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Famous Fantastic Adventures

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1971: FictionMags Index
Adventure Fiction Index
Publishers:   Clayton Publications, P.O. Box 1906, Wilson, North Carolina
Prices:   $2.50
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Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Total Issues: 81

Famous Fantastic Mysteries was a fantasy fiction magazine offering reprints of scientific and fantastic classics from earlier decades. It ran from 1939 to 1953 for a total of 81 issues.

Published by the Frank A. Munsey Company, the publication began with an issue cover-dated September-October 1939, initially priced at 15 cents and edited by Mary Gnaedinger. With the first issue featuring A. Merritt's The Moon Pool and Ray Cummings' The Girl in the Golden Atom, the first issue was a success, and the schedule then went from bi-monthly to monthly. Virgil Finlay was the magazine's leading illustrator.

Confronted with numerous requests for reprints, Gnaedinger launched a spinoff magazine, Fantastic Novels, in June 1940.

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep/Oct-1939 – Jun/Jul-1953: Miller/Contento

Publishers

  Sep/Oct-1939 – Dec-1942: Frank A. Munsey Company, NY
  Mar-1943 – Jun/Jul-1953: All Fiction Field imprint of Popular Publications, NY

Editors

  Mary Gnaedinger

Formats

  standard pulp (small pulp/large digest briefly in early 1951)

Prices

  initially 15c

Pagecounts

  128pp (112pp for some issues)

Frequency

  Sep/Oct-1939: bi-monthly
  Nov-1939 – Apr-1940: monthly
  May-1940 – Jun-1942: bi-monthly
  Jul-1942 – Dec-1942: monthly
  Mar-1943 – Dec-1945: quarterly
  1946 – Jun/Jul-1953: bi-monthly

Related Sites

  Wikipedia
  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Canada)

Total Issues: 27

Canadian reprint edition of Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Identical to the US issues except half an inch longer and with Canadian adverts on the outside back cover.

Issues & Index Sources:  Feb-1948 – Aug-1952: Miller/Contento (Missing: all issues)
Publishers:   All-Fiction Field Inc., Toronto; Popular Publications Inc., Toronto
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   112-130pp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Famous Feature Stories

Total Issues: 1

This had the size and external appearance of a comic book, but featured prose fiction (about comic strip characters).

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1938: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Dell Comics
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   66pp

Famous Kidnapings

Total Issues: 1

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  ?
Publishers:   World at War Publishing Co., 19 W. 44th St., New York, NY., 55 Morton St., New York, NY

Famous Lives

Total Issues: 3

Issues & Index Sources:  Feb-1929 – Jun-1929
Publishers:   Magazine Publishing
Formats:   bedsheet
Frequency:   bi-monthly

Famous Novel Magazine

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1927 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Famous Magazine
 

Famous Police Cases

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  1949 – ?
Publishers:   Volitant Publications, 103 Park Ave., New York, NY, and 105 E. 35th St., New York, NY
Frequency:   bimonthly

Famous Science Fiction

Total Issues: 9

Issues & Index Sources:  Winter 1966/1967 – Spring 1969: Miller/Contento
Publishers:   Health Knowledge Inc.
Editors:   Robert A.W. Lowndes
Formats:   digest
Prices:   50c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Famous Spy Stories

Total Issues: 3

Entirely reprint, almost wholly Max Brand's Anthony Hamilton series.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan/Feb-1940 – May/Jun-1940: Pulp Magazine Index 1
Adventure Fiction Index
Publishers:   Frank A. Munsey Company
Formats:   standard pulp
Frequency:   bi-monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Famous Stories

Total Issues: 4?

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1937 – Sep-1937?: FictionMags Index (Missing: Jul-1937, Aug-1937, Sep-1937)
Publishers:   Review of Reviews
Formats:   digest
Pagecounts:   64pp
Frequency:   monthly

The Famous Story Magazine

Total Issues: 17

A reprint magazine, similar to the British titles Best-Story and Argosy (which also began in the mid-1920s). Ran from vol. I no. 1 (Oct. 1925) to vol. VI no. 2 (Feb. 1927). Three issues per volume. Some misnumbering of volume numbers.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1925 – Feb-1927: General Fiction Index

#merges with The Golden Book Magazine

Publishers

  Famous Story Magazine, Inc.

Editors

  Oct-1925 – Feb-1927: George T. Delacorte, Jr.
  Oct-1925 – Apr-1926: David Arnold Balch

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  25c

Frequency

  monthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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The Famous Story Magazine (UK)

Total Issues: 16?

British reprint edition of The Famous Story Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  Feb-1926 – May-1927?: FictionMags Index

Publishers

  Atlas Publishing and Distributing

Editors

  Feb-1926 – Aug-1926: George T. Delacorte, Jr. & David Arnold Balch
  Sep-1926 – May-1927: George T. Delacorte, Jr.

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  1/-

Pagecounts

  144pp

Frequency

  monthly

Famous Western

Total Issues: 117

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1937 – May-1960: Western Fiction Index (incomplete)
Publishers:   Columbia Publications
Editors:   Cliff Campbell; Robert A.W. Lowndes
Formats:   standard pulp
Frequency:   mostly bi-monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Famous Western (UK) [1945]

Note that some issues of Swan's American Mags were also titled Famous Western.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1945: Western Fiction Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Gerald G. Swan
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   7d
Pagecounts:   34pp
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Famous Western Magazine (UK) [1950s]

Total Issues: 6?

British reprint edition of Famous Western Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s: Western Fiction Index (Missing: #1; any after #6)
Publishers:   Hermitage Publications Ltd., Leicester, England.
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   96pp
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