Series: Thrilling Wonder Stories

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Note: There are other series with the same name: Thrilling Wonder Stories (new), Thrilling Wonder Stories (UK)

  • Series: Thrilling Wonder Stories Series Record # 18571
  • Sub-series of: Wonder Stories Group
  • Note: After Beacon Magazines purchased Wonder Stories from Hugo Gernsback in 1936, it converted the magazine to a juvenile. Later, when Sam Merwin took over as editor in 1945, he dropped those juvenile leanings. Later companion magazines were Startling Stories, which published long novels, Captain Future, Strange Stories, Fantastic Story Magazine, and Space Stories. Thrilling Wonder Stories was merged with Starling Stories in 1955, which then lasted three more issues and died. Highlights: Early covers by Howard V. Brown helped to inspire the BEM acronym (Bug-Eyed Monsters). Alfred Bester won an amateur writing contest, resulting in the publication of his first story, while Ray Bradbury's first short story appeared here in 1943. A. E. van Vogt's The Weapon Shop of Ishir and Leigh Brackett's Sword of Rhiannon were both published here. Publisher: Beacon Magazines, Inc.; Better Publications, Inc.;Standard Magazines, Inc. Editors: Mort Weisinger; Oscar J. Friend; Sam Merwin, Jr.; Samuel Mines; Alexander Samalman Issues: 189
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