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Full Note for Series: Startling Stories

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Note: From Tuck's Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: This magazine was the first companion to Thrilling WOnder Stories; its policy was to publish long novels (as listed later), plus an exceptional older short story in the "Hall of Fame" section. The reprints were quite successful, but many were abridged, even appearing in the abridged form when used in the anthology From Off This World (Margulies & Friend, 1949). This success with reprints caused companions Fantastic Story Quarterly (later Fantastic Story Magazine) and Wonder Story Annual to appear, essentially as reprint magazines. The reprints were then dropped from Startling from Nov. 1950. The cover artists were H. V. Brown to May 1940, then E, K, Bergey for most to 1952; Emsh(willer) and Popp also painted many covers. After a good beginning, the magazine became somewhat juvenile in the early 1940's. The S. Merwin built up Startling and Thrilling Wonder to be the best general-type science fiction magazines in the field. From its first issue until Mar 1953 it ran a magazine review department, and was the first professional magazine ever to do so. Startling finished as the last magazine in the Standard chain. The anthology The Best From Startling Stories (S. Mines, 1953) was selected from both this magazine and Thrilling Wonder. Most of the information on this page was supplied by Dan Kurdilla, with the following exceptions: The May39, Jul39, Sep39, Nov39, Mar41, Jul41, Jan42, May42, Jul42, Nov42, Fall43, Sum45, Win46, Spring46, Fall46 were reconstructed from the Day Index. The Sep49 issue was supplied by Johan Elzer.
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