Flynn's (Weekly Detective)
Total Issues: 88+55+50+704+6+20+6=929
Under a variety of titles Flynn's (Weekly) (Detective) (Fiction) (Magazine) was one of the
most popular, and longest running, of all the detective pulps - notching up an impressive 929 issues
over a period of 28 years, maintaining a rigid publication schedule for 17 of those years.
It was launched in September 1924 by Frank A. Munsey under the name Flynn's and continued, on a
weekly basis, with variations of that name for four years. The "Flynn's" part of the name was dropped
with effect from the 2nd June 1928 issue and it became just Detective Fiction Weekly, the name under
which it is best known and with which it ran for 14 years.
In the middle of 1941 the frequency of the magazine fell back, first to twice monthly, and then to monthly,
and in July 1942 the magazine was renamed to Flynn's Detective, concentrating on true crime stories.
This lasted for only six issues before Munsey sold the magazine to Popular Publications, who revived the
fiction content and renamed the magazine as Flynn's Detective Fiction Magazine. This lasted for 20
monthly issues until the magazine was merged into Dime Detective Magazine.
The magazine was revived briefly in 1951, under the title Detective Fiction, but only lasted for six
more issues before folding for good.
Issues & Index Sources
#merges with Dime Detective Magazine
20-Sep-1924 – Dec-1942: Red Star News Co (Frank A. Munsey Company)
Jan-1943 – Jul-1951: Popular Publications
Jun-1928 – ?: Howard V. Bloomfield
Albert J. Gibney
Kendall Foster Crossen
in 1943 – 1944: Alden H. Norton
20-Sep-1924 – Aug-1944: standard pulp
Jan-1951 – Jul-1951: digest
20-Sep-1924 – 2-Aug-1941: weekly
20-Aug-1941 – 7-Mar-1942: fortnightly
May-1942 – Aug-1944: monthly
Jan-1951 – Jul-1951: monthly
Sources: The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines