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The Boy's Comic Journal

Country: UK
Total Issues: 788

From 23-Jun-1894 contains The Boy's Comic Novels (200 issues) as a free supplement.

Issues & Index Sources:  17-Mar-1883 – 16-Apr-1898: Story Paper Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   E.J. Brett
Formats:   large tabloid (folio)
Pagecounts:   16pp
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Comic Library [1890]

Country: US
Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1890: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Street & Smith, 25-31 Rose St., New York
Formats:   8 3/4 x 5 3/4"
Pagecounts:   32pp
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


The Boys' Comic Library [1912]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 14+6=20

Issues & Index Sources

  22-Feb-1912 – 22-Jul-1912
  Nov-1912 – Jan-1913, as The Comic Library

Publishers

  Aldine Publishing Co.

Editors

  Walter H. Light

Prices

  1d

Frequency

  2 per month

The Boy's Comic Novels

see under The Boy's Comic Journal

Boys' Companion and British Traveller

Country: UK
Total Issues: 33+23=56

A miscellany with some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  13-May-1865 – 23-Dec-1865
  30-Dec-1865 – 14-Apr-1866, as Boys' Own Reader and Companion

Publishers

  Newsagents Publishing Company

Editors

  30-Dec-1865 – 14-Apr-1866: Rev. G. D'Avey Irvine

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Dashaway Series

Country: US
Total Issues: 53

Issues & Index Sources:  1892 – 1896
Publishers:   George Munro
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Boy's Favourite [1870]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 41

Incorporates: Boys of the World from 25-Nov-1870.

Issues & Index Sources

  11-Nov-1870 – 15-Sep-1871

#incorporated into Boys of England

Publishers

  E.J. Brett

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Favourite [1879]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  24-May-1879 – 26-Jul-1879
Publishers:   Ritchie
Frequency:   weekly


Boys' Favourite [1929]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 43

Issues & Index Sources

  4-May-1929 – 22-Feb-1930

#becomes The Startler

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Pagecounts

  28pp

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Favourite [1953]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 7

Reprints stories from Boys' Favourite Library.

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1953 – Feb-1954
Publishers:   Comyns
Formats:   8o.
Pagecounts:   88pp
Frequency:   monthly

Boys' Favourite Library

Country: UK
Total Issues: 20

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1948 – 1950
Publishers:   Panmure Publications; Perry
Pagecounts:   64pp
Frequency:   monthly; irregular


Boys' Favourite Monthly

Country: UK

Issues & Index Sources:  1865


Boys' First-Rate Pocket Library

Country: UK
Total Issues: 472

The first novella was entitled "Those Troublesome Brothers" (1890). Published in full-colour pictorial wrappers.

Issues & Index Sources:  1890 – 21-Oct-1905: Story Paper Index (incomplete)
Publishers:   Aldine Publishing Co., London
Prices:   1d
Pagecounts:   32pp
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Boys' Football Favourite

Country: UK
Total Issues: 4

Numbering may continue from Football & Sports Library (see Football Favourite).

Issues & Index Sources

  6-Apr-1929 – 27-Apr-1929

#becomes Boys' Favourite

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Boy's Friend [1864]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 38

Issues & Index Sources:  7-Jun-1864 – 7-Aug-1867
Publishers:   Henry Lea; Houlston & Wright from-Apr-1865; H.G. Clarke from 1865?
Prices:   3d
Frequency:   monthly


The Boys' Friend [1895]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 332+1385=1717

Popular boys story paper which ran many adventure stories and serials including Nelson Lee, Sexton Blake, Ferrers Lord. Authors include Sidney Drew, Maxwell Scott, S. Clarke Hook, T.C. Bridges, John Tregellis, Reginald Wray, Murray Graydon, John Hunter. Noted for many imaginative sf/lost world/invasion stories. Companions were Boys' Herald and Boys' Realm.

Incorporated: Dreadnought from 19-Jun-1915; The Penny Popular.

Issues & Index Sources

  29-Jan-1895 – 8-Jun-1901: Story Paper Index (incomplete)
  15-Jun-1901 – 31-Dec-1927: Story Paper Index (incomplete)

#merges with The Triumph

Publishers

  Harmsworth; Amalgamated Press

Editors

  1901 – 1912: Hamilton Edwards [latterly editor-in-chief]
  c. 1910: Arthur Marshall
  c. 1912: Lewis Carlton
  1913: Hugh Tuite
  c. 1914: Arnold Panting
  1915 – 1916: Herbert A. Hinton
  1919 – 1921: Herbert A. Hinton
  1916 – 1919: Reginald T. Eves
  1921 – 1922?: W.R. Home-Gall
  ? – 1925: C.M. Down
  1925 – 1927: William Pike

Formats

  1895 – 1914: tabloid
  1914 – 1927: smaller size

Prices

  ½d (Jan-1895 - 8-Jun-1901); 1d (15-Jun-1901 - Oct-1922); 2d (Nov-1922 - Dec-1927)

Pagecounts

  16pp
  12pp
  Jan-1918 – Jun-1919: 8pp
  Jun-1919 – Oct-1922: 12pp
  Nov-1922 – Dec-1927: enlarged

Frequency

  weekly (every Wednesday)

Boys' Friend Library

Country: UK
Total Issues: 764+724=1488

Mostly reprinted (often revised) serials from various Amalgamated story papers but also contained occasional 80,000 word original novels.

Further Reading: Origins of the Boys' Friend Library by W.O.G. Lofts & Derek Adley (Privately published, 1987).

First series entitled Jack, Sam and Pete Library, 1-2; Boys' Friend Library, 3-764.

Second series entitled Boys' Friend Library, 1-700; then alternates between Bullseye Library, 701 (and all odd numbers to 723) and Knockout Library, 702 (and all even numbers to 724).

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1906 – 4-May-1925
  Jun-1925 – Jun-1940

#becomes "boysfrndlib2"

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Editors

  1906 – 1922: William H. Back
  1922 – 1925: John L. Garbutt
  c. 1915: William Gibbons (assistant editor)
  ?: Balfour Ritchie
  1925 – ?: John L. Garbutt
  ? – 1940: Percy A. Clarke

Prices

  1st series: 3d; 4d from 409; 2nd series: 4d

Pagecounts

  1st series: 148pp; 2nd series: 64pp; 96pp from 325

Frequency

  2 per month; 3 per month 27-38; 4 per month 39-54; 2 per month 55-66; 3 per month 67-348; 4 per month 349-420; 2 per month 421-430; 3 per month 431-445; 4 per month 446-569; 5 per month 570-644; 4 per month 645-764 & second series (1st of month; 1st Friday of month)

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