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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



Sources:   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

Related Sites

  Spartacus Educational

Sources:   The Age of the Storytellers
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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

The Illustrated Penny Novelist

Ran a serial on Captain Blood and the Crown Jewels.

Issues & Index Sources:  1844 (4 vols)
Formats:   octavo

Illustrated Publishing Co.'s Popular Series

Total Issues: 12

Issues & Index Sources:  1886 – 1887
Publishers:   Illustrating Pub. Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News

Carried a serial and a story or two per issue. Had special Christmas supplement called Holly Leaves which published several stories including Bram Stoker's "The Squaw" (2-Dec-1893) and "Crooken Sands" (1-Dec-1894)

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1890: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Formats:   tabloid
Frequency:   weekly

The Illustrated Sporting News

Serialised "The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis starting 23-Apr-1904.

Issues & Index Sources:  1903 – 1905
Publishers:   7 West 22d Street, New York
Formats:   tabloid
Prices:   10c
Frequency:   weekly

The Illustrated Sporting New Yorker

see under The New Sensation

Illustrated Sunday Magazine

One of the four Sunday Magazine Supplements published during the period 1902 to 1920 (roughly) the Illustrated Sunday Magazine appeared in The Boston Sunday Herald, The Buffalo Sunday Times, The Cleveland Leader, The Detroit Free Press, The Louisville Courier-Journal, The Milwaukee Sunday Sentinel, The Minneapolis Tribune, The New Orleans Daily Picayune (and later, Times Democrat), The Philadelphia Record, The Pittsburgh Gazette Times, The Providence Sunday Tribune, The Rochester Democrat, The Washington Post, and The Worcester Sunday Telegram.

Although the covers of the magazines were typically simply called The Sunday Magazine of the xxxx for each newspaper concerned, this syndicate can sometimes be identified because the masthead carries a small box including the word "Illustrated". In others, the magazine must be recognized instead by the distinctive typography of the masthead, in which (for example) the middle stroke of the S in Sunday is composed of two shaded bars interrupted by white space.

It published a considerable amount of original fiction and in 1915 it also ran reprints of "the best" 21 short stories from other American magazines of the preceding year, as selected by Edward J. O'Brien -- a succesful experiment that led to the founding of the long-running hardcover best-of-the-year anthology series edited by O'Brien.

Issues & Index Sources:  1906 – ?
Publishers:   Illustrated Sunday Magazine, 200 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Editors:   1914 – 1915: Hiram M. Greene
Frequency:   weekly
Related Sites:   Enchantmenk Ink

Illustrated Weekly

Total Issues: 43

Issues & Index Sources:  1875
Publishers:   Charles Clucas
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

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