Animus Web


Didja Know?


Comic strips in Look-In magazine were generally not credited to author and artist. According to the Animus Web site, the Sapphire & Steel strips were written by Angus Allan and drawn by Arthur Ransom.


All of the strips feature Sapphire and Steel dressed in the clothes they wore in the first television storyline, "Escape Through a Crack in Time". The artist must have had only photo references from those early episodes.


This story appeared in five issues of Look-In, a UK magazine geared towards kids. The story is told in comic strip form and appeared in two-page chapters of each issue.


The story itself is untitled. I borrowed the title "Possession" and short description from the Sapphire & Steel Chronology on the Look-In wiki.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Mr. Johnson

Dorothy Johnson

Sarah Johnson

jewelry store clerk (unnamed)

Granny Johnson (mentioned only, deceased)



1873 artist (unnamed, in Steel's vision of past only)


Didja Notice?


On page 1 of the story, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson purchase a Victorian Age necklace for their daughter's 14th birthday from an ordinary High Street jeweler. "High Street" is a term representing the primary street of a town in the United Kingdom, similar to the term "Main Street" in the USA.


On page 8, with Sapphire's help, Steel is able to see that the Victorian artist who crafted the painting on Sarah's bedroom wall worked in London in 1873.


On pages 8-9, Steel, as he concentrates on the 1873 artist, is seen in a pose reminiscent of The Thinker, a bronze sculpture by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).


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