The Magnet Library: (about)
Publisher: Amalgamated Press.
Run: 15 Feb 1908-18 May 1940 (1683 issues).
Incorporated into: Knock-Out Comic (comic).
Format: 20pp small tabloid.
Price: ½d / 1d from 1910 / 1½d from 1918 / 2d from 1922.
Editor: Percy Griffith [1908-11]; Herbert A. Hinton [1911-16, 1919-21]; John Nix Pentalow [1916-19]; C. Maurice Down [1921-40].
Assistant/Sub-Editors: Herbert A. Hinton [1908-11]; Charles M. Down [?-1914]; G.R. Samways [1914-17, 1919-21]; William Pike [1915-17]; Hedley O’Mant; Noel Wood-Smith [1920s]; Reginald S. Taylor [1933-36]
Comments: Famous for its stories of Billy Bunter and Harry Wharton & Co. which appeared under the byline of Frank Richards; the characters were the creation of Charles Hamilton, who wrote over 1,380 of the Richards yarns. The Magnet was the centrepiece of the A.P.’s Companion Papers, which also included The Gem.
Further Reading: The Magnet Companion (London, Howard Baker Press, 1971); The Concise Magnet Companion by George Beal (London, Howard Baker, 1986, expanded as The Complete Magnet Companion (Surbitan, Surrey, Quartermain Press, 1996).