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Mike Shayne June 1957

Mike Shayne June 1957

Brett Halliday: The Challenge in Mystery Writing
Contents Page
Helen Nielsen “The Long Walk to Death”
Fletcher Flora “Only the Best for Bowser”
James Shucker “Carny Blood”
Tedd Thomey “Slay-ride to Eternity”
Ted Reynolds “Identification in Red”
D.E. Forbes “In a Neat Package”
Brett Halliday (Davis Dresser) “Weep for a Blond Corpse” part three
Murray Wolf “The Little Glass Tubes”
Keston Clarke “Poison at Eight”

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 2 No. 2 June 1957
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
5.25” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

Mike Shayne April 1957

Mike Shayne April 1957

Still a bi-monthly in April 1957, this issue is the first to use the new title “Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.” Page count drops from 160 to 144.

Brett Halliday: Dr. Shamus Shayne
Contents Page
Frank Ward “Death Aboard the Cruiser”
Lawrence Treat “Twice Around the Block”
Brett Halliday (Davis Dresser) “Weep for a Blond Corpse” part two
Walt Sheldon “Line of Fire”
C.L. Sweeney, Jr. “Soft, White Body”
William R. Cox “Who Wants You?”
Richard Deming “The Strange Collaboration”
Arthur Feldman “The Cardinal Sin”

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 2 No. 1 April 1957
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
Cover: Vic Donahue
5.25” x 7.75” 144 pages 35¢

Michael Shayne Feb. 1957

Michael Shayne Feb. 1957

Most of the Mike Shayne short novels that appeared in his digest magazine were ghost written under the Brett Halliday pseudonym. But this issue features the first of a three-part series presenting a brand new full-length novel by Davis Dresser himself. “Weep for a Blond Corpse” ran in the Feb., April, and June 1957 issues. This issue was the last one with “Michael,” in the title; it was strictly ”Mike” from here on.

Brett Halliday’s Goal to Go! (intro)
Contents Page
Brett Halliday “Weep for a Blond Corpse” part one
Veronica Parker Johns “The Cannibal Oxen”
Lee E. Wells “Desert of Death”
Robert O’Niel Bristow “The Naked Trap”
Jay Carroll “A Dress for May Lou”
Irving Burstiner’s Find the Detective (puzzle)
Henry Slesar “The Right Kind of House”
Samuel W. Taylor “Night of the Full Moon”
Robert Bloch “The Real Bad Friend”
Frank Kane “The Rumble”

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 6 Feb. 1957
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Michael Shayne No. 5

Michael Shayne No. 5

Contents
Leo Margulies’s Big Shayne Coming UP
Brett Halliday (unknown ghost writer) “A Challenge in Corpses”
Will Cotton “A Long Time Dying”
Jonathan Craig “Sunday’s Slaughter”
Thelma L. Beach “The Frightened Passenger”
Tedd Thomey “Brother, Brother . . .”
Theresa Anne O’Malley “No Questions”
William Campbell Gault “I’ll Be Waiting”
Richard Deming “Comfort for the Grave”
Peter Cheyney “He Walked in Her Sleep”

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 5 Jan. 1957
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editor: Sam Merwin, Jr.
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Michael Shayne No. 4

Michael Shayne No. 4

Contents
Brett Halliday’s (Leo Margulies?) The Heel’s the Thing
Brett Halliday (Sam Merwin, Jr.) “Mark Me for Murder” (Mike Shayne)
Mann Rubin “The Gold Ring”
George Fielding Eliot “Emergency Call—State Police”
De Forbes “The Secret Secret Secret”
Kenneth Fearing “Shadow of Fame”
Margaret Manners “Hard Way Out”
David Margerson “Cyanide Cocktail”
Walt Sheldon “The Silent Weapon”
W.T. Ballard “Crescent City Blues”
Val Morrow “The Black Box”

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 4 Dec. 1956
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editor: Sam Merwin, Jr.
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Michael Shayne No. 3

Michael Shayne No. 3

Contents
Brett Halliday’s (Leo Margulies?) Salute from Mike Shayne
Brett Halliday (Sam Merwin, Jr.) “Who Shot the Duke?”
Theodore Sturgeon & Don Ward “The Deadly Innocent”
Walt Sheldon “Dead Man’s Cat”
Vic Rodell “To Anita—With Murder”
Herbert Harris “A Grave for Lydia”
Raymond Drennen “The Generous Corpse”
De Forbes “Lie Down—You’re Dead”
Colin G. Jameson “Blood on the Golden Fleece”
G.B. Gilford “Marked for Murder”
Norman Struber “New Man in Town”

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 3 Nov. 1956
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editor: Sam Merwin, Jr.
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
Cover: Ed Emshwiller
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Michael Shayne No. 2

Michael Shayne No. 2

Contents
Brett Halliday “The Body Went to Bed”
Octavus Roy Cohen “One Minute After Murder”
Norman Struber “Clean Sweep”
William Campbell Gault “Kill If You Have To”
Hal Ellson “The Rites of Death”
Robert E. Byrum “Papa Knows Best”
Tedd Thomey “Blood On His Boots”
C.B. Gilford “Guest for Breakfast”
Fletcher Flora “Late Date with Death”
Theodore L. Thomas “The Man Nobody Saw”
Lex Sutton “Twin Killing”

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 2 Oct. 1956
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editor: Sam Merwin Jr.
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
Production: Joan Sherman
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Michael Shayne No. 1

Michael Shayne No. 1

“I am both proud and gratified that my long-time and valued friend, Leo Margulies, is the publisher and sole owner of this magazine. It is a project that both Leo and I have held in our minds and hearts for many years.” –Brett Halliday

Contents
Brett Halliday “Bring Back a Corpse!”
Craig Rice “The Quiet Life” (John J. Malone)
Robert Bloch “Water’s Edge”
Charles Irving “You Wash, and I’ll Dry”
Hal Ellson “Walk Away Fast”
Kenneth Fearing “Three Wives Too Many”
John E. Hasty “Unfinished Business”
Louis Trimble “A Pitch for Murder”
Carter Sprague “A Present for Peter”
Matthew Lee “Home Ground”
Norman Daniels “Rooftop”

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1 Sept. 1956
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editor: Sam Merwin Jr.
Managing Editor: Cylvia Kleinman
5.25” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢

Mike Shayne Aug. 1984

Mike Shayne Aug. 1984

Excerpt from Michael Bracken’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

TDE: Your secret agent character, Christian Gunn, appeared in Mike Shayne (Aug. 1984) and again in Espionage (Feb. 1985). Was he ever used again?

MB: The fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of both Espionage and Mike Shayne ended Gunn’s career.


Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 48 No. 8 Aug. 1984
Contents
Brett Halliday “Shadows of the Past”
Amy E. Dean: How Crime Plays
Peter A. Sellers “Loss of a Faculty”
Buzz Dixon “Spiders”
Michael Bracken “With Extreme Prejudice”
Ray Bradley “The Bus Bandits”
Arthur Moore “Bird Bank Bingo”
Lane Marsh “First Security”
Mel Washburn “To Forgive is Human”
Richard E. Givan “The Curious Case of the Dead-Drunk Driver”
Ardath Mayhar “Knit Lady”
Vicki Shaull Carleton “The Prison Letters”
Mike’s Mail
Best by Mail (classified ads)

Publishers: Edward & Anita Goldstein
Editor: Charles E. Fritch
Art Director: Robin Schaffer
Founder: Lou Margulies
5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages $1.75

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine No. 1

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine No. 1 Sep 1956In September 1956, Brett Halliday teamed with publisher Leo Margulies to launch MSMM. “It is a project both Leo and I have held in our minds and hearts for many years,” writes Halliday in his introduction. “But we have waited patiently for the exact moment when the signs were right, when the many and varied elements essential to the production and distribution of a truly fine mystery magazine coincided to make the project feasible.”

“Michael” was changed to “Mike” with the seventh issue in April 1957. MSMM began as a monthly, but slipped to bi-monthly during its second year, and returned to monthly during 1958 for the balance of its impressive run. With 337 regular issues and three annuals (1971–1973), MSMM was by far one of the most successful digest magazines ever published. The final issue appeared in August 1985.

Its first editor was Sam Merwin, and he launched the title with a terrific first issue:

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1 September 1956

Contents
Brett Halliday: Full Cycle—New Birth (introduction)
Brett Halliday “Bring Back a Corpse!” (Mike Shayne)
Craig Rice “The Quiet Life” (John J. Malone)
Robert Bloch “Water’s Edge”
Charles Irving “You Wash, and I’ll Dry”
Hal Ellson “Walk Away Fast”
Kenneth Fearing “Three Wives Too Many”
John E. Hasty “Unfinished Business”
Louis Trimble “A Pitch for Murder”
Carter Sprague “A Present for Peter”
Matthew Lee “Home Ground”
Norman Daniels “Rooftop”

MSMM Checklist from Galatic Central.