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Private Detective (Stories)

Private Detective Stories appeared in mid-1937, about three years after the first of the spicy magazine lines - Spicy Detective - and came from the same publisher - Trojan Publishing. The magazines were much the same - it has been said that "Private Detective Stories was Spicy Detective with less decorative covers and some, but not much, of the psychopathology left out". It ran for 134 issues over a period of 13 years, in the latter months adding two comic strips to the mix and dropping the word "Stories" from the title.

There were at least 9 issues of a British reprint edition. There was also a Canadian magazine of the same name although it had no direct relationship to the Trojan magazine. Some issues are direct reprints from that magazine, while other reprints stories from magazines such as Detective Yarns, Double-Action Gang, Hooded Detective and Crack Detective.

1937          
v1 #1
Jun

v1 #2
Jul

v1 #3
Aug

v1 #4
Sep

v1 #5
Oct

v1 #6
Nov

v2 #1
Dec
1938
v2 #2
Jan

v2 #3
Feb

v2 #4
Mar

v2 #5
Apr

v2 #6
May

v3 #1
Jun

v3 #2
Jul

v3 #3
Aug

v3 #4
Sep

v3 #5
Oct

v3 #6
Nov

v4 #1
Dec
1939
v4 #2
Jan

v4 #3
Feb

v4 #4
Mar

v4 #5
Apr

v4 #6
May

v5 #1
Jun

v5 #2
Jul

v5 #3
Aug

v5 #4
Sep

v5 #5
Oct

v5 #6
Nov

v6 #1
Dec
1940
v6 #2
Jan

v6 #3
Feb

v6 #4
Mar

v6 #5
Apr

v6 #6
May

v7 #1
Jun

v7 #2
Jul

v7 #3
Aug

v7 #4
Sep

v7 #5
Oct

v7 #6
Nov

v8 #1
Dec
1941
v8 #2
Jan

v8 #3
Feb

v8 #4
Mar

v8 #5
Apr

v8 #6
May

v9 #1
Jun

v9 #2
Jul

v9 #3
Aug

v9 #4
Sep

v9 #5
Oct

v9 #6
Nov

v10 #1
Dec
1942
v10 #2
Jan

v10 #3
Feb

v10 #4
Mar

v10 #5
Apr

v10 #6
May

v11 #1
Jun

v11 #2
Jul

v11 #3
Aug

v11 #4
Sep

v11 #5
Oct

v11 #6
Nov

v12 #1
Dec
1943
v12 #2
Jan

v12 #3
Feb

v12 #4
Mar

v12 #5
Apr

v12 #6
May

v13 #1
Jun

v13 #2
Jul

v13 #3
Aug

v13 #4
Sep

v13 #5
Oct

v13 #6
Nov

v14 #1
Dec
1944
v14 #2
Jan

v14 #3
Feb

v14 #4
Mar

v14 #5
Apr

v14 #6
May

v15 #1
Jun

v15 #2
Jul

v15 #3
Aug

v15 #4
Sep

v15 #5
Oct

v15 #6
Nov

v16 #1
Dec
1945
v16 #2
Jan

v16 #3
Feb

v16 #4
Mar

v16 #5
Apr

v16 #6
May

v17 #1
Jun

v17 #2
Jul

v17 #3
Aug

v17 #4
Sep

v17 #5
Oct

v17 #6
Nov

v18 #1
Dec
1946
v18 #2
Jan

v18 #3
Feb

v18 #4
Mar
 
v18 #5
May
 
v18 #6
Jul
 
v19 #1
Sep
 
v19 #2
Nov

v19 #3
Dec
1947
v19 #4
Jan

v19 #5
Feb

v19 #6
Mar
   
v20 #1
Jun
       
v20 #2
Nov
 
1948  
v20 #3
Feb
   
v20 #4
May
   
v20 #5
Aug
   
v20 #6
Nov
 
1949  
v21 #1
Feb
 
v21 #2
Apr
 
v21 #3
Jun
   
v21 #4
Sep
   
v21 #5
Dec
1950
v21 #6
Jan

v22 #1
Feb

v22 #2
Mar

v22 #3
Apr

v22 #4
May

v22 #5
Jun
 
v22 #6
Aug
 
v23 #1
Oct
 
v23 #2
Dec

British reprint edition

Some issues unnumbered; other issues may exist.

1950?
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#4 #5
#6
#7
#8

#9

Private Detective (Canada)

Other issues exist. Continued after March 1944 under the same title as a true crime magazine.

1941           v1 #1
Jun

v1 #2
Jul
v1 #3
Aug

v1 #4
Sep

v1 #5
Oct
   
1942
v2 #1
Jan

v2 #2
Feb
v2 #3
Mar

v2 #4
Apr
  v2 #5
v2 #6
Jul

v2 #7
Aug
v2 #8
Sep
v2 #9
Oct

v2 #10
Nov

v2 #11
Dec
1943
v3 #1
Jan

v3 #2
Feb

v3 #3
Mar

v3 #4
Apr

v3 #5
May

v3 #6
Jun

v3 #7
Jul

v3 #8
Aug

v3 #9
Sep

v3 #10
Oct

v3 #11
Nov

v3 #12
Dec
1944   v5 #2
Feb

v5 #3
Mar