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Manhunt

Manhunt boasted it was the world's best-selling crime fiction magazine, and was certainly the "gold standard" against which all other "tough" crime magazines of the period measured themselves. Starting in January 1953 as a monthly digest, it flirted briefly (from March 1957 to May 1958) with a larger format to enhance newstand sales. The latter was not a success however and it soon reverted to digest size and dropped to bimonthly. In all it ran for almost 15 years and notched up a very respectable 114 issues.

From January 1953 to March 1956 the cover read Manhunt Detective Story Monthly, but the magazine was always called just Manhunt in the table of contents.

One notable feature of the magazine was the number of reprints it spawned. As well as a local reprint called Giant Manhunt which rebound 3-4 unsold issues of the magazine into a bumper issue, there were also at least two reprint series in the UK (one as Bloodhound Detective Story Magazine) as well as three reprint series in Australia (one as Manhunt Detective Story Magazine, one as Phantom Suspense-Mystery Magazine, and another as Verdict Detective Story Magazine).

1953
v1 #1
Jan

v1 #2
Feb

v1 #3
Mar

v1 #4
Apr

v1 #5
May

v1 #6
Jun

v1 #7
Jul

v1 #8
Aug

v1 #9
Sep

v1 #10
Oct

v1 #11
Nov

v1 #12
Dec
 
1954
v2 #1
Jan

v2 #2
Feb
   
v2 #3
May

v2 #4
Jun

v2 #5
Jul

v2 #6
Aug

v2 #7
Sep

v2 #8
Oct

v2 #9
Nov

v2 #10
Dec

v2 #11
25-Dec
1955
v3 #1
Jan

v3 #2
Feb

v3 #3
Mar

v3 #4
Apr

v3 #5
May

v3 #6
Jun

v3 #7
Jul

v3 #8
Aug

v3 #9
Sep

v3 #10
Oct

v3 #11
Nov

v3 #12
Dec
 
1956
v4 #1
Jan

v4 #2
Feb

v4 #3
Mar

v4 #4
Apr

v4 #5
May

v4 #6
Jun

v4 #7
Jul

v4 #8
Aug

v4 #9
Sep

v4 #10
Oct

v4 #11
Nov

v4 #12
Dec
 
1957
v5 #1
Jan

v5 #2
Feb

v5 #3
Mar

v5 #4
Apr

v5 #5
May

v5 #6
Jun

v5 #7
Jul
 
v5 #8
Sep

v5 #9
Oct

v5 #10
Nov

v5 #11
Dec
 
1958
v6 #1
Jan

v6 #2
Feb
 
v6 #3
Apr
 
v6 #4
Jun
 
v6 #5
Aug
 
v6 #6
Oct
 
v6 #7
Dec
 
1959  
v7 #1
Feb
 
v7 #2
Apr
 
v7 #3
Jun
 
v7 #4
Aug
 
v7 #5
Oct
 
v7 #6
Dec
 
1960  
v8 #1
Feb
 
v8 #2
Apr
 
v8 #3
Jun
 
v8 #4
Aug
 
v8 #5
Oct
 
v8 #6
Dec
 
1961  
v9 #1
Feb
 
v9 #2
Apr
 
v9 #3
Jun
 
v9 #4
Aug
 
v9 #5
Oct
 
v9 #6
Dec
 
1962  
v10 #1
Feb
 
v10 #2
Apr
 
v10 #3
Jun
 
v10 #4
Aug
 
v10 #5
Oct
 
v10 #6
Dec
 
1963  
v11 #1
Feb
 
v11 #2
Apr
 
v11 #3
Jun
 
v11 #4
Aug
 
v11 #5
Oct
     
1964
v12 #1
Jan
 
v12 #2
Mar
 
v12 #3
May
 
v12 #4
Jul
 
v12 #5
Sep
 
v12 #6
Nov
   
1965
v13 #1
Jan
 
v13 #2
Mar
 
v13 #3
May
 
v13 #4
Jul
 
v13 #5
Sep
   
v13 #6
Dec
 
1966  
v14 #1
Feb/Mar

v14 #2
Apr/May

v14 #3
Jun/Jul

v14 #4
Aug/Sep

v14 #5
Oct/Nov

v14 #6
Dec/Jan
1967  
v15 #1
Feb/Mar

v15 #2
Apr/May
         

Giant Manhunt

None of the issues of this series were dated, although they probably appeared during the 1950s. It is also not known exactly how many issues existed (although #13 has been seen) nor if all issues with the same issue number contain the same rebound issues of Manhunt.

195?
#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10
#11
#12

#13

Manhunt (UK)

The first British reprint edition ran for 13 monthly issues, roughly six months after the corresponding US issue.

1953              
v1 #1
Aug

v1 #2
Sep

v1 #3
Oct

v1 #4
Nov

v1 #5
Dec
1954
v1 #6
Jan

v1 #7
Feb

v1 #8
Mar
v1 #9
Apr

v1 #10
May

v1 #11
Jun/Jul

v2 #1
Aug

v2 #2
Sep
     

Bloodhound Detective Story Magazine

The second British reprint edition ran for 14 monthly issues in the early 1960's under the title Bloodhound Detective Story Magazine.

1961        
v1 #1
May

v1 #2
Jun

v1 #3
Jul

v1 #4
Aug

v1 #5
Sep

v1 #6
Oct

v1 #7
Nov

v1 #8
Dec
1962
v1 #9
Jan

v1 #10
Feb

v1 #11
Mar

v1 #12
Apr

v2 #13
May
 
v2 #14
Jul
         

Manhunt Detective Story Magazine (Australia)

This edition ran for 13 monthly issues in a very attractive "comic book" size.

1953                  
v1 #1
Oct

v1 #2
Nov

v1 #3
Dec
1954
v1 #4
Jan

v1 #5
Feb

v1 #6
Mar

v1 #7
Apr

v1 #8
May

v1 #9
Jun

v1 #10
Jul

v1 #11
Aug

v1 #12
Sep

v2 #1
Oct
   

Phantom Suspense-Mystery Magazine

The second Australian reprint edition ran for at least 6 issues at some point in the 1950s (the issues were undated) under the title Phantom Suspense-Mystery Magazine. Although it reprinted stories from several US magazines, the contents were predominently from Manhunt.

195?
v1 #1

v1 #2

v1 #3

v1 #4

v1 #5

v1 #6

Verdict Detective Story Magazine

The third Australian reprint edition ran for at least 10 issues in 1955 under the title Verdict Detective Story Magazine.

1955    
v1 #1
Mar

v1 #2
Apr

v1 #3
May

v1 #4
Jun

v1 #5
Jul

v1 #6
Aug

v1 #7
Sep

v1 #8
Oct

v1 #9
v1 #10