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New York: Republic Features Syndicate, Inc., 1957. Small octavo, two issues, all published, covers by Bob Maguire and Victor Olson, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. Spy fiction with original material. Featured a lead novel and shorter pieces. Lyle Kenyon Engel is listed as editor but the actual editorial work was by author Michael Avallone. The first issue lead novel was by John Jakes which was re-worked later as a Nick Carter paperback. The well received magazine lasted only two issues as it and it's sister magazines were done in by a strike. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 26-27.
New York: Avon Book Company (later Avon Book Company, Inc., Avon Publishing Co., Inc., and Avon Novels, Inc.), 1947-52. Small octavo 18 issues, pictorial wrappers. Digest size magazine. A complete set of the Avon Fantasy Reader which consists of 18 issues. Editor Donald Wolheim and the publisherJoseph Meyers considered these to be books rather than a magazine an anthology series and they brought to a mass audience some of the great genre fiction. The story selection came from a wide range of pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, All-Story and Argosy, Thrill Book, Astounding and Amazing as well as stories from hardcover book publications. Authors included William Hope Hodgson, Lord Dunsany, Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, M. R. James, Ambrose Bierce, A. Merritt, Algernon Blackwood, C. L. Moore, Fritz Leiber and many more. A few original stories were printed, including A. E. Van Vogt, Carl Jacobi, A. Merritt, Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard and most notably "Ylla" by Ray Bradbury, part of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. Tymm and Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Weird Fiction Magazines, p. 124-132.
New York, Marvel Comics Group, 1977-78. Octavo, 10 issues, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Marvel comics adaptation of the Star Wars saga. This is 10 of the first eleven issues. Primary artist is Howard Chaykin.
New York: Warren Publishing Co., 1974-1976. Octavo, 14 issues, pictorial wrappers. Comic magazine. The first fourteen issues of the Warren publication. Reprints of The Spirit.
Concord, N.H. Common Sense Publishing Co., Inc., 1951. Small octavo, two issues, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. Billed on the front covers "A selection of the best True Crime stories, new and old." Authors include Eleazar Lipsky, Craig Rice, Lillian de la Torre, Stuart Palmer, James Thurber and others. Published by Lawrence Spivak's Mercury Publications, these two issues are perhaps the only two published (this cataloger is unsure).
New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1960-61. Small octavo, three issues, all published, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. Pocket Books capitalized on publishing the McBain novels by entering the digest magazine world. Managing Editor Robert Goodney sought ought well known mystery writers and invited them to submit stories with their famous characters. Authors included McBain, Richard Prather (Shell Scott), Ross MacDonald (Lew Archer), Henry Kane (Peter Chambers), Fredric Brown (Ed and Am Hunter), Robert Bloch, Bruno Fischer, Hampton Stone, Lawrence Block and others. First rate material but did not get beyond the three issue. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 211-213.
West Warwick, R.I. Necronomicon Press, 1980-1999. Octavo, 40 issues in 38 volumes (19/20 & 22/23 double issues), pictorial wrappers, stapled. First edition. A run of the first 41 issues, lacking the first number. Tymn and Ashley (eds), Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, p. 830.
New York: St. John Publishing Corporation, 1954. Small octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. The first of only two issues published. Another magazine that could not find an audience as many similar short lived digests were crowded out on the newsstand rack and likely also had distributions issues. Author's include: Richard S. Prather (Shell Scott), Richard Deming, Jack Webb and others.. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 326-327.
New York: Flying Eagle Publications, Inc., 1956. Small octavo, single issue, cover by Frank Cozzarelli, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. The first of only three issues published. Contemporary crime and murder stories. From the publishers of MANHUNT, another magazine that faced stiff competition in the marketplace and could not find a foothold. Author's include: Lionel White, Jack Ritchie, Ed Hoch and others. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 335-336.
Albuquerque, NM: Silver Scarab Press, April 1976. Large octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. Well-regarded amateur journal devoted to the study of weird fiction, especially the work of H. P. Lovecraft and members of the Lovecraft circle. This issue includes Donald Sidney-Fryer's lengthy "Arthur Machen and King Arthur: Sovereigns of Dream."
Munich, Dreilander Verlag, 1919-1920 (volume 1, numbers 1-18 and volume 2, numbers 1-24). Large octavo, forty-two issues, original pictorial wrappers. Forty-two issues, comprising the first and second volumes (of three) of a historically important and aesthetically sumptuous publication devoted to the macabre, "... likely the first specialized fantasy magazine in the world" (Clute and Grant [eds], The Encyclopedia of Fantasy , p. 399). "The material here is more grotesque than arabesque, more weird than wonderful. Inevitably (but misleadingly) it is compared with the weird pulps of America that soon followed. In its selection of material, its design, its production -- even its sponsors -- DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN aimed at a more sophisticated market than the American pulps. True, it was printed on pulp paper, but it was guided by the high standards of a slick -- a weird slick, if you will -- and, in fact, a 'collector's' edition of the magazine was printed on art paper. The material, both graphic and literary, was strongly flavored -- there's no question about that -- and can be seen as part of the postwar German Expressionist movement while continuing the long tradition of European grotesque and fantastic art. The artwork strikes one as independent of or collaborative with rather than subordinate to the fiction; it strikes one as art, not just as illustration. In addition to mostly new material, the magazine reprinted some older illustrations from Beardsley, Tony Johannot, Hogarth, Dore, Holbein, etc. just as it included translations of classic weird tales and poems by de Maupassant, Poe, etc. (but fewer than in the first volume). Short reviews of phantastic literature rounded out the magazine. The twenty-four-page publication contained six or seven pages of ads -- and not from radio repair correspondence schools. One should not gather from these facts that the material was in any way polite or anemic. The whole dichotomy of pulp vs. slick, genre fiction vs. literary fiction, crude-but-strong vs. polished-but-weak is irrelevant and extraneous to this magazine. Even without a knowledge of German, one can safely describe the material as lurid and nightmarish. The magazine expresses the disillusionment and decadence of the Weimar Republic, which would rot and provide the soil for the rise of Hitler (who in turn despised the kind of modernist and decadent aesthetics found here). The magazine avoids the cartoonish style that would characterize the English-language pulps, the tendency towards the exaggerated, simplified and formulaic. In doing so, it also eliminates the infantile and comic overtones of the cartoon, which effectively take the edge off the horror. One suspects, in fact, that laying it on thick is a way of covering up the horror while pretending to do just the opposite, reassuring the reader even as you try to thrill him. DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN is a pulp for grownups. The Balkanization of fiction set in motion by the pulps has deprived fiction both inside the genre ghettoes and outside them of the vigor that results only from hybridization. If DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN had continued and flourished, if it had inspired like efforts in other countries, the course of modern literary history might have been very different. In this regard, it offers a glimpse of a parallel literary universe, a garden indeed: small and isolated but vibrant, exotic and gorgeous. The magazine was edited by Karl Hans Strobl, a writer and editor who was instrumental in the revival of weird fiction in Germany that started around the turn of the century. Curiously, two other students who attended the Technicum at Bingen, Germany with him were Otto Witt, who edited an eccentric one-man science fiction magazine in Sweden from 1916 to 1920 called HUGIN; and Hugo Gernsback, who fathered American genre science fiction a few years later." - Robert Eldridge. DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN "flourished for only three years, from 1919 till 1921. This large-format magazine (similar to the pulp 'bedsheet') must surely rank as one of the most beautiful fantasy magazines ever published ... Although two issues of DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN were devoted to detective stories, and one to erotic stories about cuckolds, it was a genuine fantasy magazine." - Rottensteiner, The Fantasy Book, pp. 82-83. Karl Hans Strobl (1877-1946) was "one of the most important of the fantasy writers of the fantasy renaissance taking place in Germany from about 1900 until 1930 ... He edited the Austrian-German magazine DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN during its three years of existence, 1919-1921, making it into a leading science fiction and fantasy magazine that published practically all the leading European writers in the genre ... During its brief life, DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN was a good and intelligent science fiction magazine ...." - Lundwall, Science Fiction: An Illustrated History, pp. 187-189. An "important, beautiful, and extremely rare fantasy magazine ... probably the first magazine of its kind in the world, and one of the finest." - Franz Rottensteiner, "German-Language Fantasy Since 1900" in Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature V, p. 2401. Tymn and Ashley (eds), Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, p. 866. Bloch (2002) 3070.
New York: Future Publications, Inc., 1953. Small octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. The first of only two issues published. Crime and mystery stories with some tough guy content. Author's include: Harold Q. Masur, Stewart Sterling, Dorothy Dunn, Michael Avallone, Day Keene, Hunt Collins, Cyril M. Kornbluth an others. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 428-429.
New York: Avon Book Company (1), Avon Detective-Mysteries, Inc. (2-9), 1945-47. Small octavo, nine issues, printed and pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. A complete run of all nine issues. Stout was Editor in Chief and wrote commentary for each issue. Mostly reprints by well known authors which include John Steinbeck, Dashiell Hammett, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Carter Dickson, Raymond Chandler, William Irish, H. P. Lovecraft, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (The Yellow Wallpaper), Cornell Woolrich, Ray Bradbury, and many more. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 451-453.
Los Angeles, CA: Suspense Magazine, Inc., 1946-47. Small octavo, three issues, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. The first magazine tie-in to the CBS radio drama series. Adaptation of the the radio scripts into magazine story format. This is three of the four issue published. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, p. 555.
New York: Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, 1953. Small octavo, cover by Clarence Doore, pictorial wrappers. Digest sized magazine. The first and only issue with fiction by John Russell, Steve Frazee, Jack London and others.
Pasadena, TX: Glenn Lord, 1961-1973. Small octavo, printed wrappers. All published. A major source for material by and about Robert E. Howard. Many Howard poems, letters and fragments of fiction are printed here for the first time. Most issues are scarce, especially the early numbers.
Chambersburg, PA (1-5) and Buffalo, NY (6-9): W. Paul Ganley, 1968-1975. Large octavo, nine issues, pictorial self wrappers, stapled. The first nine issues of the amateur magazine of fiction featuring supernatural and fantastic adventure. Includes material by Robert E. Howard, H. Warner Munn, Joseph Payne Brennan, Tim Powers, Wade Wellman,