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Marspen Series

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1891
Publishers:   Marks & Spencer

The Martian Wave

Total Issues: 7 (as at Oct-2017)

Previously a webzine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-2010 – present: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any after 2016 issue)
Publishers:   Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Nomadic Delirium Press
Editors:   J. Alan Erwine
Formats:   quarto
Prices:   $9.00
Frequency:   annual
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Martin Speed Detective Library

Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  1945 – Feb-1948: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Gerald G. Swan
Pagecounts:   36pp
Frequency:   irregular

The Marvel

Total Issues: 3+224+306+952=1485

Ran early stories of Sexton Blake and Nelson Lee but was best known in its day for the adventures of three adventurers Jack, Sam and Pete by S. Clarke Hook.

The issues are not dated themselves and are usually dated for the Saturday following the Wednesday when they appeared; this convention is followed below.

Note that the magazine was renamed The Marvel Library somewhere in the early 1900s but no details of this have yet been located. Note also that some of the (Christmas) issues of The Halfpenny Marvel were "double issues" priced at 1d and hence were actually called The Marvel.

Incorporates: Nugget Library from 12-Mar-1921; Boys' Herald from 1-Apr-1922; (Sports Stories from 15-Oct-1921 (?))

Issues & Index Sources

  11-Nov-1893 – 25-Nov-1893, as The Halfpenny Marvel Library: FictionMags Index
  2-Dec-1893 – 12-Mar-1898, as The Halfpenny Marvel: FictionMags Index (sample issues only; numbered 4-227)
  19-Mar-1898 – 23-Jan-1904, as The Marvel: FictionMags Index (sample issues only; numbered 228-533)
  30-Jan-1904 – 22-Apr-1922, as The Marvel: FictionMags Index (sample issues only; numbered 1-952)

#superseded by Sport and Adventure


  Harmsworth (later Amalgamated Press)


  Somers J. Summers
  c. 1894: S. Clarke Hook
  ?: Hamilton Edwards [later editor-in-chief]
  c. 1922: John Nix Pentelow
  c. 1922: Stan Boddington [Assistant Editor]


  small tabloid (octavo) story-paper


  11-Nov-1893 – 12-Mar-1898: ½d (1d for double issues)
  29-Mar-1898 – 22-Apr-1922: 1d (2d for double issues)


  20pp; 36pp


  weekly (every Wednesday)
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The Marvellous Magazine

Contained often unauthorized and edited versions of famous gothic stories and novelettes, e.g. Anne Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho" was cut by one-tenth and became "The Veiled Picture, or the Mysteries of Gorgono." Nevertheless the first specialized horror periodical.

Note: Not to be confused with The Marvellous Magazine published in Dublin in 26 weekly parts in 1822 which was a miscellany of history, travel and science (all non-fiction).

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1802 – Apr-1804
Publishers:   Thomas Tegg
Editors:   probably also Tegg
Formats:   large folio
Frequency:   monthly (but also issued in weekly parts)

Marvelous Library

Total Issues: 45

Issues & Index Sources:  1886
Publishers:   Franklin News Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Marvel Science Fiction

see under Marvel Science Stories

Marvel Science Stories

Total Issues: 5+2+2+3+3=15

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1938 – Aug-1939: Science Fiction Index
  Dec-1939 – May-1940, as Marvel Tales: Science Fiction Index
  Nov-1940 – Apr-1941, as Marvel Stories: Science Fiction Index
  Nov-1950 – May-1951, as Marvel Science Stories: Science Fiction Index
  Aug-1951 – May-1952, as Marvel Science Fiction: Science Fiction Index


  Aug-1938 – Nov-1938: Postal Publications; Chicago
  Feb-1939 – Apr-1941: Western Fiction Publishing Co.; Chicago
  Nov-1950 – May-1952: Stadium Publishing Corp.; New York


  Feb-1939 – Apr-1941: Martin Goodman
  Nov-1950 – May-1952: R. O. Erisman


  Aug-1938 – Feb-1951: standard pulp
  May-1951 – Nov-1951: digest
  May-1952: standard pulp


  Aug-1938 – Apr-1941: 15c
  Nov-1950 – May-1952: 25c


  Aug-1938: 128pp
  Nov-1938 – Apr/May-1939: 132pp
  Aug-1939 – Apr-1941: 116pp
  Nov-1950 – May-1952: 132pp



Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia


  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Marvel Science Stories (UK)

Total Issues: 1

The single issue is a complete reprint of the February 1951 (US) issue, except for UK advertisements being substituted for the originals.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1951: Index to British Science Fiction Magazines
Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Thorpe & Porter
Formats:   standard pulp
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Marvel Stories

see under Marvel Science Stories

Marvel Tales [1934]

Total Issues: 5

Amateur magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1934 – Summer 1935: Science Fiction Index
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Marvel Tales [1939]

see under Marvel Science Stories

Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine

Total Issues: 7

Published by Family Circle, Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine was very mainstream, very slick, and very glossy. It was filled with trivia, lists, reviews, short interviews and even found room for some good stories. Its publishing schedule was sporadic at best, because it was published to fill the same slots as the traditional baking, knitting, etc., magazines which made up Family Circle "special projects" - this also explained the unusual volume numbering. However, it never really found a niche and died after seven issues.

Issues & Index Sources:  1996 – Summer 2000: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Gruner+Jahr USA Publishing
Editors:   Kathryne V. Sagan
Formats:   quarto slick
Prices:   $3.99 (now $5.99)
Pagecounts:   100pp
Frequency:   twice yearly
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Mary J. Holmes' Novels

Total Issues: 9

Issues & Index Sources:  1900 – 1910
Publishers:   J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Total Issues: 2

Issues & Index Sources:  1949
Publishers:   Martin & Reid
Pagecounts:   12pp
Frequency:   monthly

Mask Detective

Total Issues: 2

British reprint edition of Dime Mystery Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr/May-1960 – Jun/Jul-1960: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Atlas Publishing & Distributing
Formats:   digest
Prices:   1/-
Frequency:   bimonthly
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The Masked Detective (1933)

A sample, ashcan, issue was filed with the Library of Congress to register the title, but was never turned into an actual newsstand pulp.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1933: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Lowell Publications, Inc.
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The Masked Detective (1940)

Total Issues: 12

The Masked Detective was launched in 1940 at the height of the popularity of the "pulp hero" magazines, and each issue featured a novel about Rex Parker, the "masked detective", as well as a handful of short stories and departments. It appeared on a quarterly basis but only lasted 12 issues before becoming a casualty of the paper shortages of World War II.

Issues & Index Sources:  Fall 1940 – Spring 1943: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
Publishers:   Better Publications
Editors:   Leo Margulies
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Masked Gun Mystery

Total Issues: 2

Launched as a companion magazine to Fantasy and Fear and Peculiar Adventures. After the first issue, all three were gathered under the umbrella title of Pro Se Presents..., with each of the titles, using their original numbering, published once every three months in a rotating schedule.

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-2010 – Nov-2010: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   ProSe Productions, Batesville, Arkansas
Editors:   Barry Reese
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