History of Love Story Magazine now available (5/28/2012)
Author and longtime Street & Smith editor Daisy Bacon made Love Story Magazine one of the most successful of all pulps, but she was incorrect in one respect when she evaluated the long-running magazine. In her how-to book Love Story Writer (Hermitage 1955), Bacon writes: “During the many years that Love Story enjoyed its large circulation and weekly status it was never successfully imitated, as any circulation man can tell you…”
Bacon’s statement is certainly true with regard to sheer volume. Love Story was published weekly for more than 20 years, starting in September 1922, the only such long-running weekly romance pulp. The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps lists the magazine’s overall run as 1,158 issues, published from August 1921 through February 1947, and that’s no surprise — only Street & Smith had the financial wherewithal to publish a romance pulp on a weekly basis, not to mention weekly western and detective pulps as well…
Read the fuller history of this title here at the Pulp Magazines Project.
The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Michelle Nolan for contributing her history of Love Story. Check out Michelle’s books, Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics (2008) and Ball Tales (2010), a study of baseball, basketball and football fiction from 1930 to 1960.