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Wonder Story Annual

Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Publication.

US reprint Pulp magazine published by Better Publications, 1950, and Best Books, 1951-1953, both imprints of Standard Magazines; edited 1950-1951 by Sam Merwin Jr and 1952-1953 by Samuel Mines. The first issue was a bumper 196 pages. The magazine was taking advantage of the publisher's backlog of material bought for Wonder Stories and Startling Stories, from which most of the material was reprinted, the most notable being Manly Wade Wellman's Twice in Time (May 1940 Startling; 1951 #2; 1957) and Jack Williamson's "Gateway to Paradise" (July 1941 Startling; 1953 #4; vt Dome Around America 1955 dos). The magazine was really an anthology, and actually called itself "America's Best Science Fiction Anthology" on its final three issues. Its existence was an indication of the growing rivalry between pulps, Digests and pocketbooks. [BS/MA]


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