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Manhunt Detective Story Monthly March 1953

Manhunt March 1953Contents
Richard S. Prather “The Sleeper Caper” (Shell Scott)
Evan Hunter “Dead Men Don’t Dream” (Matt Cordell)
Bruno Fischer “Stop Him!”
Robert Patrick Wilmot “Triple-Cross”
Leslie Charteris “The Loaded Tourist” (The Saint)
Frank Kane “Payoff” (Johnny Liddell)
Craig Rice “The Tears of Evil” (John J. Malone)
Harold Q. Masur “The Mourning After” (Scott Jordan)
Mickey Spillane “Everybody’s Watching Me” (Part 3 of 4)
William Lindsay Gresham “Teaser”
Floyd Mahannah “Prognosis Negative”
Richard Marsten “Against the Middle”

Manhunt Detective Story Monthly Feb. 1953

Manhunt Feb 1953Contents
John Ross Macdonald “The Imaginary Blonde”
Michael Fessier “Sex Murder in Cameron”
Jonathan Craig “Dirge for a Nude”
Eleazer Lipsky “Stabbing in the Streets”
Richard Marsten “Carrera’s Woman”
Hunt Collins “Attack”
Mickey Spillane “Everybody’s Watching Me” (Part 2 of 4)
John Evans “So Dark for April”
Richard Deming “The Lesser Evil”
Fletcher Flora “As I Lie Dead”
Mugged and Printed: Mickey Spillane, Michael Fessier, John Evans, John Ross Macdonald, Richard Deming, and Eleazer Lipsky

Manhunt Detective Story Monthly Jan. 1953

Manhunt No. 1 coverContents
“Everybody’s Watching Me” by Mickey Spillane (Part 1 of 4) art by Joe Kubert
“Die Hard” by Evan Hunter
“I’ll Make the Arrest” by Charles Beckman, Jr.
“The Hunted” by William Irish
“The Best Motive” by Richard S. Prather (Shell Scott)
“Shock Treatment” by Kenneth Millar
“The Frozen Grin” by Frank Kane (Johnny Liddell)
Backfire by Floyd Mahannah
“The Set-Up” by Sam Cobb
“Who is Vetter?” (coming next issue)

Manhunt No. 1 back cover

Manhunt Detective Story Monthly

Manhunt No. 1 coverPeter Enfantino’s multipart review/synopses of Manhunt, kicking off with the Jan–Apr 1953 issues, begins in The Digest Enthusiast book six. Here’s an excerpt of his series:

Manhunt By the Numbers
14 years (1953–1967)
114 issues
500+ authors
1100+ stories
13,000+ pages
6,000,000+ words
countless writers influence

Some of the guilty parties: Robert Bloch, Gil Brewer, Leslie Charteris, Jonathan Craig, Harlan Ellison, David Goodis, Ed McBain (and all his aliases), John D. MacDonald, Richard Prather, Craig Rice, Mickey Spillane, Donald E. Westlake (and Richard Stark), Harry Whittington, and Charles Williams.

A collection in paperback, The Best from Manhunt, was published in 1958 by Perma Books.

There were thirteen editions of Giant Manhunt, four-issue collections of regular issues, rebound with the covers removed into Giants. Which four issues varies, the point was for the publisher to recycle returns and make some additional sales. AHMM also used this approach from 1957–1968, titled Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Sampler.

In the UK, stories from Manhunt were published by Tom Boardman as Bloodhound Detective Story Magazine for 14 issues from 1961–1962. In Australia, 13 editions of Manhunt Detective Story Magazine were published by New Century Press in a size larger than the US editions. The Australian run went from 1953–1954.

Opening Lines

Manhunt No. 1 coverSelected from a digest featured in The Digest Enthusiast book six:

“I handed the guy the note and shivered a little bit because the guy was as big as they come, and even though he had a belly you couldn’t get your arms around, you wouldn’t want to be the one who figured you could sink your fist in it. The belly was as hard as the rest of him, but not quite as hard as his face.”
“Everybody’s Watching Me” by Mickey Spillane Manhunt Jan 1953

Manhunt January 1953

Manhunt January 1953 coverManhunt blazed onto newsstands with Mickey Spillane’s “Everybody’s Watching Me,” serialized over its first four issues. Reprinted in June 1955, and in January 1964 as “I Came to Kill You,” it became one of the few stories ever to run three times in the same magazine.