Series:Famous Fantastic Mysteries

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Title: Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Publishers:

Editor: Mary Gnaedinger

Issues: 81

Series: The Reader's Viewpoint - letter column and editorial content.


Contents

Introduction

From Tuck's Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: A magazine founded to reprint fantasy and sf material from the old Frank A. Munsey magazines (Argosy, All-Story, etc.). It became popular in its initial year. Some novels were serialised in the early issues, until the companion Fantastic Novels was started and began publishing complete novels. (The latter, however, had only 5 issues at that time and was combined back into FFM). The covers were only coloured story listings until Feb 1940, when paintings by F. Paul and V. Finlay began. After FFM was bought by Popular Pubs, in 1943 the fiction policy changed to the reprinting of novels that had previously appeared only in book form. Some quite good works were presented; these are covered below. From Aug 1947 to Apr 1950 there was a section "Masters of Fantasy" (drawings and a short appreciation) by N. Austin. The magazine became "streamlined" from Jan 1951 - smaller in size and with no advertisements - but soon returned to its older format. Lawrence was the principal artist; in conjunction with Fantastic Novels, portfolios of work by Lawrence and V. Finlay were published. Popular's FFM also had Fantastic Novels (2nd series) as a companion for a period, as well as A. Merritt's Fantasy and Super Science Stories' (2nd series). The Munsey FFM was used as a source for the fiction in the Canadian Super Science (Feb 1945 - Dec 1945).

Issues

1953 - Feb - Apr - Jun - - - - - -
1952 - Feb - Apr - Jun - Aug - Oct - Dec
1951: Jan - Mar - May - Jul - - Oct - Dec
1950 - Feb - Apr - Jun - Aug - Oct - -
1949 - Feb - Apr - Jun - Aug - Oct - Dec
1948 - Feb - Apr - Jun - Aug - Oct - Dec
1947 - Feb - Apr - Jun - Aug - Oct - Dec
1946 - Feb - Apr - Jun - Aug - Oct - Dec
1945 - - Mar - - Jun - - Sep - - Dec
1944 - - Mar - - Jun - - Sep - - Dec
1943 - - Mar - - - - - Sep - - Dec
1942 - Feb - Apr - Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1941 - Feb - Apr - Jun - Aug - Oct - Dec
1940 Jan Feb Mar Apr May - - Aug - Oct - Dec
1939 - - - - - - - - Sep - Nov Dec

Artists

Cover Artists

Interior Artists

  • Virgil Finlay [217]
  • Lawrence [180]
  • Frank R. Paul [86]
  • Hannes Bok [21]
  • Neil Austin [17]
  • Ronald Clyne [6]
  • Leydenfrost [4]
  • uncredited [36]
  • Other artists with 1 or 2 illustrations are Biedermann, Charles E. Kroma, Chas. McNutt, Fawcette, Fox, Frank Kramer, Napoli, Ted Palmer, and V. E. Pyles. The Neil Austin illustrations are for the "Masters of Fantasy" series which he authored.
  • Note: The number in parentheses is the total number of individual illustrations.

Image Sources

The cover images for these magazines supplied by Phil Stephensen-Payne's "Galactic Central"

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