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    The American Boy [v107 #3, March 1933] ed. Griffith Ogden Ellis (Sprague Publications; Detroit, MI, 20¢, 52pp, 10½" x 14", cover by Orson Lowell)
    (NB: This issue says “Publication Office” is in Chicago, “Administrative Office” is in Detroit) Details supplied by John Boston.
    • 3 · Jungle Haven · Albert L. Stillman · sl
    • 7 · Wings of Lucifer · Carl H. Claudy · ss
    • 11 · Afraid to Lose · Franklin M. Reck · ss; “Fancy diving is great sport, but to Nig Berry and Johnny Ladd, competitors for the national championship, it was a nerve-wracking battle.”
    • 14 · The Brethren [Part last of ?] · H. Rider Haggard · sl 1904
    • 18 · The Vagabond Trail · George F. Pierrot · ar; travelogue—about Japan.
    • 21 · High School America—a Challenge · Franklin M. Reck · ar; Here’s the Crawl Stroke That Made Japan Olympic Swimming Champion.
    • 22 · Enigma · John O’Donnell · pm
    • 22 · Friendly Talks with the Editor · [Misc.] · ed
    • 23 · Blizzard! [Douglas Renfrew] · Laurie York Erskine · ss
    • 26 · The Man Without a Name [Jim Tierney, detective] · John A. Moroso · ss; detective story.
    • 37 · Our Readers Write Us! · [Misc.] · lt
    • 38 · Visit Japan · [Misc.] · ms; announces essay contest, winners get trip to Japan.
    • 42 · Ride a Rocket Ship! · [Misc.] · ms; another essay contest, winners go to the World’s Fair.
    • 48 · Stamps in the Day’s News · Kent B. Stiles · cl; about legislation proposing commemorative stamps—there were nine separate bills for a General Kosciuszko stamp—and new stamp issues.
    • 51 · Funnybone Ticklers · [Misc.] · hu

    The American Boy [v108 #2, February 1934] ed. Griffith Ogden Ellis (Sprague Publications; Detroit, MI, 20¢, 44pp, 10½" x 14", cover by Edgar Franklin Wittmack)
    Details supplied by John Boston.
    • 3 · The Helmet of Pluto · Carl H. Claudy · ss
    • 7 · Hide-Rack Stands By [Hide-Rack the collie] · Glenn Balch · ss
    • 9 · The Golden Trap · James B. Hendryx · ss; chasing a fugitive in Canada.
    • 12 · Integrity · Barry Scobee · ss; looks like a Western detective story.
    • 14 · Balance!—An Interview with Bob Hess · Franklin M. Reck · iv; “Every Good Wrestler Has It”.
    • 15 · Marines’ Hymn; Lyrics by Air Corps · Frederic Nelson Litten · ss; appears to be an imperialist epic of the U.S. Marines in Haiti.
    • 18 · Death and I · W. D. Vermilyea · pm
    • 18 · Friendly Talks with the Editor · [Misc.] · ed
    • 19 · Tip-Off · Franklin M. Reck · ss; looks like a basketball detective story.
    • 22 · Larry Marsh, Packer · William Heyliger · sl; a romance of Capitalism; guy inherits a defunct sardine factory, decides to reopen it in the face of unscrupulous competition. One illustration is captioned: “The red hair began to bristle. ’Mr. Keene, I’ve come all the way from Maine to interest you in a sardine with a new flavor.’”
    • 27 · Those Bell-Ringing Fish! · H. W. Bush · ar; quarter-page squib about ice fishing, in which bells are part of the technology.
    • 28 · A Cheerful Word · Florence Scripps Kellogg · pm
    • 38 · In the Morning Mail · [Misc.] · lt; Conducted by Pluto the Office Pup.
    • 39 · Hail the Prize-Winners! · [Misc.] · ms
    • 39 · The American Boy Contest · [Misc.] · ms; write an essay on “The Thing I Wish I Could Do Well.”
    • 40 · Stamps in the Day’s News · Kent B. Stiles · cl
    • 43 · Funnybone Ticklers · [Misc.] · hu

    The American Boy [v109 #3, March 1935] (Sprague Publications; Detroit, MI, 10¢, 44pp, 10½" x 13½")

              There is some ambiguity about the proper title of the magazine. On the cover it says YOUTH’S COMPANION [smaller type] combined with AMERICAN BOY [larger type]. However, the copyright/second class mailing notice at the front says THE AMERICAN BOY—YOUTH’S COMPANION. The contents page—actually, a contents box, taking up probably 20% or less of the last page of the magazine before the back cover, in the same type size and style as the magazine text—has the first variation at the head and lists the second in the editorial address.
              This is quite a handsome magazine. The cover, illustrating the story “Wolves,” is a fairly striking colored drawing (in my near-total ignorance I’d guess pastels and colored pencils, though the contents says “Cover Painting by Paul Bransom”) of several wolves, looking smarter than you’d like them to be against a stylized mountain-scape, colors mostly muted, but well suited to impress in this large size. The cover advertises “Wolves” in modest type, but places the “New Sea Serial,” “‘WIND IN THE RIGGING,’ by Howard Pease,” in much larger type. Inside, the illustrations are frequent, pretty competent, and partly in color for the two cover stories. There’s a reasonably large illustration on every page of the fiction contents through about page 27, and the non-fiction items are illustrated either with photographs or small drawings. Advertising is fairly profuse and includes both the small ads familiar from the pulps (but no trusses or Sex Knowledge) and larger display ads for the likes of Kellogg’s PEP Bran Flakes, Ford, and Corona (“Us authors are all for this silent Corona.”) The paper is slick but not glossy; I’m sure there’s a proper description for this but I don’t know it.
              The Howard Pease serial features seaman Tod Moran, about whom I was reading 20 years later in book form in the public library of Childersburg, Alabama; there was a whole series of books about his exploits. “Fitzsimmons’ Shift” is a boxing story: “Jerry Coiner, the best lightweight Dunbar had ever seen, decided he didn’t care to have a cream puff for a roommate!” “Wolves” is billed as “A Story of Cowboys and Bawling Cattle.”
               “Steve Merrill, Engineer,” it says here, is about an electrical engineer who is forced to turn detective, and fears discovering corruption in his own family. There’s a splendid illustration of a factory floor with a couple of working stiffs carrying something pretty heavy, and the caption (presumably a line from the story): “In the shop, the bolted-down presses crashed and smashed out the bedlam of their incessant war on steel.” I’m reminded of Brian Aldiss’s remark that the early Campbell-era ASTOUNDING presented “the fiction of industrial process.” Well, this looks like the real stuff.
               “Fresh Water Irish” is another nautical story, except it’s on the Great Lakes, Duluth to Thunder Bay. (“A troubled frown wrinkled Clyde Gallagher’s youthful forehead. His slender, erect body moved restlessly beside the after window of the Heekin’s pilot house as he watched the red iron ore slither down the chutes into the yawning hold.” More industrial process.)
               “Outbound to Jupiter” is not particularly good, at least as far as I’ve gotten in it; young squirt signs on to a ship to Jupiter, but that seems to be a frame for a long reminiscence by the wise old skipper about events on the Mercury run 20 years previously. The stories del Rey anthologized were much better. I had previously wondered why van Dresser didn’t publish much in the SF magazines (he had one story in AMAZING in 1930, and a couple of science articles in ASTOUNDING). Maybe he wasn’t that good that often. Or, more likely, AMERICAN BOY paid a lot more and liked his work just fine. Does anybody know anything about van Dresser? Did he write in other fields? Publish books? Details supplied by John Boston.
    • 3 · Wind in the Rigging [Part ? of ?; Tod Moran] · Howard Pease · sl
    • 6 · Fitzsimmons’ Shift · Oliver DeWitt Shank · ss
    • 9 · Wolves · F. M. Tibbott · ss
    • 12 · Steve Merrill, Engineer [Part ? of ?] · William Heyliger · sl
    • 15 · You Can Make Money Gardening—IF · Harry R. O’Brien · ar
    • 16 · Friendly Talks with the Editor · [Misc.] · ed
    • 16 · Prairie Shack · Queena Davison Miller · pm
    • 17 · Fresh Water Irish · Capt. Barney Buntline · ss
    • 20 · Outbound to Jupiter · Peter van Dresser · ss
    • 23 · Win a Free Trip on the Normandie · [Misc.] · cn
    • 32 · Originality Counts! · C. C. Harrington · ms; filler? short squib about a kid who won an advertising contest.
    • 33 · We’re Going to Alaska! · [Misc.] · ms; short feature about trip being organized by magazine.
    • 34 · They Won Cash Prizes · [Misc.] · ms; results of earlier contest.
    • 35 · They Work with Junk · Robert C. Hill · ar; short feature about high school students who make useful articles out of items rescued from dump.
    • 37 · Bill Brown Started Something! · William Wolf · ar; short feature about high school student who invented gasoline-powered model airplane.
    • 40 · Stamps · [Misc.] · cl
    • 43 · Funnybone Ticklers · [Misc.] · hu

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