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Planet Stories (UK) [1950]

Total Issues: 12

British reprint edition of Planet Stories.

There were Australian and New Zealand reprint editions of some of the issues (at least 1 in Australia and 7 in New Zealand) but it is thought these simply had different covers and prices to the UK editions.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1950 – Sep-1954: Index to British Science Fiction Magazines
Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Mar-1950 – Sep-1954: Pembertons of Manchester
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   9d or 1/-
Pagecounts:   66pp
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Planet Stories (UK) [1954]

Total Issues: 1?

British reprint edition of Planet Stories. Only one, undated, issue is known which is a partial reprint of the November 1952 US issue.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1954: Index to British Science Fiction Magazines
Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Streamline Publications, 105 Curtain Road, London EC2
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   9d
Pagecounts:   68pp
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Subtitled "Girls on Parade". Contained pin-ups but no fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1942 – ?
Publishers:   White Publications

Play Book Series

Total Issues: 169

Issues & Index Sources:  1903 – 1923
Publishers:   J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Total Issues: 748 (to Jul/Aug-2017)

Men's magazine which has always published considerable fiction and during Ray Russell's editorship included a lot of sf, fantasy and horror. Authors include Evelyn Waugh, Carl Sandburg, Nelson Algren and many in the sf/horror fields.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1953 – present: Destiny Reference Guide (Missing: any after Jul/Aug-2017)
FictionMags Index


  HMH Publishing, Playboy Building, 919 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (in 1998 - 2002)



  ?: Jack Kessie
  1955 – 1960: Ray Russell
  1965 – 1966: Frank DuBlois
  1967 – 1976: Robie Macauley
  1976 – 1979: Victoria Hayden-Chen
  1980 – 2000?: Alice Turner


  standard slick



Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia


  O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)
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Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1953
Publishers:   Paget Publications, 106 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London


Total Issues: 426

A monthly pornographic magazine that featured semi-nude or fully nude men. The magazine was founded in 1973 during the height of the feminist movement as a response to erotic men's magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse that featured similar photos of women. It published the occasional piece of fiction, but much less than Playboy did.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1973 – Jan/Feb-2009
Related Sites:   Wikipedia
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Play Hour

Issues & Index Sources:  1857 – 1858


Issues & Index Sources:  1848 – 1849
Frequency:   monthly

Playtime (UK)

Total Issues: 103

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1900 – Jun-1909
Publishers:   5 Agar Street, Strand, London E.C.
Prices:   1d
Frequency:   monthly (1st of month)

Playtime [1958] (US)

Total Issues: 1?

Subtitled "Fun for Fellows and Femmes".

Issues & Index Sources:  1958: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
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Playtime [1960s] (US)

Total Issues: 2?

Subtitled "The New Fun Magazine for Males". First issue contained "Lady for Rent" by Gil Brewer.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1960s
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Total Issues: 48

Although listed by Gifford as starting in 1953, this title was listed in the Author's and Writer's Who's Who for 1948 which says the magazine contains "Well written stories, simple models & puzzles suitable for children of 4-8 years old."

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1953 – Dec-1956
Publishers:   Lutterworth Periodicals Ltd., Reigate Road, Redhill, Surrey
Editors:   Mrs. C. Goodall
Prices:   4d
Frequency:   monthly

The Pleasant Hour

Total Issues: 24

Subtitled "For young people & the home".

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1908 – Dec-1909
Publishers:   (?), London
Frequency:   monthly

Pleasure (UK) [1893]

Total Issues: 9

"This was issued monthly price 1d and was subtitled "The Catholic Boys Journal", a paper no doubt issued for Catholic boys of London. This paper however contained some very interesting stories of pirates and school life, although its editorial contents were of a religious nature. After No.4, dated June 1893, the sub-title was dropped and replaced by "Monthly Journal", the change made perhaps to increase circulation. In issue No.8 the Editor made the announcement that owing to financial reasons he had sold the copyright of the paper to The Arundel Printing and Publishing Co., Strand, and that from next week that company would produce that paper. The new publishers most certainly made a bigger mess that this editor, as only one issue appeared." (W. O. G. Lofts) The latter issue was sub-titled "The Boys Halfholiday Journal". Large-size with 16 pages. Was reputedly sub-edited by William Clarke Russell, the famous writer of sea stories. The lead story was entitled "The Adventures of a Young Stowaway" by Mrs. George Corbett.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1893 – 4-Nov-1893
Publishers:   Henry Potter; Arundel Publishing Co. from issue 9
Editors:   Henry Potter; Henry St. John Cooper (Sub-editor)
Prices:   1d
Frequency:   monthly

Pleasure (US) [1937]

Includes travel, entertainment, sports, fiction, cartoons & fashions.

Issues & Index Sources:  1937 – ?
Publishers:   Pleasure Publishing Co., Chicago
Editors:   J.C Godfrey
Pagecounts:   90pp

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