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Illuminated Western World

Total Issues: 173

Issues & Index Sources:  1869 – 1872
Publishers:   French & Wheat
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Started as Weekly Illustrated, possibly without any fiction, but then merged with Passing Show to form Illustrated, which did publish fiction. In 1958 incorporated into John Bull.

Issues & Index Sources

  7-Jul-1934 – 25-Feb-1939, as Weekly Illustrated: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  4-Mar-1939 – 4-Oct-1958, as Illustrated: FictionMags Index (incomplete)

#merges with John Bull





Illustrated Adventure Trails

see under The Danger Trail

Illustrated American

A kind of large-format weekly news-magazine with pictures, competing with Harper's Weekly and Leslie's Weekly, occasionally ran fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  22-Feb-1890 – 1900
Prices:   25c

The Illustrated Ape

Total Issues: 30 (as at Aug-2015)

"Features 100% creative fiction, pictures, poetry, pop and never, ever, reviews."

Issues & Index Sources:  1998 – present
Publishers:   The Illustrated Ape, P.O. Box 16329, London E17 4FD

Illustrated Detective

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  1954 – ?
Publishers:   Factual Publications Inc., 471 Park Ave., New York, NY, and 171 Park Ave., New York, NY
Frequency:   bimonthly

The Illustrated Detective Magazine

Total Issues: 33+36=69

Launched in 1929, Illustrated Detective Magazine was a smooth, bright-coloured, slick-papered publication that was sold exclusively in Woolworth's and was aimed mainly at female customers. After 33 (mainly) monthly issues the title was changed to the rather more bland Mystery, as which it lasted for a further three years.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1929 – Sep-1932: Crime Fiction Index
  Oct-1932 – Sep-1935, as Mystery: Crime Fiction Index


  Tower Magazines, NY


  1933 – 1934: Hugh Weir


  Dec-1929 – Dec-1934: large format slick
  Jan-1935 – Sep-1935: even larger (10.6" x 13.5")


  Dec-1929 – Dec-1934: 138pp
  Jan-1935 – Sep-1935: 88pp




  Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Illustrated Dublin Journal

Ran much fiction, mostly anonymous, but including stories by R.D. Joyce.

Issues & Index Sources:  1861 – 1862
Publishers:   Duffy, Dublin
Formats:   quarto
Pagecounts:   12pp
Frequency:   weekly

The Illustrated Family Novelist

Total Issues: 1007

Issues & Index Sources:  1878 – 1897: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   T. H. Roberts, London
Prices:   1d
Frequency:   weekly

Illustrated Fireside Novelist

Total Issues: 5

Issues & Index Sources:  1885 – 1886
Publishers:   Robert Jackson
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Illustrated Home Guest [1871]

Total Issues: 60

Issues & Index Sources:  1871 – 1876
Publishers:   J. Latham
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Illustrated Home Guest [1892]

Reprinted Conan Doyle's A STUDY IN SCARLET in the early issues.

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1892 – Jul-1895: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Aug-1895 – ?, as Good Literature


  F. M. Lupton, New York


  11" x 16"





Illustrated Juvenile Miscellany

Becomes (or Incorporated into?): Playmate

Issues & Index Sources:  1847 – 1848
Frequency:   monthly

Illustrated Library

Total Issues: 9

Issues & Index Sources:  1888 – 1889
Publishers:   Nickel Liby Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Illustrated London News

Total Issues: 7150+

Initially founded for news and current affairs, it began to run fiction in the early 1880s, mostly serials, to rival The Graphic. Authors include Walter Besant, Hall Caine, H. Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad. Frank Leslie was one of the early engravers on ILN and took the magazine concept to the US in 1848. Circulation peaked at about 300,000 in 1860s; by 1970s was around 50,000.

An American edition was published from 1900 to 1934 at least, using a different volume numbering system and different pagination, but seems to have published the same articles that appeared in the London edition about two weeks later. For instance, a photo essay by Julian A. Dimock ("The Wild Excitement of Fising for the Saw-Fish") that appeared in the London edition on August 24, 1908, in volume 133, pp. 268-269) appeared in the New York edition on September 5, 1908, in volume. 43, pp. 372-373.

Issues & Index Sources

  14-May-1842 – 2003: Indexes to Fiction: The Illustrated London News and the Graphic (IdxILN fiction to 1901 only, FicMags sample issues only)
FictionMags Index


  1842: Joseph Clayton
  1843 – 1857: William Little
  1858 – 1883: George C. Leighton
  1884 – 1905: Ingram Brothers
  1905 – 1961: Illustrated London News & Sketch
  1961 – 1985: Thompson Organisation
  1985 – 2003: Illustrated London News Group


  1842 – 1846: F.W.N. Bayley
  1846 – 1852: John Timbs
  1852 – 1859: Charles Mackay
  1859 – 1890: John Lash
  1891 – 1900: Clement Shorter
  1900 – 1963: Bruce Ingram
  1963 – 1965: Hugh Ingram
  1965 – 1970: Tim Green
  1967 – 1970: John Kisch
  1970 – 1994: James Bishop
  1995 – 2003: Mark Palmer


  14-May-1842 – 1970: folio (14" x 10"), heavily illustrated
  1971 – 2003: tabloid (12" x 9")






  weekly; monthly from May-1971

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The Illustrated Love Magazine

Distributed only through the Woolworth's stores.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1929 – 1934?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  1935? – ?, as Serenade


  Tower Magazines, NY


  large format slick


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Illustrated Novelets

see under North•West Stories

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