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Marvel Tales

Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Publication.


1. US Semiprozine (the first 3 issues small-Digest-size, #4 digest-size and #5 letter-size), five issues May 1934 to Summer 1935. Published by Fantasy Publications, Everett, Pennsylvania; edited by William L Crawford, who was not only the publisher but also set the type himself. Some issues were distributed with several different covers. Distribution was very limited; Marvel Tales was never generally available. Crawford was reacting to the degree of formulaic sf that was appearing in Astounding and wanted to publish material of more depth and originality. Unfortunately he was unable to pay for fiction and the limitations on his time meant that the magazine appeared erratically. Nevertheless, through his circle of contacts Crawford was able to acquire some interesting material. Besides fiction by Robert E Howard and H P Lovecraft, he published Robert Bloch's first story, "Lilies" (Winter 1934), and Clifford D Simak's controversial The Creator (March/April 1935; 1946 chap). The Winter 1934 issue commenced serialization of P Schuyler Miller's short novel "The Titan"; the magazine died before the serialization was completed, and the work was finally published as the title novella of Miller's The Titan (coll 1952). An even shorter-lived companion title was Unusual Stories. [MJE/MA]


2. Variant title used for two issues of Marvel Science Stories, 1939 and 1940. [MJE]

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