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In 1929, when the future of Amazing Stories was in the balance, and when he was facing bankruptcy, Hugo Gernsback (with his brother Sidney) defiantly formed Stellar Publishing.  Within weeks the first issue of Science Wonder Stories was in production, closely followed by Air Wonder Stories and Science Wonder Quarterly. Science Wonder Stories flourished and, after its first year, it absorbed Air Wonder Stories to become Wonder Stories, which lasted on a monthly schedule (with a couple of gaps) for a further six years. At the same time, Science Wonder Quarterly changed its name to Wonder Stories Quarterly, although that lasted for a mere four years.

Despite a remarkable track-record of above-average stories, Wonder Stories began to suffer from circulation problems by 1935 and in 1936 the magazine was sold to Standard Magazines, who reissued it as Thrilling Wonder Stories. Under this title it lasted almost 20 years before vanishing, with the rest of the group, in early 1955.

Science Wonder Stories

Merged with Air Wonder Stories to form Wonder Stories.

1929          
v1 #1
Jun

v1 #2
Jul

v1 #3
Aug

v1 #4
Sep

v1 #5
Oct

v1 #6
Nov

v1 #7
Dec
1930
v1 #8
Jan

v1 #9
Feb

v1 #10
Mar

v1 #11
Apr

v1 #12
May
             

Air Wonder Stories

Merged with Science Wonder Stories to form Wonder Stories.

1929            
v1 #1
Jul

v1 #2
Aug

v1 #3
Sep

v1 #4
Oct

v1 #5
Nov

v1 #6
Dec
1930
v1 #7
Jan

v1 #8
Feb

v1 #9
Mar

v1 #10
Apr

v1 #11
May
             

Wonder Stories

Becomes Thrilling Wonder Stories.

1930          
v2 #1
Jun

v2 #2
Jul

v2 #3
Aug

v2 #4
Sep

v2 #5
Oct

v2 #6
Nov

v2 #7
Dec
1931
v2 #8
Jan

v2 #9
Feb

v2 #10
Mar

v2 #11
Apr

v2 #12
May

v3 #1
Jun

v3 #2
Jul

v3 #3
Aug

v3 #4
Sep

v3 #5
Oct

v3 #6
Nov

v3 #7
Dec
1932
v3 #8
Jan

v3 #9
Feb

v3 #10
Mar

v3 #11
Apr

v3 #12
May

v4 #1
Jun

v4 #2
Jul

v4 #3
Aug

v4 #4
Sep

v4 #5
Oct

v4 #6
Nov

v4 #7
Dec
1933
v4 #8
Jan

v4 #9
Feb

v4 #10
Mar

v4 #11
Apr

v4 #12
May

v5 #1
Jun
 
v5 #2
Aug
 
v5 #3
Oct

v5 #4
Nov

v5 #5
Dec
1934
v5 #6
Jan

v5 #7
Feb

v5 #8
Mar

v5 #9
Apr

v5 #10
May

v6 #1
Jun

v6 #2
Jul

v6 #3
Aug

v6 #4
Sep

v6 #5
Oct

v6 #6
Nov

v6 #7
Dec
1935
v6 #8
Jan

v6 #9
Feb

v6 #10
Mar

v6 #11
Apr

v6 #12
May

v7 #1
Jun

v7 #2
Jul

v7 #3
Aug

v7 #4
Sep

v7 #5
Oct

v7 #6
Nov/Dec
1936


v7 #7
Jan/Feb


v7 #8
Mar/Apr

               

Thrilling Wonder Stories

Merged into Startling Stories after the last issue. Numbering was resumed in 1957 by the anthology series of Wonder Stories.

Two separate British reprint editions were published between 1949 and 1953, and two separate Canadian editions between 1945 and 1951.

1936              
v8 #1
Aug
 
v8 #2
Oct
 
v8 #3
Dec
1937  
v9 #1
Feb
 
v9 #2
Apr
 
v9 #3
Jun
 
v10 #1
Aug
 
v10 #2
Oct
 
v10 #3
Dec
1938  
v11 #1
Feb
 
v11 #2
Apr
 
v11 #3
Jun
 
v12 #1
Aug
 
v12 #2
Oct
 
v12 #3
Dec
1939  
v13 #1
Feb
 
v13 #2
Apr
 
v13 #3
Jun
 
v14 #1
Aug
 
v14 #2
Oct
 
v14 #3
Dec
1940
v15 #1
Jan

v15 #2
Feb

v15 #3
Mar

v16 #1
Apr

v16 #2
May

v16 #3
Jun

v17 #1
Jul

v17 #2
Aug

v17 #3
Sep

v18 #1
Oct

v18 #2
Nov

v18 #3
Dec
1941
v19 #1
Jan

v19 #2
Feb

v19 #3
Mar

v20 #1
Apr
 
v20 #2
Jun
 
v20 #3
Aug
 
v21 #1
Oct
 
v21 #2
Dec
1942  
v21 #3
Feb
 
v22 #1
Apr
 
v22 #2
Jun
 
v22 #3
Aug
 
v23 #1
Oct
 
v23 #2
Dec
1943  
v23 #3
Feb
 
v24 #1
Apr
 
v24 #2
Jun
 
v24 #3
Aug
 
v25 #1, Fall
1944
v25 #2, Winter

v25 #3, Spring

v26 #1, Summer

v26 #2, Fall
1945
v26 #3, Winter

v27 #1, Spring

v27 #2, Summer

v27 #3, Fall
1946
v28 #1, Winter

v28 #2, Spring

v28 #3, Summer

v29 #1, Fall

v29 #2
Dec
1947  
v29 #3
Feb
 
v30 #1
Apr
 
v30 #2
Jun
 
v30 #3
Aug
 
v31 #1
Oct
 
v31 #2
Dec
1948  
v31 #3
Feb
 
v32 #1
Apr
 
v32 #2
Jun
 
v32 #3
Aug
 
v33 #1
Oct
 
v33 #2
Dec
1949  
v33 #3
Feb
 
v34 #1
Apr
 
v34 #2
Jun
 
v34 #3
Aug
 
v35 #1
Oct
 
v35 #2
Dec
1950  
v35 #3
Feb
 
v36 #1
Apr
 
v36 #2
Jun
 
v36 #3
Aug
 
v37 #1
Oct
 
v37 #2
Dec
1951  
v37 #3
Feb
 
v38 #1
Apr
 
v38 #2
Jun
 
v38 #3
Aug
 
v39 #1
Oct
 
v39 #2
Dec
1952  
v39 #3
Feb
 
v40 #1
Apr
 
v40 #2
Jun
 
v40 #3
Aug
 
v41 #1
Oct
 
v41 #2
Dec
1953  
v41 #3
Feb
 
v42 #1
Apr
 
v42 #2
Jun
 
v42 #3
Aug
   
v43 #1
Nov
 
1954
v43 #2, Winter

v43 #3, Spring

v44 #1, Summer

v44 #2, Fall
1955
v44 #3, Winter
                 
 
2007  
v46 #1, Summer
   
2009
v47 #1, Spring
     

Thrilling Wonder Stories (Canada)

1945    
v27 #2, Summer
v27 #3, Fall
1946
v28 #1, Winter
v28 #2, Spring
v28 #3, Summer

v29 #1, Fall
v29 #2
Dec
 
1948       v32 #1
Apr
  v32 #2
Jun
  v32 #3
Aug
  v33 #1
Oct
  v33 #2
Dec
1949  
v33 #3
Feb
  v34 #1
Apr
  v34 #2
Jun
  v34 #3
Aug
  v35 #1
Oct
  v35 #2
Dec
1950   v35 #3
Feb
  v36 #1
Apr
  v36 #2
Jun
  v36 #3
Aug
  v37 #1
Oct
  v37 #2
Dec
1951   v37 #3
Feb
                   

Thrilling Wonder Stories (UK)

The first ten issues were published by Atlas Publishing; the last four by Pemberton's of Manchester.

1949                      
#1
1950        
#2
May

#3
Jun
           
1951                        
1952        
#4
May
 
#5
Jul
 
#6
Sep
 
#7
Nov
 
1953
#8
Jan
 
#9
Mar

#10
Summer
     
#101
   
1954
#102
   
#103
   
#104
         

Thrilling Wonder Stories (Australia)

A local distribution of the British Reprint Edition with a different cover price, but probably no other differences.

1953                  
#101
   
1954
#102
   
#103
    #104          

Thrilling Wonder Stories (New Zealand)

A local distribution of the British Reprint Edition with a different cover price, but probably no other differences.

1953                  
#101
   
1954
#102
   
#103
   
#104
         

Wonder Stories

Reprint magazine, numbering continued from Thrilling Wonder Stories. These are really two printings of the same anthology with one story substitution. It is assumed that they were issued at intervals designed to preserve the trademark on the title.

1957
v45 #1
1958  
1959  
1960  
1961  
1962  
1963
v45 #2

Science Wonder Quarterly

Becomes Wonder Stories Quarterly.

1929      
v1 #1, Fall
1930
v1 #2, Winter

v1 #3, Spring
   

Wonder Stories Quarterly

1930    
v1 #4, Summer

v2 #1, Fall
1931
v2 #2, Winter

v2 #3, Spring

v2 #4, Summer

v3 #1, Fall
1932
v3 #2, Winter

v3 #3, Spring

v3 #4, Summer

v4 #1, Fall
1933
v4 #2, Winter
     

Science Fiction Classics

A large-size paperbound book, given away as a subscription premium. It was first advertised in the May 1931 issue of Wonder Stories.

1931
#1, May

Science Fiction Series

A series of booklets distributed by mail order at 10 each or 6 for 50. They were issued in three groups of six, each set first advertised in the November 1929, January 1930 and June 1932 issues of Wonder Stories, respectively.

1929
#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6
1930
#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

#12
1931            
1932
#13

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18