1 Leadership and location 2 History
2.1 Pulp fiction 2.2 Comic books
4.1 "The Big Six" 4.2 Other titles
5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links
Leadership and location
The company's original location was 461 Eighth Avenue in New York
City. At the end of 1929, a New York Times article referred to John
B. Kelly as "head" of Fiction House, Inc., and a new location of 271
In late 1932, John W. Glenister was president of
Detective Book Magazine Vol. 5, #10 (Winter 1948)
“ In association with J. B. Kelly, I put out our first fiction magazine devoted to adventure stories. That was in 1921. Within four years the magazine sold 150,000 copies an issue and we began four other outdoor magazines and several others." ”
During their first decade the company produced pulp magazines such as
Action Stories, Air Stories, Lariat Stories, Detective Classics, The
Frontier, True Adventures, Wings, and Fight Stories. Fiction House
occasionally acquired other publishers' magazines, such as its 1929
acquisition of Frontier Stories from Doubleday, Doran & Co.
By the 1930s, the company had expanded into detective mysteries. In
late 1932, however, in the midst of the Great Depression, Fiction
House cancelled 12 of its pulp magazines — Aces, Action Novels,
Action Stories, Air Stories, Detective Book Magazine, Detective
Classics, Fight Stories, Frontier Stories, Lariat, Love Romances,
North-West Stories and Wings — with the stated goal of eventually
After a very short hiatus,
Action Stories resumed publishing through
this period (lasting until the fall of 1950). In addition, Fiction
House relaunched its pulp magazines in 1934, finding success with a
number of detective and romance pulp titles. The cancelled pulps Fight
Detective Book Magazine were revived in spring 1936 and in
1937 respectively, with both magazines publishing continuously into
the 1950s. Fiction House's first title with science fiction interest
was Jungle Stories, which was launched in early 1939; it was not
primarily a science fiction magazine, but often featured storylines
with marginally science fictional themes, such as survivors from
Atlantis. At the end of 1939
By the late 1930s, publisher Thurman T. Scott expanded Fiction House
into comic books, an emerging medium that began to seem a viable
adjunct to the fading pulps. Receptive to a sales call by Eisner &
Iger, one of the prominent "packagers" of that time which produced
complete comic books on demand for publishers looking to enter the
field, Scott published
Ann Mason (Jungle Comics) — the mate of Ka'a'nga, Jungle King; like Sheena, wears a leopard skin dress Jessie (Jungle Comics) — replaces Ann as the mate of Ka'a'nga Camilla, Wild Girl of the Congo (Jungle Comics) — wears a zebra skin dress Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle (Jungle Comics) — comics' first super-powered heroine, created by Fletcher Hanks Princess Taj (Jungle Comics) — rides an elephant Tiger Girl (Fight Comics) Princess Vishnu (Fight Comics)
Feminist comics historian Trina Robbins, writes that:
...most of [Fiction House's] pulp-style action stories either starred or featured strong, beautiful, competent heroines. They were war nurses, aviatrixes, girl detectives, counterspies, and animal skin-clad jungle queens, and they were in command. Guns blazing, daggers unsheathed, sword in hand, they leaped across the pages, ready to take on any villain. And they did not need rescuing.
Despite such pre-feminist pedigree,
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Action Stories (225 issues, September 1921 - Fall 1950)
Air Stories 
Detective Book Magazine (65 issues, Apr. 1930–Sept. 1931;
All Adventure Action Novels
All-American Football Magazine
Bull's-Eye Western Stories
Civil War Stories
Detective Classics 
Fight Comics (86 issues, Jan. 1940–[Jan.] 1954)
3-D Circus (1 issue, 1953)
Cowgirl Romances (12 issues, 1950–Winter 1952/1953)
The First Christmas (1 issue, 1953; 3-D)
Ghost Comics (11 issues, 1951–1954)
Indians (17 issues, 1950–1953)
Ka'a'nga, Jungle King (20 issues, Spring 1949–Summer 1954)
Long Bow (9 issues, 1951–Winter 1952/1953)
Man O' Mars (1 issue, 1953)
Movie Comics (4 issues, Dec. 1946–1947)
Pioneer West Romances / Firehair (11 issues, Spring 1950–Spring
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
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American Pulp Artists (2015). Accessed Mar. 14, 2017.
^ "Air Tales Stolen, 'War Ace' Is Held". The New York Times. December
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^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "12 'Pulp' Magazines Stop Publication".
The New York Times. December 28, 1932. p. 19. Retrieved February
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^ a b Goldstein, Andrew (n.d.). "Fiction House: History and
Influences". Connecticut Historical Society. Archived from the
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^ "Added Space Taken by General Foods". The New York Times. January
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^ "Frontier Stories Magazine Sold". The New York Times. March 25,
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^ Real Adventures Publishing Co., Inc., Grand Comics Database.
Accessed Mar. 10, 2017.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
Comic Book Marketplace vol. 2, #57 (March 1998): "Fiction House
Pulps!" by Christian K. Berger, pp. 34–37, 44
Comic Book Marketplace vol. 2 2, #60 (June 1998): "Fiction House
Sci-Fi" (cover gallery) pp. 40–43
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