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Amazing Stories ( August 1933 ) by John Dicandia  ( JinnDoW )

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*Amazing Stories was an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback’s Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Before Amazing Stories, science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.

Amazing Stories was published, with some interruptions, for almost eighty years. The title first changed hands in 1929, when Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the magazine. Amazing Stories became unprofitable during the 1930s and in 1938 was purchased by Ziff-Davis, who hired Raymond A. Palmer as editor.

Palmer made the magazine successful though it was not regarded as a quality magazine within the science fiction community.

In the late 1940s Amazing began to print stories about the Shaver Mystery, a lurid mythos which explained accidents and disaster as the work of robots named “deros”; the stories were presented as fact, and led to dramatically increased circulation but also widespread ridicule.

Palmer was replaced by Howard Browne in 1949, who briefly entertained plans of taking Amazing upmarket. These plans came to nothing, though Amazing did switch to a digest format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era. A brief period under the editorship of Paul W. Fairman was followed, at the end of 1958, by the leadership of Cele Goldsmith.Despite her lack of experience she was able to bring new life to the magazine, and her years are regarded as one of Amazing’s most creative eras.

She was unable to arrest the declining circulation, though, and the magazine was sold to Sol Cohen’s Universal Publishing Company in 1965.*

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  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

    wow!
    i used to love amazing stories the USA tv show! :) set of movies rather….

  • Hi Jacqui, I used to watch it too and the stories from the original pulp magazine were just gold! Some of the best writers from the 20th century started writing pulp fiction.

    – John Dicandia ( JinnDoW )

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 3 years ago

    and what an amazing story to read, I so enjoyed that, naturally not the decline.
    I wish I knew more so that I could make a relevant comment to your artwork, clear tribute. I do so enjoy your retro poster work. Huxley rings a bell ;) x

  • Tanti auguri Lisa.. 1930s through to the 1960s was the golden age for the Sci-fi pulp fiction genre. Some of the greatest writers of the 20th century had their first break in Anazing Stories and other similar Sci-Fi publications. Writers like Phillip Dick, H P Lovecraft, Van Vogt, Robert E Howard, Huxley and many others. Not to mention the spectacular cover art.

    – John Dicandia ( JinnDoW )

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    You have done a . . .

    . . . job on this . . .
    Truly . . .

    LOL . . .

  • Wow! Hugh, I’m flattered and astounded. Thanks for the Great effort! Cheers John D :)

    – John Dicandia ( JinnDoW )

  • MoonlightLover
    MoonlightLoverover 3 years ago

    This is super cool tribute. I remember reading Lovecraft’s “Mountain Of Madness” on a bus on the way to school in London.
    Annie Z xo

  • What a fantastic story! Lovecraft’s Mountains of Madness became “the Thing” in 1955 and the brilliant remake in 1981 with Kurt Russell. Your knowledge continues to astound me Annie Z. Giovanni D

    – John Dicandia ( JinnDoW )

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 3 years ago

    Great memories !!! I have read a lot of these in the fifties and sixties…. they had gorgeous cover illustrations !!

  • Not only the illustrations and the cover art but the fantastic stories that went with them. I have a few copies of my own in mint condition including a 1953 publication that’s probably worth a few of these $$$. Merci Beaucoup Dominique.

    – John Dicandia ( JinnDoW )

  • madvlad
    madvladover 3 years ago

    johnz dah bestest!at this drawin,!yesterday n tomorrow too.capa tosta walt!

  • Hey Walt, I’m sure you must have read “Amazing Stories” back when you were a boy and maybe a teenager. There were some fantastic stories in this pulp magazine by some great writers. How’s the snow cover?

    – John Dicandia ( JinnDoW )

  • madvlad
    madvladover 3 years ago

    nope john- i am from a older genertaion and time then you- i read mark twain.jack london. kenneth roberts.bruce catton.the rise and fall of the roman empire. i found the lies of history and simihistory more interesting also i went to work at thirteen in summers so not time for light stuff and at 17 i was in the main engineroom of a 968 foot long ship – so all serious things,, other then rosey crusifixion or the tropic of cancer which i got in france in fifty one or two? but i do know a pal long ago who was one hundred hollywood informed – so i do know some dirt that has never been in yellow books haha but it ok we all have our tastes- and they keep us interested in live and its ??little subplots haha and yes we had two days of snow and hoarfrost gallllorrr

  • I read anything and everything Walt. I read Tropic Of Cancer and Tropic of Cancer too by Henry Miller too and all the classics. However Walt, you should be flattered that I’m assuming you are much younger than you are. Cheers from your Italo-Aussie amico. :)))

    – John Dicandia ( JinnDoW )

  • Kirstine Dieckmann
    Kirstine Dieck...over 2 years ago

    I have actually just started reading H. P. Lovecraft, so pardon me if I don’t know much about anything, however, I think this poster is incredible, and I’d love to hang it in my room!

  • opifan64
    opifan64over 1 year ago

    so cool!

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