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The Bertha Clay Library

Total Issues: 512

"This line is devoted to the works of the popular Bertha M. Clay and other writers of the same school. Many of the titles listed herein are copyrighted and cannot be found in any other edition. This author has successfully demonstrated her ability to write high-class love stories which charm the reader, from the moment the book is opened until the last line is read. Her style is particularly her own. She has the happy faculty of making the reader feel that he is interested, personally in the welfare and ultimate success of the principal charactrs."

Issues & Index Sources:  16-Jun-1900 – Jan-1917: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Street & Smith, 79-89 Seventh Avenue, New York
Formats:   7 x 5"
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   200-300pp
Frequency:   1-117 semi-weekly; 118-141 bi-weekly; 142-237 weekly; 238-270 monthly; 271-512 bi-monthly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Bertha M. Clay Books

Total Issues: 10

"The best works of this popular author, each one being a love story of unparalleled interest. By her magic pen we are carried through the intricate maze of thrilling and romantic scenes until the plot of hate against love, of injustice against justice, and all the trials and tribulations of the hero and heroine are neded, when we lay the story aside with regret."

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1919: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 57 Rose Street, New York
Prices:   35c
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Best

Women's magazine which publishes some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  1987 – ?
Publishers:   London
Editors:   Julie Akhurst (in 1998)
Frequency:   weekly

Best Budget

Total Issues: 12

Incorporated into Larks (comic).

Issues & Index Sources:  15-Mar-1902 – 31-May-1902
Publishers:   Trapps Holmes
Formats:   tabloid
Pagecounts:   8pp
Frequency:   weekly

Best Detective

Total Issues: 1

Seemingly a one-shot pulp. Not to be confused with the long-running Best Detective Magazine from the 1930s.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1947: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: all except Dec-1947)
Pulp Magazine Index 1
Publishers:   Exclusive Detective Stories, Inc.
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   132pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Best Detective Cases

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  1948 – ?
Publishers:   Universal Crime Stories Inc., 366 Madison Ave., New York, NY
Frequency:   quarterly

Best Detective Cases (Canada)

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s
Publishers:   Golden Books of America

Best Detective Magazine

Total Issues: 95+24+26=145

As Best Detective Magazine it was predominantly reprint, but when relaunched as Crime Busters it featured "all new stories" mainly with series characters such as "The Gadget Man" and "The Death Angel".

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1929 – Sep-1937: Crime Fiction Index
  Nov-1937 – Oct-1939, as Crime Busters: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Nov-1939 – May-1943, as Street & Smith's Mystery Magazine: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1

Publishers

  Street & Smith Publications, Inc., 79 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

Editors

  Nov-1929 – Sep-1937: Frank E. Blackwell
  Nov-1937 – May-1943: John L. Nanovic

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Nov-1929 – Aug-1935: 25c
  Sep-1935 – May-1943: 10c (rose to 15c in 1940)

Pagecounts

  Nov-1929 – Aug-1935: 160pp
  Sep-1935 – May-1943: 128pp

Frequency

  monthly to Jul-1940; then bimonthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Best Detective Magazine (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of Best Detective Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1935: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Best Football Novels

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1942: Sports Fiction Index
Publishers:   Standard Magazines, NY
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Best for Boys

Total Issues: 27

Issues & Index Sources

  29-Mar-1890 – 20-Sep-1890

#becomes Best for Boys Ching-Ching's Own

Publishers

  Lucas

Frequency

  weekly

Best for Boys Ching-Ching's Own

Total Issues: 83

Issues & Index Sources

  27-Sep-1890 – 23-Apr-1892

#becomes Best for Merry Boys

Publishers

  Best for Boys Co.

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

Best for Boys Library

Issues & Index Sources:  1890 – 1892
Publishers:   Best for Boys Co.

Best for Men

Total Issues: 89?

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1961 – Mar-1980: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
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Best for Merry Boys

Total Issues: 59

Issues & Index Sources

  30-Apr-1892 – 17-Jun-1893

#becomes Bits for Boys

Publishers

  Best for Boys Co.

Formats

  tabloid

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

Best Love Magazine

Total Issues: 1+3=4

AHGTTP list four futher issues in 1949/1950, but these are actually issues of a comic book (#33-#36) which succeeded Sub-Mariner in 1949.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1936
  Jan-1943 – Jul-1943

Publishers

  Dec-1936: Western Fiction Publishing
  Jan-1943 – Jul-1943: Western Fiction Publishing

Formats

  standard pulp

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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