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The Penny Magazine (US) [Philadelphia, 1896]

Country: US
Total Issues: 9

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-1896 – Dec-1896: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Penny Magazine Company, 653 The Bourse, Philadelphia, PA
Prices:   5c
Frequency:   monthly


The Penny Miscellany

Country: UK

Waite was unsure whether he was recalling this journal or a later one of the same title as being particularly dull.

Issues & Index Sources:  1865 – 1868
Frequency:   weekly

The Penny Pictorial Magazine

Country: UK
Total Issues: 1795+71=1866

Originally aimed at a younger market and of interest to boys' story-paper collectors as it reprinted many Sexton Blake stories from the Union Jack. Apart from Sexton Blake (1907 - 1913), the paper included a great many other detectives, including Derwent Duff by Cecil Hayter, Marcus Bland by Addington Symonds, Detective X. Crook by Jefferson Farjeon and Inch of the Yard by George Goodchild.

Issues & Index Sources

  10-Jun-1899 – 23-Jun-1922: Story Paper Index (sample issues only)
  30-Jun-1922 – 6-Nov-1926, as The Pictorial Magazine: Story Paper Index (sample issue only)
  13-Nov-1926 – 28-Oct-1933, as Pictorial Weekly: Story Paper Index (sample issue only)
  4-Nov-1933 – 9-Mar-1935, as Penny Pictorial

Publishers

  Harmsworth

Editors

  1899 – 1905: Charles Sisley
  Noel Wood-Smith

Prices

  1d

Frequency

  weekly
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The Penny Popular

Country: UK
Total Issues: 286+628=914

Boys' story-paper. Reprinted many Sexton Blake stories from the Union Jack. Ran Charles Hamilton's school and adventure stories (under various pen names). Companion to The Penny Wonder.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1912 – Mar-1918

#incorporated into The Boys' Friend

  Jan-1919 – 1920
  Aug-1920 – Feb-1931, as The Popular

#becomes The Ranger

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press, Fleetway House

Editors

  1916 – 1918: R.T. Eves
  Arthur Aldcroft [Assistant Editor]

Prices

  1d; 1½d; 2d from (1922)

Pagecounts

  32pp; 16pp; 20pp from Oct-1919; 28pp from #161 (1922?)

Frequency

  weekly (every Friday; Tuesday from 1920s)
 

The Penny Story-Teller & Popular Magazine

Country: UK
Total Issues: 248

The first 1d illustrated story paper.

Issues & Index Sources

  1-Aug-1832 – 21-Sep-1836: FictionMags Index (sample issue only; may have continued to 31-Dec-1840)

Publishers

  #1, 183? – #10, 183?: William Stevens Ltd., Family Herald Press, London WC
  #11, 183? – #24, 183?: William Howden
  #25, 183? – #130, 183?: Charles Penny
  #131, 183? – #248, 183?: S. Kay

Formats

  quarto

Prices

  1d

Pagecounts

  46pp

Frequency

  weekly

The Penny Sunday Times and People's Police Gazette

Country: UK
Total Issues: 278

Consisted entirely of fiction and fabricated police reports in order to by-pass the stamp duty on newspapers. Succeeded because of its many Dickens imitations like "The Life and Adventures of Martin Puzzlewhit" by Bos (1843).

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1841 – 3-Jan-1847
Publishers:   Edward Lloyd
Formats:   story paper
Frequency:   weekly

The Penny Wonder

Country: UK

Boys' story-paper. Ran more sinister stories than its companion, The Penny Wonder, including detective and gothic stories. Has been called 'curiously old-fashioned'.

Issues & Index Sources:  1912 – ?
Publishers:   Harmsworth
Frequency:   weekly

Penthouse (UK)

Country: UK

Although now thought of as a US magazine, Penthouse started as a British magazine and stayed separate from the US magazine even when the latter was launched. In the Playboy mould, it regularly published fiction, though less frequently and with less distinction than the magazine it emulated, and for some years Graham Masterton was fiction editor.

There are news reports that the magazine was relaunced some time in the 2000s but this is believed to be simply a UK distribution of the US magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  1965 – Sep-1997?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Nov-1997? – 1998, as PH-UK

Publishers

  1965 – Sep-1997?: Bob Guccione
  Nov-1997? – 1998: Tom Hilditch

Formats

  slick men's magazine

Related Sites

  Wikipedia
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Penthouse (US)

Country: US
Total Issues: 599 (to Nov/Dec-2022)

Launched as a US version of the British Penthouse, the first four years reprinted covers and some internal features from the British version until, in late 1973, it established a separate presence with original covers and features.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1969 – present: FictionMags Index (Missing: incomplete after Dec-2007)
Website:   penthousemagazine.com
Publishers:   Bob Guccione
Formats:   slick men's magazine
Frequency:   monthly
Related Sites:   Wikipedia
Issue Checklist

Penumbra [2011]

Country: US
Total Issues: 39

Online SF magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-2011 – Dec-2014: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Musa Publishing
Editors:   C.A. Summers
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Penumbra [2020]

Country: US
Total Issues: 3 (as at Jan-2023)

"A Journal of Weird Fiction and Criticism".

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 2020 – present: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any after #3, 2022)
Website:   www.hippocampuspress.com/journals/penumbra
Publishers:   Hippocampus Press
Editors:   S. T. Joshi
Frequency:   annual
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Penumbric Speculative Fiction

Country: US
Total Issues: 15+16=31 (to Dec-2022)

Low-paying online magazine

Issues & Index Sources

  Jun-2002 – Dec-2004: Science Fiction Index (sample issues only)
  Jun-2020 – present: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any after Dec-2022)

Website:   www.penumbric.com

Publishers

  Creative Press, Denver, Colorado 80204

Editors

  Jeff Georgeson
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The People

Country: UK

Weekly newspaper that published fiction by Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling and Gerald Kersh, who also had a regular column in the 1940s under the name Piers England.

Issues & Index Sources

  16-Oct-1881 – 19-Dec-1971
  2-Jan-1972 – present, as The Sunday People

Website:   www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/sunday-people

Publishers

  Odhams Press, London

Frequency

  weekly

Related Sites

  Wikipedia

People's Five Cent Novelettes

Country: US
Total Issues: 3

Issues & Index Sources:  1860
Publishers:   J.W. Mange
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography


The People's Friend

Country: UK
Total Issues: 7711 (to 27-Jan-2018)

A coelacanth of the British periodical publishing industry, a 19th-century story paper which is still going as a popular weekly of light romances.

Note that issues seem to start from #8, 4-Aug-1869.

Issues & Index Sources:  14-Jun-1869 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Website:   www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk
Publishers:   John Leng, Dundee; later D.C. Thomson
Editors:   currently Sinclair Matheson
Formats:   story paper
Frequency:   weekly

The People's Friend Story Library

Country: UK

"50,000 - 55,000-word family and romantic stories aimed at 30+ age group".

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1970 – ?
Publishers:   D.C. Thomson, Dundee
Formats:   small booklet, 132pp
Frequency:   twice-monthly


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