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Top-Notch Detective

Total Issues: 3

Little is known about this magazine which promised "12 Smashing Murder Stories" in each issue. It began with vol.2 no.5 and so presumably replaced an earlier title, but it is not known what.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1938 – Mar-1939: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Western Fiction (Martin Goodman)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Top-Notch Magazine

Total Issues: 602

Began as a magazine for teenagers and even as a pulp concentrated mostly on sports stories, switched to a men's adventure magazine in the 1930s; published Jack London, F. Britten Austin, William Wallace Cook, Bertram Atkey, Johnston McCulley in early days; later H. Bedford-Jones, Antony M. Rud.

Larry Estep comments:

"Volume 1 has 7 issues. These were the dime novels. The pulp began with v2 n1 (October, 1910).

From May, 1914 through December, 1914 there were three issues per month. In January, 1915 there was only one issue, dated January 15, 1915. Beginning with February, 1915 they went back to two issues per month.

A very strange thing happens in September, 1914. Instead of three issues, there are actually SIX issues. After publishing three issues dated September 10th, 20th, and 30th, Street & Smith published an additional three issues with the same dates! They effectively inserted an extra month into the year.

The strangeness from this time from was not over with. Volume 24 contained only 5 issues rather than the standard 6. The December 15, 1915 issue was v24 n5. My best guess here is that the missing issue in January threw off their volume numbering and someone at Street & Smith wanted to start the new year with a number 1 issue.

Street & Smith did another strange thing in 1920. There was only one issue each for February and March. They were dated "February 1st & 15th" and "March 1st & 15th", respectively. These were not double issues like we sometimes see today. They just had two dates on them. The AH guide shows two issues in February, 1920, but this is incorrect.

The magazine was mistakenly cancelled following the 2nd issue of September 1928. The mistake was quickly overturned by the owner of Street & Smith who maintained this was one of his favorite titles. The title resumed publication with the 1st November 1928 issue.

The last issue of Top-Notch is the September-October, 1937 issue. It is v101 n2. With an average of 6 issues per volume, this comes out to 602 issues."

However, Monte Herridge has determined that there were actually four issues in May 1914.

Issues & Index Sources

  1-Mar-1910 – 15-Dec-1910: Adventure Fiction Index
  1-Jan-1911 – 15-Sep-1912, as Top-Notch: Adventure Fiction Index
  1-Oct-1912 – 1-Apr-1931, as Top-Notch Magazine: Adventure Fiction Index
  15-Apr-1931 – 1-Aug-1932, as Street & Smith's Top-Notch Magazine: Adventure Fiction Index
  15-Aug-1932 – Mar-1933, as Street & Smith's Top-Notch: Adventure Fiction Index
  Apr-1933 – Sep/Oct-1937, as Top-Notch: Adventure Fiction Index

Publishers

  Street & Smith Publications, Inc.

Editors

  Burt L. Standish (Gilbert Patten) (first 4 issues)
  Henry Wilton Thomas
  Apr-1930? J.I. Lawrence
  Nov-1931? – Feb-1933?: Ronald Oliphant
  Oct-1933 – Sep/Oct-1937: F. Orlin Tremaine

Formats

  1-Mar-1910 – Oct-1910: "nickel library" format
  Nov-1910 – Sep/Oct-1937: standard pulp

Prices

  1-Mar-1910 – Oct-1910: 5c
  Nov-1910 – ?: 10c
  1917 – 1934: 10c (briefly 20c in 1921)
  1936 – Sep/Oct-1937: 10c

Pagecounts

  1-Mar-1910 – Oct-1910: 36pp
  Nov-1910 – Sep/Oct-1937: 192pp

Frequency

  twice-monthly, shifted to thrice-monthly in 1913; monthly in 1930s

Related Sites

  The Pulp Magazines Project

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Top-Notch Magazine (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of Top-Notch Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
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Top-Notch Western

Total Issues: 5?

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1938? – Dec-1939?: Western Fiction Index
Publishers:   Western Fiction (Martin Goodman)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Topper

"This magazine was a mixed bag of trendy early 60s action, and included fiction by Dave Gregg, Guido Maria Lion, and Don Rowell."

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1961 – Jun-1980?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Peerless Publishing Company, Suite 206, 8511 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 28, CA
Editors:   David Zentner
Prices:   50c
Pagecounts:   74pp
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Tops

Subtitled "The Entertaining Magazine for Men".

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s
Publishers:   J.B. Publishing Co, New York

Tops in Science Fiction

Total Issues: 2

Reprint magazine selecting from Planet Stories.

Issues & Index Sources

  Spring 1953 – Fall 1953: Science Fiction Index

Publishers

  Love Romances, Inc division of Fiction House

Editors

  Spring 1953: Jack O'Sullivan
  Fall 1953: Malcolm Reiss

Formats

  Spring 1953: pulp
  Fall 1953: digest

Prices

  Spring 1953: 25c
  Fall 1953: 35c

Pagecounts

  128pp

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Tops in Science Fiction (UK)

Total Issues: 3

British reprint edition of Tops in Science Fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  1954 – 1956: Science Fiction Index
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Tops in Westerns

Total Issues: 7?

Rebound unsold issues of Ranch Romances.

Issues & Index Sources:  1940 – 1946?: Western Fiction Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Warner Publications, Inc.
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
 
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Tops in Western Stories

Total Issues: 2

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1953 – Fall 1953: Western Fiction Index
Publishers:   Flying Stories
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Top Stories

Emphasis on fiction. Often publishes the work of one author per issue. Circulation 1,500.

Issues & Index Sources:  1979 – 1991
Publishers:   Anne Turyn, New York, NY
Editors:   Anne Turyn
Formats:   digest chapbook
Prices:   $3
Frequency:   thrice yearly

Top Western

Incorrect listing in DinWest for Top Western Fiction Annual

Top Western Fiction Annual

Total Issues: 9

Issues & Index Sources:  1950 – 1958: Western Fiction Index
Publishers:   Standard Magazines
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Top Western Stories

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  1964: Western Fiction Index
Publishers:   Popular Library, Inc.
Editors:   Jim Hendryx, Jr.
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   50c
Pagecounts:   100pp
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Top Western Magazine (UK)

Total Issues: 1?

Mentioned in first issue of All Detective (UK).

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1955: Western Fiction Index
Publishers:   Pemberton's (of Manchester) Ltd.
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Tor.com

Online SF magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  20-Jul-2008 – present: Science Fiction Index (Missing any after 19-Sep-2018)
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Website:   www.tor.com/category/all-fiction/

The Toronto Star Weekly

see under Man About Town (UK)

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