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    The Marvel:   (about)
    The (Halfpenny) Marvel was the first of Alfred Harmsworth’s storypapers aimed at putting the “penny dreadfuls” out of business by producing “pure, healthy literature” at a cheaper price. Early issues contained a long, complete tale and as many as three or four shorter ones (of very short length). These short stories would later be replaced by installments of serial stories. The issues are not dated themselves and are usually dated for the Saturday following the Wednesday when they appeared; this convention is followed below.

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