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True Story

The first of the so-called "confessions" magazines, hugely successful and a trail-blazer in its own downmarket way. Stories were purportedly true and many are anecdotal experiences; but by the mid-1920s many more had become staff-written or were professional submissions. Most were by Macfadden's stable of writers, e.g. Fulton Oursler, Lyon Mearson.

Issues & Index Sources

  May-1919 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

Publishers

  Bernarr Macfadden

Editors

  1919 – 1926: John Brennan
  1926 – 1942: Willian Jordan Rapp

Formats

  bedsheet on quality paper

Frequency

  monthly
 

True Story Magazine

UK edition of the US magazine but with some British material; stories uncredited.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1922 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Hutchinson's (The Argus Press in 1949)
Formats:   standard (better quality paper with photos)
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   160pp (48pp in 1949)
Frequency:   monthly

True Story Series

Total Issues: 6

Issues & Index Sources:  1923
Publishers:   McFadden
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

True Strange Stories [1929]

Total Issues: 8

The November issue says Strange Stories on the cover but says True Strange Stories on the spine and contents page.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1929 – Nov-1929: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   True Strange Stories Publishing Co., Inc. (Macfadden)
Editors:   Walter Gibson, though identified at Webster Scofield
Formats:   large format
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   96pp
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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True Strange (Stories) [1956]

Total Issues: 7

True Strange may be a revival of True Weird. They share the same publisher and followed one upon another. True Strange also reprinted material from True Weird. True Strange was a large magazine subtitled "incredible...weird... and factual." There were a total of seven issues with one short story in four of the issues.

Other authors with material that may be of interest are: Arthur J. Burks (5-6/57); M.E. Counselman (10/56, 3/57, 10/57, 2/58); Jules De Grandon (3/57); Theophile Gautier (3/57); R. DeWitt Miller (8/57).

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1956 – Feb-1958: Science Fiction Index

Publishers

  Weider Periodicals Inc., 16 Hopkins Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey

Editors

  Oct-1956 – Oct-1957: William R. Shelton
  Dec-1957 – Feb-1958: Allen Camelli

Sources

  Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, It's a Man's World
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True Supernatural Stories

Total Issues: 1

This magazine was assembled for trademark purposes and was never offered for sale to the general public.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1934: Science Fiction Index
Formats:   bedsheet
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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True Thrills

Total Issues: 4

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  1941 – 1942
Publishers:   Country Press Inc., 1100 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY, and Broadway and 11th, Louisville, KY

True Twilight Tales

Total Issues: 2

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1963 – #2, 1964: Science Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
Publishers:   League Publications, Inc., New York.
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True War [1956]

Total Issues: 11

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1956 – Jul-1958
Publishers:   Magnum Magazines
Sources:   It's a Man's World
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True War [1975]

Total Issues: 23+

Possibly non-fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1975? – Mar-1981?
Publishers:   Countrywide Pubs.
Sources:   It's a Man's World
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True War Stories

Total Issues: 2

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan/Feb-1953 – Apr/May-1953
Publishers:   Westridge Publishing Corp.
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True Weird

Total Issues: 3

True Weird was a large magazine subtitled "strange... fantastic... true!". The magazine contained no fiction. It dealt with sensationalized accounts of myths legends and stories. Topics such as Lincoln's ghost, Count St. Germain (4000 year old man), levitation, the Holland tulip mania of 1635 and various vampires, witches and werewolves. The magazine would not be of interest to most collectors.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1955 – May-1956: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Weider Periodicals Inc., 16 Hopkins Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey
Editors:   Howard Booth
Formats:   bedsheet
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, It's a Man's World

True West

Issues & Index Sources:  1953 – present
Website:   www.truewestmagazine.com
Sources:   It's a Man's World

True Western Adventures

Copy of #1 seen for 1957.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1957 – ?
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western

True Western and Far West

Spurious reading of entry for True Western Stories listed in DinWest

True Western Stories

Total Issues: 13+4+23+28+7+9=84

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1925 – Aug-1926: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Aug-1925)
  Sep-1926 – Dec-1926, as Far West Illustrated Magazine: Western Fiction Index
  Jan-1927 – Nov-1928, as Far West Illustrated: Western Fiction Index
  Dec-1928 – Mar-1931, as Far West Stories: Western Fiction Index
  Apr-1931 – Oct-1931, as Street & Smith's Far West Stories: Western Fiction Index
  Nov-1931 – Jul-1932, as Street & Smith's Far West Romances: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Nov-1931)

Publishers

  Street & Smith Publications, Inc.

Formats

  standard pulp

Frequency

  monthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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True Woman's Adventures

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1956
Publishers:   148 Publishing Corp, 147 East 50th Street, New York 22
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