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The Magnet (Library) (UK)

Country: UK
Total Issues: 1120+563=1683

Probably the best known British boys' story paper. Famous for its stories of Billy Bunter and Harry Wharton & Co. which appeared under the byline of Frank Richards; the characters were the creation of Charles Hamilton, who wrote over 1,380 of the Richards yarns, and wrote almost the entire magazine in the 1930s. Hitherto other contributors were S. Rossiter Shepherd, Edwy Searles Brooks and S.E. Austin.

The Magnet was the centrepiece of the A.P.'s Companion Papers, which also included The Gem.

Incorporated into Knock-Out Comic (comic).

Further Reading: The Magnet Companion (London, Howard Baker Press, 1971); The Concise Magnet Companion by George Beal (London, Howard Baker, 1986, expanded as The Complete Magnet Companion (Surbitan, Surrey, Quartermain Press, 1996).

Issues & Index Sources

  15-Feb-1908 – 3-Aug-1929, as The Magnet Library: Story Paper Index (StyIdx: incomplete; IdxMgn: lead stories only)
The Magnet Companion
  10-Aug-1929 – 18-May-1940, as The Magnet: Story Paper Index (StyIdx: incomplete; IdxMgn: lead stories only)
The Magnet Companion


  Amalgamated Press


  1908 – 1911: Percy Griffith
  1911 – 1916: Herbert A. Hinton
  1916 – 1919: John Nix Pentelow
  1919 – 1921: Herbert A. Hinton
  1921 – 1940: Charles M. Down
  1908 – 1911: Herbert A. Hinton [Assistant Editor]
  1911 – 1914: C.M. Down [Assistant Editor]
  1914 – 1917: G.R. Samways [Assistant Editor]
  1915 – 1917: William Pike [Assistant Editor]
  c. 1918 – 1920: Stanley Austin [Assistant Editor]
  1919 – 1921: G.R. Samways [Assistant Editor]
  c. 1921: Hedley O'Mant [Assistant Editor]
  c. 1923 – ?: Noel Wood-Smith [Assistant Editor]
  1933 – 1936: Reginald S. Taylor [Assistant Editor]


  small tabloid


  1910: 1d from #106
  1918: 1½d from #529
  Nov-1922: 2d from #770


  20pp; 16pp from #437



Magnet Library (US)

Country: US
Total Issues: 1363

Issues & Index Sources:  1897 – 1934
Publishers:   Street & Smith (New York)
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Magnet Series

Country: US
Total Issues: 15

Issues & Index Sources:  9-Apr-1892 – 16-Jul-1892: Dime Novel Bibliography (Missing: #5-#8)
Publishers:   Hurst & Company, 134 & 136 Grand St., New York
Formats:   7 1/8 x 4 3/4"
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   100 to 300pp
Frequency:   weekly
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Magnificat

Country: US

An illustrated Catholic monthly that published some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1907 – Jun-1968: FictionMags Index (partial issues only)
Publishers:   The Sisters of Mercy, Manchester, New Hampshire

The Magnolia, or Southern Apalachian

Country: US

Originally a 'parlor' magazine. Came alive under Simms who wrote much of its fiction and poetry inc. the controversial "The Loves of a Driver".

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1840 – Dec-1840, as The Southern Ladies' Book
  Jan-1841 – Jun-1842, as The Magnolia or Southern Monthly
  Jul-1842 – Jun-1843, as The Magnolia, or Southern Apalachian


  George F. Pierce & Philip C. Pendleton, Macon, GA, 1840; then Pendleton alone in Savannah, GA, 1841 and Charleston, SC, 1842/1843


  Pierce & Pendleton, 1840; Pendleton, 1841/1842; W.G. Simms, 1842/1843.



The Magpie [1911]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 28

With the slogan "Live stories for clever people", published a high level of intelligent rather than sensational fiction, without being too "literary".

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1912 – Dec-1914


  Aug-1912 – Oct-1912: Everett & Co., London
  Nov-1912 – Dec-1914: Horace Marshall


  Alderson Anderson


  Slim standard pulp


  Aug-1912 – Sep-1913: 3d
  Oct-1913 – Dec-1914: 1½d


  Aug-1912: 52pp
  Sep-1912 – Sep-1913: 64pp
  Oct-1913 – Dec-1914: 112pp


  monthly (but no issue for Nov-1914)

Mentioned in:   The Age of the Storytellers
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The Magpie [1923]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 4

A glossy mega-supplement to THE SKETCH, which carried a mixture of fiction and art and like the Christmas issues of THE SPHERE and GRAPHIC would make good fodder for the breaker & ephemerist markets.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1923 – Winter 1924: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   The Illustrated London News and Sketch Ltd.
Formats:   large size slick
Frequency:   quarterly/half-yearly

Magpie [1951]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 26

Subtitled "The complete story magazine".

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-1951 – May-1953: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   The Whitehorn Press, Phillips Park, Manchester
Formats:   digest
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   96pp - 128pp
Frequency:   monthly


Country: US


Issues & Index Sources:  in 1980s
Editors:   Jerry Kaufman & Suzanne Tompkins

Main Street

Country: US
Total Issues: 3

"A Magazine of American Opinion, Arts and Letters"

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1929 – Jul-1929: FictionMags Index (Missing: Mar-1929)
Publishers:   Magazine Publishers
Editors:   Harold and Elinor Hersey
Formats:   Bedsheet
Prices:   50c
Frequency:   bimonthly

Majestic Series

Country: US
Total Issues: 500

Issues & Index Sources:  1896: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   George Munro's Sons, 17 to 27 Vandewater St., New York
Formats:   7 3/4 x 5 1/4"
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   300pp
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Malahat Review

Country: Canada
Total Issues: 191 (to Summer 2015)

Publishes poetry and fiction by both new and established writers. Includes a regular prize for the best Novella and Long Poem. Circulation 1,200.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1967 – present
Email Address:
Publishers:   University of Victoria, P.O. Box 1700, British Columbia, V8W 2Y2, Canada (in 1998 - 2002)
Editors:   Derk Wynand; Marlene Cookshaw (in 2000 - 2002)
Formats:   review
Pagecounts:   132pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Mentioned in:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Malayan Police Magazine

Country: Malaya

Published some fiction at least as a reprint anthology of same (MATA MATA MATTERS, 1937) has been seen.

Issues & Index Sources:  1928 – ?


Country: US
Total Issues: 3 (at least)

A well-designed and printed detective and crime-adventure, published by mystery fan Malcolm Koch. The magazine was discontinued after three issues due to poor circulation - a fourth issue was prepared but apparently never published.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1954 – May-1954: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: Possible 4th issue)
Publishers:   R. Malcolm & Assoc., NY
Editors:   Ruth Maness
Formats:   digest
Prices:   35c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   bimonthly
Mentioned in:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Country: US
Total Issues: 302+

A take-off of True, featuring so-called 'true' articles or fiction thinly disguised as true. Published "The Screen Test of Mike Hammer" by Mickey Spillane, Jul. 1955.

There was also a Male Annual that ran from 1963 to 1970 at least.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jun-1950 – Mar-1981?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Jun-1951: Official Comics
  Nov-1951: Official Mag
  Jan-1958 – Sep-1968: Male Publishing Corp., 655 Madison Avenue, New York 21
  Oct-1968 – Dec-1968: Perfect Film
  Jan-1969 – Jun-1977: Magazine Management


  in 1956: K.T. Meyer
  in 1958: William A. Robbins








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Male & Femail

Country: UK

Saturday magazine of the Daily Mail newspaper which occasionally published fiction including James Herbert's "Hallowe'en's Child" in 1988.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1988
Publishers:   Mail Newspapers plc.
Formats:   A4
Prices:   free with newspaper
Frequency:   weekly

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