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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Adventure Stories (Amalgamated Press, 5/-, 224pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Aircraft (Amalgamated Press, 7/6, 192pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Engineering (Amalgamated Press, 7/6, 192pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Fire Fighters (Amalgamated Press, 5/-, 160pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Hobbies (Amalgamated Press, 6/-, 192pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Motors, Ships & Engines (Amalgamated Press, 7/6, 192pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Pirates (Amalgamated Press, 5/-, 160pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of Racing Cars (Amalgamated Press, 4/-, 160pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s Book of True Adventure (Amalgamated Press, 6/-, 192pp, hc)
    • [frontispiece] · Radcliffe Wilson · fp
    • 3 · They Captured Lawrence! · Anon. · ar
    • 8 · On the Trail of the Dragons · Anon. · ar; illustrated by Gilbey
    • 13 · Trapped in a Crocodile’s Laur · John R. Carstairs · ar
    • 17 · Deep-Sea Duel! · Stuart Martin · ar
    • 20 · The Ship That Wouldn’t Sink · Gerald Bowman · ts The Modern Boy Dec 15 1934
    • 25 · Crash to Order! · Anon. · ar
    • 29 · Frozen Justice! · Anon. · ar
    • 33 · Fight for Spain - Or Die! · Richard Stewart · ar
    • 41 · They Sung Their Way to Safety · Anon. · ar
    • 46 · Ants · Dennison Wright · ar
    • 49 · Voyage Into Space · Anon. · ar; illustrated by photos
    • 55 · I Struck Revolution · Peter Bennett · ar
    • 62 · Four Fathoms Deep · Anon. · ar
    • 65 · Tornado · Anon. · ar
    • 67 · The Fire Dog of Asu · Anon. · ar; illustrated by Gilbey
    • 72 · I Was on a Cannibal Menu! · Rex Hardinge · ar; illustrated by Gilbey
    • 77 · I Was Shot at Dawn! · Anon. · ar
    • 81 · Locked in with Six Million Skulls · E. L. McKeag · ar
    • 86 · Given Up for Dead! · Anon. · ar
    • 94 · The Malevolent Mountain! · Anon. · ar
    • 101 · He Pulled a Python’s Tail! · Anon. · ar
    • 103 · Escape! · Lieutenant Hamilton Smith · ar
    • 111 · Thunderbolt! · Anon. · ar
    • 113 · The Tree That Eats Men · Grant Seymour · ar
    • 117 · Marooned on a Burning Windjammer · Anon. · ar
    • 123 · Prisoners on a Pirate Junk · Anon. · ar
    • 129 · I Looked Down on Everest! · S. L. Bonnet · ar; illustrated by photos
    • 135 · The Secret of the Elephants · Rex Hardinge · ar
    • 139 · He Fought a Volcano - and Won! · Anon. · ar
    • 144 · Spotted Fury · Anon. · ar
    • 147 · 5,000 Miles with a 6d. Atlas · Anon. · ar; illustrated by photos
    • 153 · The City Under the Sea · Anon. · ar
    • 158 · He Crawled 100 Miles · Anon. · ar
    • 161 · Human Caterpillar · Anon. · ar
    • 165 · Legionnaire Lancey’s Bayonet · Anon. · ar
    • 170 · The Phantom Forest · Anon. · ar
    • 177 · The Liner That Vanished! · Anon. · ar
    • 181 · The Man Who Splits Rocks with His Fist! · Anon. · ar
    • 186 · The Valley of Lost Men · Captain X · ar


    The Modern Boy’s New Book of Aircraft (Amalgamated Press, 6/-, 192pp, hc)
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    The Modern Boy’s New Book of Motors, Ships & Engines (Amalgamated Press, 6/-, 192pp, hc)
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    Modern Wonder:    (about)
    Modern Wonder was a boy’s magazine that was a cross between the American Boys’ Life or American Boy and Mechanics Illustrated. Early issues measured 16" by 10½". Somewhere in the fall of 1937 they became 14" by 10¼". There were at least two title changes. In late 1940 it became Modern Wonders and then in March of 1941 it became Modern World. Early covers were brightly colored affairs featuring machines in action. Towards the end covers became monochrome photographs concentrating on military matters. There was also a full color centerfold of a cross section of a machine or some military theme. Interior illustrations were usually black and white.

    The contents of Modern Wonder featured articles on the cutting edge of technology. They also ran short stories and serials that went on for as many as 30 parts. The fiction was all in the action adventure category with a reasonable portion of that being science fiction and fantasy. There were the usual stories about Atlantis, secret advanced weapons, trips into outer space and menacing creatures of various types. Most of the authors are not widely known with the exceptions being John Beynon (“The Space Machine” - issues 1 thru 10) and a series of factual articles set in a fictional framework of space travel by John Russell Fearn (scattered 1937 issues). The last issue probably appeared in 1941. It was most likely a victim of the World War II paper shortage.

    • Publishers:
      • Odhams Press Ltd.; London, England: Modern Wonder



    Modern Wonder [v1, #1, May 22, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · Faced Death at Five Miles a Minute · Anon. · ar
    • 3 · Conqueror of the Rockies [Part 1 of 2] · W. Stanton Hope · sl; illustrated by Savile Lumley
    • 5 · Moon Only 24 Miles Away! · Anon. · ar
    • 6 · Polar Submarine That Bores Through Ice! · Anon. · ar
    • 7 · The Flying Bomb · Gerald Bowman · ss
    • 8 · Across the World in a Flying Liner · Anon. · ia
    • 11 · Two Million Horse-Power · Anon. · ar
    • 12 · Half a Mile Under the Sea · Dr. William Beebe · ar
    • 13 · The Space Machine [Part 1 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 15 · Modern Wonder League of Science · Anon. · ar
    • 16 · Floating Aerodromes That Follow the Fleet · Anon. · ar


    Modern Wonder [v1, #2, May 29, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · Millions Motor Under a River · Anon. · ar
    • 3 · Mechanical Triumph No. 1 · Charles W. A. Scott · ar
    • 4 · Flames Below · E. J. Stanton · ss; illustrated by Sinclair Calow
    • 6 · A 200 H.P. Dart · Anon. · ar
    • 7 · The Space Machine [Part 2 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “Non-Stop to Mars”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 8 · Across the Channel by Train · Anon. · ia
    • 11 · Giant Voice Heard All Over the World · Keith Rogers · ar
    • 12 · Faking Screen Thrillers · Anon. · ar
    • 13 · Conqueror of the Rockies [Part 2 of 2] · W. Stanton Hope · sl; this part is sub-titled “The Last Spike”.; illustrated by Savile Lumley
    • 15 · Science Is News · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · Modern Fire-Fighters · Anon. · ia


    Modern Wonder [v1, #3, June 5, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · Battle of the Speed Aces · Anon. · ar
    • 3 · The Yellow Streak · Gordon Randall · ss; illustrated by John Woods
    • 5 · Looking Back a Thousand Years · Carl Olsson · ar
    • 6 · Mighty Steel Road Across the Sea · Anon. · ar
    • 8 · Crack British Loco. Cock o’ the North · Anon. · ia
    • 10 · Giant Ocean Greyhound to Rule Atlantic Waves · Anon. · ar
    • 11 · The Space Machine [Part 3 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “Martians on Earth”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 13 · To New York in an Afternoon! · Ritchie Calder · ar
    • 14 · Trapped by Wireless · Gerald Bowman · ss
    • 15 · Science Is News · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · A “Dawn Patrol” to Discover Tomorrow’s Weather · Anon. · ia


    Modern Wonder [v1, #4, June 12, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · Flying on a Beam of Sound · Gordon Randall · ar
    • 3 · Our Fighting Navy · Anon. · ss; adapted from the movie based on the story by Bartimeous.
    • 6 · Trains of the Future · Edwin H. Judd · ar
    • 7 · The Space Machine [Part 4 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “First Men on Mars”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 8 · Britain’s Air Might · Anon. · ia
    • 11 · Miracle Out of Space · Anon. · ar
    • 12 · Round the World in 80 Seconds · Keith Rogers · ar
    • 13 · First to the Top! · Gerald Bowman · ss; illustrated by Bryan de Grineau
    • 15 · Science Is News · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · The Marsh Buggy - New Amphibian Marvel · Anon. · ia


    Modern Wonder [v1, #5, June 19, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · Railway Run by Armed Warriors · Anon. · ar
    • 3 · Roaring Speedway · W. E. Stanton Hope · ss
    • 5 · War Declared! · Carl Olsson · ar
    • 6 · New York Non-Stop · Anon. · ar
    • 8 · “Queen Mary” - the World’s Wonder Ship · Anon. · ia
    • 10 · Science Makes the Super Film · Anon. · ar
    • 11 · The Space Machine [Part 5 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “Kidnapped by a Machine”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 13 · Hoodoo Pearls · Gerald Bowman · ss; illustrated by Savile Lumley
    • 15 · Science Is News · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · “S.O.S.” - New Amphibian and Motor Lifeboats · Anon. · ia


    Modern Wonder [v1, #6, June 26, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · Power That Rules the World · Anon. · ar
    • 3 · Trains a Boy can Drive · Gerald Bowman · ar
    • 4 · Caterpillar Tommy · Gerald Bowman · ss; illustrated by Cyril Holloway
    • 6 · Whisper That Kills and Tills · Carl Olsson · ar
    • 8 · Hendon’s Wonderful Air Pageant · Anon. · ia
    • 10 · Legion of Death · Anon. · ar
    • 11 · Phantom of the Loch · Bower Mason · ss; illustrated by Savile Lumley
    • 13 · The Space Machine [Part 6 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “The Rival Rocket”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 15 · The March of Science · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · The Thrill of Speedway Racing · Anon. · ia; illustrated by Roland Davies


    Modern Wonder [v1, #7, July 3, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · “Iron Man” of the Sea · Anon. · ar
    • 3 · Monster Steel Desert Bus · Anon. · ar
    • 4 · Halloran Takes Control [Halloran] · Gerald Bowman · ss
    • 6 · “N” · Carl Olsson · ar
    • 7 · Timber Fever · Stanton Hope · ss
    • 8 · Live Targets for R.A.F. Manned Speed Boats - Bombed from the Air · Anon. · ia
    • 11 · Battle of the Searchlights · Ralph Michaelis · ar
    • 12 · Test Tube Sherlock Holmes · Ritchie Calder · ar
    • 13 · The Space Machine [Part 7 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “Trapped on Mars!”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 15 · Science Is News · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · The Coronation Scot · Anon. · ia; illustrated by R. B. Way


    Modern Wonder [v1, #8, July 10, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · By Train to the Moon · Anon. · ar
    • 3 · Battling the Storms · R. Tiltman · ar
    • 4 · Rough Diamond [Halloran] · Gerald Bowman · ss
    • 6 · Mighty News Empire on the Roof of the World · Carl Olsson · ar
    • 8 · Full Throttle · Anon. · ia
    • 10 · He Juggles with Giant Air Liners · Anon. · ar
    • 11 · The Space Machine [Part 8 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “Steel Rulers of Mars”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 13 · Cities on the Ocean Bed · Anon. · ar
    • 14 · Out of the Sky · Alfred E. Wright · nf
    • 15 · Science Is News · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · Mechanising the Mounties · Anon. · ia


    Modern Wonder [v1, #9, July 17, 1937] (2d, 16pp, foolscap)
    • 2 · When the Earth’s Crust Breaks · A. P. Luscombe Whyte · ar
    • 3 · Two Miles a Minute Express · Gerald Carr · ar
    • 4 · High Pressure [Halloran] · Gerald Bowman · ss; illustrated by Savile Lumley
    • 6 · Don’t Grumble at Heat Waves! · Gerald Carr · ar
    • 7 · Through the “Mike” · Arthur Groom · ss
    • 8 · Two Giants of the Air · Anon. · ia
    • 10 · Docks That Handle £100,000,000 a Year · Anon. · ar
    • 12 · Water, at £1,200 a Pint · Carl Olsson · ar
    • 13 · The Space Machine [Part 9 of 10] · John Beynon · sl; this part is sub-titled “Vaygan’s Sacrifice”.; abridged from “Stowaway to Mars”, Passing Show, 1936.; illustrated by Chester
    • 15 · Science Is News · Anon. · cl
    • 16 · Steering Ships by Pressing Buttons · Anon. · ia; illustrated by G. H. Davis






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