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    Gangland-Racketeer Stories
    Mike Cook, in Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, lists this as a Blue Band magazine in the 1930s, but this is probably a confusion for the merger of Gangland Stories and Racketeer Stories.


    Gangland Stories:
    Racketeer Stories and Gangland Stories were two of Harold Hersey’s less successful gangster pulp magazines, attempting to cash in on the popularity of Gangster Stories. The former lasted for only 18 issues and the latter for a mere 14 issues before the two magazines were merged to form Racketeer and Gangland Stories, which lasted a mere three issues. Commenced with Volume 1 #2, a practice not unusual with Harold Hersey magazines.


    Gangland Stories

    • Publishers:
      • Double-Action Magazines, Inc.; 2256 Grove Street, Chicago, IL: Gangland Stories
















    Racketeer and Gangland Stories
    Title changed from Gangland Stories, following merger with Racketeer Stories.

    • Publishers:
      • Blue Band Publishing Corp.; Myrick Building, Springfield, MA: Racketeer and Gangland Stories





    Gangster Pay-Off    (about)
    One-shot magazine advertised in other Grant Hughes publications but no copy has ever been located so it may be phantom.

    • Publishers:
      • Grant Hughes: Gangster Pay-Off


    Gangster Pay-Off [ca. 1948] (Grant Hughes, 5.5" x 8.5")
    Issue not found - may be phantom.
    • Need Contents


    Gangster Stories:
    Initially one of Hersey’s more successful pulps, Gangster Stories was sold in 1932, along with all his magazine assets. The new owners boastfully renamed the magazine Greater Gangster Stories but the readers were less impressed and the magazine folded after only 13 issues.


    Gangster Stories

    • Publishers:
      • Good Story Magazine Co., Inc.; 25 West 43rd Street, New York, NY; and later at Myrick Building, Springfield, MA: Gangster Stories, Nov 1929 – Nov 1931.
      • Blue Band Publishing Corp.; Myrick Building, Springfield, MA: Gangster Stories, Dec 1931 – Nov 1932.

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