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Famous Fantastic Mysteries/Fantastic Novels

Famous Fantastic Mysteries was a fantasy fiction magazine offering reprints of scientific and fantastic classics from earlier decades. It ran from 1939 to 1953 for a total of 81 issues.

Published by the Frank A. Munsey Company, the publication began with an issue cover-dated September-October 1939, initially priced at 15 cents and edited by Mary Gnaedinger. With the first issue featuring A. Merritt's The Moon Pool and Ray Cummings' The Girl in the Golden Atom, the first issue was a success, and the schedule then went from bi-monthly to monthly. Virgil Finlay was the magazine's leading illustrator.

A Canadian reprint edition was published during the 1950s.

Confronted with numerous requests for reprints, Gnaedinger launched a spinoff magazine, Fantastic Novels, in June 1940. It also had a Canadian reprint edition in the 1950s and a British reprint edition for 2 issues in 1950.

1939                
v1 #1
Sep
 
v1 #2
Nov

v1 #3
Dec
1940
v1 #4
Jan

v1 #5
Feb

v1 #6
Mar

v2 #1
Apr

v2 #2
May
   
v2 #3
Aug
 
v2 #4
Oct
 
v2 #5
Dec
1941  
v2 #6
Feb
 
v3 #1
Apr
 
v3 #2
Jun
 
v3 #3
Aug
 
v3 #4
Oct
 
v3 #5
Dec
1942  
v3 #6
Feb
 
v4 #1
Apr
 
v4 #2
Jun

v4 #3
Jul

v4 #4
Aug

v4 #5
Sep

v4 #6
Oct

v5 #1
Nov

v5 #2
Dec
1943    
v5 #3
Mar
         
v5 #4
Sep
   
v5 #5
Dec
1944    
v5 #6
Mar
   
v6 #1
Jun
   
v6 #2
Sep
   
v6 #3
Dec
1945    
v6 #4
Mar
   
v6 #5
Jun
   
v6 #6
Sep
   
v7 #1
Dec
1946  
v7 #2
Feb
 
v7 #3
Apr
 
v7 #4
Jun
 
v7 #5
Aug
 
v8 #1
Oct
 
v8 #2
Dec
1947  
v8 #3
Feb
 
v8 #4
Apr
 
v8 #5
Jun
 
v8 #6
Aug
 
v9 #1
Oct
 
v9 #2
Dec
1948  
v9 #3
Feb
 
v9 #4
Apr
 
v9 #5
Jun
 
v9 #6
Aug
 
v10 #1
Oct
 
v10 #2
Dec
1949  
v10 #3
Feb
 
v10 #4
Apr
 
v10 #5
Jun
 
v10 #6
Aug
 
v11 #1
Oct
 
v11 #2
Dec
1950  
v11 #3
Feb
 
v11 #4
Apr
 
v11 #5
Jun
 
v11 #6
Aug
 
v12 #1
Oct
   
1951
v12 #2
Jan
 
v12 #3
Mar
 
v12 #4
May
 
v12 #5
Jul
   
v12 #6
Oct
 
v13 #1
Dec
1952  
v13 #2
Feb
 
v13 #3
Apr
 
v13 #4
Jun
 
v13 #5
Aug
 
v13 #6
Oct
 
v14 #1
Dec
1953  
v14 #2
Feb
 
v14 #3
Apr
 
v14 #4
Jun
           

Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Canada)

1948   v9 #3
Feb
  v9 #4
Apr
  v9 #5
Jun
  v9 #6
Aug
  v10 #1
Oct
  v10 #2
Dec
1949   v10 #3
Feb
  v10 #4
Apr
 
v10 #5
Jun
  v10 #6
Aug
 
v11 #1
Oct
  v11 #2
Dec
1950  
v11 #3
Feb
 
v11 #4
Apr
 
v11 #5
Jun
  v11 #6
Aug
  v12 #1
Oct
   
1951 v12 #2
Jan
  v12 #3
Mar
  v12 #4
May
  v12 #5
Jul
    v12 #6
Oct
  v13 #1
Dec
1952   v13 #2
Feb
 
v13 #3
Apr
 
v13 #4
Jun
  v13 #5
Aug
       

Fantastic Novels

1940            
v1 #1
Jul
 
v1 #2
Sep
 
v1 #3
Nov
 
1941
v1 #4
Jan
   
v1 #5
Apr
               
1948    
v1 #6
Mar
 
v2 #1
May
 
v2 #2
Jul
 
v2 #3
Sep
 
v2 #4
Nov
 
1949
v2 #5
Jan
 
v2 #6
Mar
 
v3 #1
May
 
v3 #2
Jul
 
v3 #3
Sep
 
v3 #4
Nov
 
1950
v3 #5
Jan
 
v3 #6
Mar
 
v4 #1
May
 
v4 #2
Jul
 
v4 #3
Sep
 
v4 #4
Nov
 
1951
v4 #5
Jan
   
v4 #6
Apr
 
v5 #1
Jun
           

Fantastic Novels (Canada)

1948                
v2 #3
Sep
 
v2 #4
Nov
 
1949 v2 #5
Jan
  v2 #6
Mar
  v3 #1
May
  v3 #2
Jul
  v3 #3
Sep
 
v3 #4
Nov
 
1950 v3 #5
Jan
 
v3 #6
Mar
  v4 #1
May
  v4 #2
Jul
  v4 #3
Sep
 
v4 #4Nov
 
1951
v4 #5
Jan
    v4 #6
Apr
 
v5 #1
Jun
           

Fantastic Novels (UK)

There were two undated issues in 1950 or thereabouts. One is unnumbered and is a full reprint of the November 1949 (US) issue, while the other is numbered as #1 and is a partial reprint of the May 1949 (US) issue. The first is thought to have appeared first but doesn't list a publisher, although it carries a Thorpe & Porter advert on the back, while the second gives the publisher as "Pembertons (of Manchester)".

1950?