The Popular Magazine
Total Issues: 612
First three issues purported to be a boys' magazine but rapidly
converted to a men's fiction pulp from Feb-1904. Success came with
Haggard's "Ayesha" (1905); also published C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne, Morgan
Robertson, H.G. Wells, Rafael Sabatini, Zane Grey; it carved a niche as
a middle-of-the-road family magazine. See also possible brief revival
Initially The Popular Magazine dated its issues, in common
with most other magazines, by the date it should be taken "off" sale -
thus an issue might be dated "First July Number" and go on sale on
June 7th. In late 1914, however, the policy changed to date the
issue by the date it was offered for sale, thus producing 26 issues
dated 1914, although only 24 were actually published therein.
Just to make life even more confusing, in late 1928 the policy was
switch back - initially with both "First November Number" and "Oct. 7"
appearing on the cover, with the latter gradually changing to "On Sale xxx"
before being phased out completely - which is why there appear to be
no October issues in 1928.
Issues & Index Sources
#merges with Complete Stories
Street & Smith Publications, Inc.
Nov-1903 – 1904: Henry Harrison Lewis
1904 – 1928?: Charles Agnew MacLean
Nov-1903 – Nov-1906: 10c
Dec-1906 – 1916: 15c
1916 – Oct-1931: 20c
Nov-1903 – Nov-1906: 194pp (first 3 issues 96pp)
Dec-1906 – 1916: 224pp
1916 – Oct-1931: 208pp
Nov-1903 – Sep-1909: monthly
Oct-1909 – Sep-1927: twice-monthly
24-Sep-1927 - 1-Jul-1928 (weekly)
7-Jul-1928 - Jan-1931 (twice-monthly)
Feb-1931 – Oct-1931: monthly
The Pulp Magazines Project
Science Fiction Encyclopedia
The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps