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Navy/Submarine Stories

Although a fairly minor pair of war story pulps, the saga of Navy Stories and Submarine Stories is one of the most bizarre in the history of pulp magazines.

It all starts in February 1929 when Dell Publishing launch a new pulp called Navy Stories, issued monthly at a price of 20c for 128 pages, and edited by Eugene A. Clancy. After three issues, this is "joined" by a slimline sister magazine called Submarine Stories, also edited by Clancy - which contained only 64 pages and sold for 10c. This experiment didn't appear to be a success as, AFAIK, no second issue ever appeared.

Meanwhile, Navy Stories continued on a monthly basis until #8 in September 1929. Then something rather strange happened. Nothing appeared in October, and in November an issue of Submarine Stories appeared continuing the numbering of Navy Stories. Then there was nothing until March 1930 when another issue of Submarine Stories appeared also continuing the numbering.

So far so good, except that now Dell decided to revive Navy Stories and ran it in alternating months with Submarine Stories. However, rather than continuing the numbering between the two magazines, the consecutive numbering continued ONLY in Submarine Stories, with Navy Stories reverting to #1 (even though it was the numbering of Navy Stories that had been usurped by Submarine Stories).

Thus, the issues ran as follows:

1929
v1 #1
Feb
Navy
v1 #2
Mar

v1 #3
Apr

v1 #1
Apr

Navy
v2 #4
May

v2 #5
Jun

v2 #6
Jul
Navy
v3 #7
Aug
Navy
v3 #8
Sep
 
v3 #9
Nov
 
1930    
v4 #10
Mar
Navy
v1 #1
Apr

Submarine
v4 #11
May

v1 #2
Jun

v4 #12
Jul
Navy
v1 #3
Aug

v5 #13
Sep

v1 #4
Oct