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History of Air Stories now available (1/20/2012)

In May 1927 Charles Lindbergh made his world-famous solo flight across the Atlantic, catapulting himself (and The Spirit of St. Louis) into the history books and America into an “air-minded” frenzy. The “golden era” of aviation fiction had begun. In the next five years, 148 aviation series and dozens of aviation pulps like Air TrailsAir AdventuresDare-Devil AcesFlying AcesSky Trails, and Wings would come into print.

Amid stiff competition, Fiction House’s Air Stories, edited by Jack B. Kelly (1927-1932) and Malcolm Reiss (1937-1939), held a unique bragging right; its first issue appeared in August 1927, making it “The First Air Story Magazine!” as prominently advertised on many of the magazine’s covers…

For the fuller history of this title, click here.

History of Detective Story Magazine now available; New Contexts (12/10/2011)

With its premiere issue on October 5, 1915, Street & Smith’s Detective Story Magazine became the first of many pulp magazines to devote itself entirely to the genre of crime fiction. Born out of the early nickel paper Nick Carter WeeklyDetective Story published from 1915 until the summer of 1949 a total of 1,057 issues, a longer run than any other detective pulp in history…

For a brief history of this seminal magazine, click here.

Also available at the Pulp Magazines Project, new Contexts pages featuring publishers’ Index Card Files, Rejection Letters, and Canceled Checks for pulp magazine purchases, authors, and serials from WWI to the late 1940s.

History of Ginger Stories now available

Ginger Stories was a magazine whose covers promised reading that was “Piquant, Pungent, Peppery, Pleasing.” It was launched in November 1928 and ran for 31 issues before its publisher, Frank Armer, changed the title to simply Ginger with the June 1931 issue. The magazine ran for another 10 issues under this title before ceasing publication in April 1932…

For a full history of the magazines see http://pulpmags.org/database_pages/ginger_stories.html

"Ginger will be preserved"

History of Top-Notch Magazine Now Available

The first issue of Top-Notch Magazine appeared in March 1910. It began as a magazine for teenagers and, even as a pulp, concentrated mostly on sports stories, before switching to a men’s adventure magazine in the 1930s. During its twenty-seven year run, the magazine was published twice-monthly, and became one of Street & Smith’s circulation leaders in the pulp market, directly behind The Popular Magazine and People’s Magazine. Top-Notch featured such notable authors as Jack London, Gilbert Patten, Octavus Roy Cohen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert E. Howard…

For a full history of the magazine, see: http://pulpmags.org/database_pages/top_notch.html

History of Wonder Stories Now Available

In June 1929, Hugo Gernsback released his second SF-centric periodical, Science Wonder Stories, after having sold Amazing Stories (1926-) earlier that year on account of bankruptcy. Wonder Stories (“Science” was dropped from the title a year after its debut) was every bit the successor to Amazing: its “bedsheet” format featured both new authors and perennial favorites such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells…

For a fuller history of the magazine, see:


History of Western Story Magazine Now Available

Western Story Magazine

On July 12, 1919, the first all-western pulp, Street & Smith’s Western Story Magazine, arrived on newsstands. Dated September 5th, and priced at $.10, the inaugural issue promised quality entertainment with “Big Clean Stories of Outdoor Life.” For the next thirty years, Western Story passed under the pens of three editors (Frank Blackwell [1919-34], Dorothy Hubbard [1934-7], and John Burr [1937-49]), yet always maintained its initial editorial commitment to clean, quality westerns…

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