Justice Amazing Detective Mysteries made its debut on newsstands with Vol. 1 No. 1 dated May 1955.
“The pulplike covers and well-printed interiors were among the better of the many similar magazines appearing at the time . . .”
–Michael L. Cook, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines, Greenwood Press 1983
“The Space-Eaters” by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales July 1928)
“The Faceless Thing” by Edward D. Hoch
“The Red Room” by H.G. Wells
“Hungary’s Female Vampire” by Dean Lipton
“A Tough Tussle” by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
“Doorslammer” by Donald A. Wollheim
“The Electric Chair” by George Waight (Weird Tales Jan. 1925)
“The Other One” by Jerryl L. Keane
“The Charmer” by Archie Binns
“Clarissa” by Robert A. W. Lowndes (expanded version of “Gourmet” from Renascence 1946)
“The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes” by Rudyard Kipling (Under the Deodars)
Here’s the pencil sketch Joe Wehrle, Jr. sent in for the cover of The Digest Enthusiast book five. I added the outlined type.. We decided to overlap the masthead when the final artwork was complete.
Joe is working on the cover for book seven, which is scheduled for release in December.
The Digest Enthusiast #5 Jan. 2017 cover by Joe Wehrle, Jr.
Mercury Mystery #66 from 1943 reprints nine stories from the earlier hardback of the same name with 25. Queen’s challenge is simple:
“I’ll change the familiar names of the detectives to ones of my own invention, and I’ll challenge the reader to deduce who the detective is in each story. The only alteration of the original text will be the disguising of the detective’s name.
“[T]here will be clues galore . . . Clues created by the author of the story, lying right there in the author’s own text.”
Steve Carper explores this forgotten beauty and others in his article “The Riddle of the Ellery Queen Selects Series” in The Digest Enthusiast book five.
A striking cover by Leo and Diane Dillon captures the essence of Fear by L. Ron Hubbard, Galaxy Novel #29 from 1957. The story first appeared in Unknown July 1940.
In my book this cover of Spaceway Science Ficiton (June 1955) eclipses all prior. Painted by Paul Blaisdell, it’s based on a cover photo from the National Informer (July 1, 1962) taken during the production of the stage play Catherine Was Great.
Perhaps the most startling prediction from Criswell’s column: Mae West will become the first female president of the United States. All I can say is, stranger things have happened.
Galaxy Novel #28 1957 cover by Leo and Diane Dillon
In 1957, Galaxy Novel #28 appeared with Destiny Times Three by Fritz Leiber, a reprint that was originally divided into two issues of Astounding Science Fiction, March and April 1945.
Opening lines of The Last Starship by Murray Leinster, reprinted as Galaxy Novel #25 in 1955:
“Kim Rendell stood by the propped-up Starshine in the transport hall of the primary museum on Alphin III. He regarded a placard under the spaceship with a grim and entirely mirthless amusement. He was unshaven and hollow-cheeked. He was even ragged. He was a pariah because he had tried to strike at the very foundation of civilization. He stood beside the hundred-foot, tapering hull, his appearance marking him as a blocked man.”
Available in a 2007 reprint from Wildside Press.
Next in my reading queue: Essays on crime fiction writers from the ‘50s through the ‘90s.
Stark House website
Manhunt May 1957 with Talmage Powell’s “Midnight Blonde”
Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “Terror in the Sun” by Talmage Powell
Talmage Powell wrote hundreds of stories for pulps and digests, including Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Shayne and Manhunt. “Terror” centers on a father’s hunt for his son’s killers in the sweltering heat of the Everglades. Armed with a shotgun, tension builds as the search progresses; exploding when he finds them. Terrific story.
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