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    Snappy Detective Mysteries:
    Short-lived risque companion to Snappy/Sizzling Romances and similar names.


    Snappy Detective Mysteries

    • Publishers:
      • Edmar Publishing Co., Inc.; 125 West 45th Street, New York, NY: Snappy Detective Mysteries




    Sizzling Detective Mysteries
    Title Changed from Snappy Detective Mysteries.

    • Publishers:
      • Nudeal Publishing Company; Wilmington, DE: Sizzling Detective Mysteries





    Snappy Detective Stories    (about)
    Following the initial success of Spicy Detective Stories the publishers attempted to reserve the “Spicy” adjective for themselves by producing ashcan issues for two proposed companion titles, Spicy Mystery Stories and Spicy Adventure Stories. Simultaneously, the same publishers (Harry Donenfeld & Frank Armer) produced three more ashcan issues, for a parallel line of “Snappy” titles. Each of these issues was 12 pages long and was dated July 1934. The three Snappies never did achieve real publication but, possibly in response to the launch of Snappy Detective Mysteries by a rival publisher, a second set of ashcan issues was prepared and copyrighted. They were a bit more substantial than the first issues (36 pages) and were all dated May 1935.

    • Publishers:
      • Trojan Publishing Corp.; 125 East 46th Street, New York 17, NY: Snappy Detective Stories, Jul 1934.
      • Culture Publications, Inc.; 900 Market Street, Wilmington, DE: Snappy Detective Stories, May 1935.




    Snappy Mystery Stories    (about)
    Following the initial success of Spicy Detective Stories the publishers attempted to reserve the “Spicy” adjective for themselves by producing ashcan issues for two proposed companion titles, Spicy Mystery Stories and Spicy Adventure Stories. Simultaneously, the same publishers (Harry Donenfeld & Frank Armer) produced three more ashcan issues, for a parallel line of “Snappy” titles. Each of these issues was 12 pages long and was dated July 1934. The three Snappies never did achieve real publication but, possibly in response to the launch of Snappy Detective Mysteries by a rival publisher, a second set of ashcan issues was prepared and copyrighted. They were a bit more substantial than the first issues (36 pages) and were all dated May 1935.

    • Publishers:
      • Trojan Publishing Corp.; 125 East 46th Street, New York 17, NY: Snappy Mystery Stories, Jul 1934.
      • Culture Publications, Inc.; 2242 Grove Street, Chicago, IL: Snappy Mystery Stories, May 1935.





    Speakeasy Stories    (about)
    One of several gangster pulps published by Harold B. Hersey. However, by the time it was published, in 1931, public interest in gangsters was fading and it only lasted for four issues.

    • Publishers:
      • Good Story Magazine Co., Inc.; Myrick Building, Springfield, MA: Speakeasy Stories






    Special Detective    (about)
    Launched by the then editor of Detective Fiction Weekly, Special Detective featured a blend of fiction (mainly by authors familiar from Detective Fiction Weekly) and factual articles. After the third issue the former were phased out and the magazine continued as a true crime magazine.

    • Publishers:
      • Haig-Kostka Publications, Inc.; 434 Main Street, Mount Morris, IL: Special Detective




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