Entry updated 8 March 2017. Tagged: Publication.
1. US Pulp magazine. Two issues, July 1950 and December 1950, published by Avon Periodicals; edited by Donald A Wollheim. The first issue included an impressive line-up of authors: A Bertram Chandler, Ray Cummings, Lester del Rey, Kris Neville, Mack Reynolds and A E van Vogt. The stories, however, were not the authors' best, and if any story stands out as memorable, if unpronounceable, it is "The Puzzle of Priipiirii" (July 1950) by William Tenn, where humans struggle to solve the mystery of a Labyrinth on Mars. Chandler was the only writer of equivalent stature to appear in both issues, though even his work here is rather formulaic Space Opera. An unusual feature was a 32-page Comics section which the publisher had managed to acquire cheaply (oddly, #2 of the Canadian edition included a different comics section from that in the US edition). The comics feature proved not to be the expected selling point, and the magazine flopped. [MJE/MA]
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