History of US science fiction and fantasy magazines to 1950 | list of magazines

List of magazines

This table provides the following information:[176]

  • Title. The title that the magazine is usually indexed under. Many magazines changed their title multiple times.
  • First and last issue. The year of the first and last issues. If the magazine is still being published, the last issue field is blank.
  • Publisher. The name of the publisher(s). Some publishers used multiple imprints; to make it easier to see which magazines were controlled by which individuals or groups, the main person or company behind each publisher is noted where it is not obvious.
  • # issues. The number of issues through the end of 1950. If the magazine continued to publish after 1950, the notes column gives the total number of issues.
  • New or reprint? Indicates whether the magazine was primarily intended to print new fiction, or reprints. In some cases a magazine printed both, or the focus changed over time; in these cases the table lists whichever was dominant.
  • Notes. Among other things, this column notes if a magazine was published in two separate runs.
Title First issue Last issue Publisher # issues New or reprint? Notes
The Thrill Book 1919 1919 Street & Smith 16 New
Weird Tales 1923 2014 Rural, Popular Fiction, Weird Tales (Short Stories) 256 New 23 more issues appeared between 1951 and 1954, and 83 further issues between 1973 and 2014. Popular Fiction should not be confused with Popular Publications.
Amazing Stories 1926 2014 Experimenter (Gernsback), Radio-Science, Teck, Ziff-Davis 257 New Also 355 issues between 1951 and 2014.
Amazing Stories Annual 1927 1927 Experimenter (Gernsback) 1 New
Tales of Magic and Mystery 1927 1928 Personal Arts 5 New
Ghost Stories 1928 1932 Constructive, Good Story (Hersey) 65 New
Amazing Stories Quarterly 1928 1934 Experimenter (Gernsback), Irving Trust, Radio-Science, Teck 22 New An additional 27 issues from 1940–1949 were not a separate magazine; they were rebound copies of Amazing Stories.
Air Wonder Stories 1929 1930 Stellar (Gernsback) 11 New
Science Wonder Stories 1929 1930 Stellar (Gernsback) 12 New
Wonder Stories Quarterly 1929 1933 Stellar (Gernsback) 14 Reprint
Astounding Stories 1930 Clayton, Street & Smith, Condé Nast, Davis, Dell, Crosstown 241 New 775 subsequent issues as of November 2016. In digest format from the November 1943 issue onwards.
Scientific Detective Monthly 1930 1931 Techni-Craft (Gernsback), Fiction Publishers 15 New Fiction Publishers should not be confused with Fiction House.
Wonder Stories 1930 1936 Stellar, Continental (both Gernsback) 66 New
Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories 1931 1931 Good Story (Hersey) 2 New
Strange Tales 1931 2007 Clayton 7 New Also three issues 2003–2007.
Doctor Death 1935 1935 Dell 3 New
Thrilling Wonder Stories 1936 1954 Beacon, Better, Standard (all Standard) 89 New A continuation of Wonder Stories. 22 more issues appeared after 1950.
The Witch's Tales 1936 1936 Carwood 2 Reprint
Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine 1936 1936 C.J.H. (Hersey) 1 New
Marvel Science Stories 1938 1952 Postal, Western (both Goodman) 10 New Two runs, 1938–41 and 1950–52; five of the latter issues appeared after 1950.
Startling Stories 1939 1955 Better (Standard), Standard 65 New Also 34 issues between 1951 and 1955.
Dynamic Science Stories 1939 1939 Western (Goodman) 2 New
Strange Stories 1939 1941 Better (Standard) 13 New
Unknown 1939 1943 Street & Smith 39 New
Science Fiction Stories 1939 1960 Blue Ribbon Magazines, Double Action Magazines, Columbia Publications (all Silberkleit) 12 New Two runs, 1939–1941 and 38 issues 1953–1960.
Fantastic Adventures 1939 1953 Ziff-Davis 101 New Also 27 issues 1951–1953. Starting in Winter 1941, Ziff-Davis issued Fantastic Adventures Quarterly; this was not a separate magazine. Instead these were rebound unsold issues of Fantastic Adventures. There were eight of these issues between Winter 1941 and Fall 1943, and another 11 from Summer 1948 to Spring 1951.
Famous Fantastic Mysteries 1939 1953 Munsey, Popular Publications 66 Reprint Also 15 issues 1951–1953.
Future Science Fiction 1939 1960 Blue Ribbon, Double Action, Columbia (all Silberkleit) 21 New Two runs, 1939–43 and 1950–60; 44 of the latter issues appeared after 1950.
Planet Stories 1939 1955 Love Romances (Fiction House) 45 New Also 26 issues 1951–1955.
Captain Future 1940 1944 Standard 17 New
Astonishing Stories 1940 1943 Fictioneers (Popular Publications) 16 New
Super Science Stories 1940 1951 Fictioneers (Popular Publications), Popular Publications 27 New Two runs, 1940–43 and 1949–51; four of the latter issues appeared after 1950.
Science Fiction Quarterly 1940 1958 Double Action, Columbia (both Silberkleit) 10 New Two runs, 1940–43 and 28 issues between 1951 and 1958.
Fantastic Novels 1940 1951 Munsey, Popular Publications 25 Reprint Two runs, 1940–41 and 1948–51; three of the latter issues appeared after 1950.
Comet 1940 1941 H-K (Hersey) 5 New
Stirring Science Stories 1941 1942 Albing, Manhattan Fiction 4 New
Cosmic Stories 1941 1941 Albing 3 New
Uncanny Stories 1941 1941 Manvis (Goodman) 1 New
Fantasy Book 1947 1951 Fantasy Publishing 7 New One more issue appeared in 1951.
A. Merritt's Fantasy Magazine 1949 1950 Popular Publications 5 Reprint
Other Worlds 1949 1957 Clark Publishing (Palmer) 8 New Another 37 issues appeared after 1950.
Captain Zero 1949 1950 Recreational Reading (Popular Publications) 3 New
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 1949 Fantasy House, Mercury Press, Spilogale 5 New 723 subsequent issues as of December 2016.
Fantastic Story Quarterly 1950 1955 Best (Standard) 3 Reprint 20 issues appeared after 1950.
1950 1950 Curtis Mitchell 2 New
Out of This World Adventures 1950 1950 Avon 2 New
Wonder Story Annual 1950 1953 Better, Best (both Standard) 4 Reprint Three issues appeared after 1950.
Imagination 1950 1958 Clark Publishing (Palmer), Greenleaf Publishing (Hamling) 2 New 61 issues appeared after 1950.
Galaxy Science Fiction 1950 1980 World Editions, Galaxy Publishing, UPD 3 New 252 issues appeared after 1950. Six further issues appeared from a semi-professional publisher in 1994 and 1995.
Worlds Beyond 1950 1951 Hillman Publications 1 New Two more issues appeared in 1951.
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