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The Popular Magazine

Total Issues: 612

First three issues purported to be a boys' magazine but rapidly converted to a men's fiction pulp from Feb-1904. Success came with Haggard's "Ayesha" (1905); also published C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne, Morgan Robertson, H.G. Wells, Rafael Sabatini, Zane Grey; it carved a niche as a middle-of-the-road family magazine. See also possible brief revival under Hardboiled.

Initially The Popular Magazine dated its issues, in common with most other magazines, by the date it should be taken "off" sale - thus an issue might be dated "First July Number" and go on sale on June 7th. In late 1914, however, the policy changed to date the issue by the date it was offered for sale, thus producing 26 issues dated 1914, although only 24 were actually published therein.

Just to make life even more confusing, in late 1928 the policy was switch back - initially with both "First November Number" and "Oct. 7" appearing on the cover, with the latter gradually changing to "On Sale xxx" before being phased out completely - which is why there appear to be no October issues in 1928.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1903, as The Popular Magazine for Boys and "Old Boys": General Fiction Index
  Dec-1903 – Sep-1927, as The Popular Magazine: General Fiction Index
  24-Sep-1927 – 31-Dec-1927, as The Popular Stories: General Fiction Index
  7-Jan-1928 – Oct-1928, as The Popular: General Fiction Index
  20-Oct-1928 – Oct-1931, as The Popular Magazine: General Fiction Index

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Publishers

  Street & Smith Publications, Inc.

Editors

  Nov-1903 – 1904: Henry Harrison Lewis
  1904 – 1928?: Charles Agnew MacLean

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Nov-1903 – Nov-1906: 10c
  Dec-1906 – 1916: 15c
  1916 – Oct-1931: 20c

Pagecounts

  Nov-1903 – Nov-1906: 194pp (first 3 issues 96pp)
  Dec-1906 – 1916: 224pp
  1916 – Oct-1931: 208pp

Frequency

  Nov-1903 – Sep-1909: monthly
  Oct-1909 – Sep-1927: twice-monthly
  24-Sep-1927 - 1-Jul-1928 (weekly)
  7-Jul-1928 - Jan-1931 (twice-monthly)
  Feb-1931 – Oct-1931: monthly

Related Sites

  The Pulp Magazines Project
  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Popular Novels

Total Issues: 77

Issues & Index Sources:  1900 – 1910: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Max Stein & Co., 508 S. State St., Chicago
Prices:   15c
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Popular Romances

see under Thrilling Confessions

Popular Schoolgirls' Stories

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Publishers:   Anglo-American Magazine Co.
Pagecounts:   52pp

Popular Science Fiction

Total Issues: 6+2=8

Mostly reprints from US magazines.

Issues & Index Sources

  #1, 1953 – #6, 1955: Science Fiction Index
  #2, 1965 – #2, 1965: Science Fiction Index

Publishers

  Blue Diamond, Sydney, Australia

Editors

  Ronald Forster

Formats

  digest

Prices

  1/6d

Pagecounts

  64pp

Frequency

  thrice yearly

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Popular Screen

Mentioned in Henry Steeger's article in Pulp Era #67.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1934 – ?
Publishers:   Popular Publications

Popular Series

Total Issues: 125

Issues & Index Sources:  1891 – 1897: Dime Novel Bibliography (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Bonner
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Popular Series of Choice Novels [1892]

Total Issues: 100

Issues & Index Sources:  1892 – 1894
Publishers:   Crawford
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Popular Series of Choice Novels [1900]

Total Issues: 68

Issues & Index Sources:  1900 – 1910
Publishers:   Royal
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Popular Series of Choice Novels [1900]

Total Issues: 52

Issues & Index Sources:  1900 – 1910
Publishers:   Royal
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Popular Series of Choice Novels [1910]

Total Issues: 75

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1920
Publishers:   Ottenheimer
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Popular Series of Fiction Fancy and Fact

Total Issues: 17

Issues & Index Sources:  1900 – 1910
Publishers:   Ivers
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Popular Sports Magazine

Total Issues: 63

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1937 – Spring 1951: Sports Fiction Index
Publishers:   Better Publications (Standard Magazines)
Formats:   standard pulp
Frequency:   bimonthly, later quarterly but gaps in 1945/1946
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Sports in the Pulp Magazines
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Popular Sports Magazine (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of Sports Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s: Sports Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
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Popular Western

Total Issues: 133

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1934 – Nov-1953: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Feb-1936; May-1936; Jul-1936; Aug-1936; Jan-1942; May-1942; Mar-1943; Mar-1953)
Publishers:   Better Publications (Standard Magazines)
Editors:   David X. Manners (in 1952/53)
Formats:   standard pulp
Frequency:   briefly monthly; mostly bimonthly; quarterly during late war years
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Popular Western (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of Popular Western.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s: Western Fiction Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Better/Thrilling Publications, Canada
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Popular Western (UK) [1946]

Total Issues: 1?

British reprint edition of Popular Western.

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1946: Western Fiction Index
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