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Arnold Magazines: Pulp Digests

INTRODUCTION  |   THE SWEATS  |  THE PIN-UPS  |  THE DIGESTS

The digests were the first to come and the first to go. Beginning in September 1956, each title lasted only four issues and all ceased by April 1957. Not that the other magazines outlasted the digests by long, but it speaks to the trials of the time.

Blazing Guns: Western Story Magazine · 4 issues · Oct. 1956–Apr. 1957 · 35¢ digest

Some contents were reprinted from Dime Western Magazine. The following info and indexes courtesy of the Fictionmags Index, via Phil Stephensen-Payne

These digests measured 5.25" wide x 7.25" tall. Just like their predecessors, these pulps were done on the cheap. Even on the cover, the printing could be severely misregistered (when the color plates misalign). They featured no ads save for the back cover, inside and out. Most stories were illustrated on the first page.

Associate Publisher: Marilyn Mayes

A typical inside front cover and Table of Contents. From Blazing Guns #4 (1957)

Issue #1 (Oct. 1956)
  • 1 · by Hell with a Running Iron · by Walt Coburn
  • 31 · by Set Your Hat and Grab Your Gun · by Bob Obets
  • 46 · by Quest of the Thirty Dead · by Tom W. Blackburn
  • 72 · by Brothers of the Bugle · by Kenneth Fowler
  • 89 · by Good Loggers Are Dead Loggers · by Frank Bonham
  • 105 · by There’s Doom in His Holsters · by Clifton Adams
  • 123 · by Bullets from Ambush · by Kenneth D. Mace


Issue #2 (Dec. 1956)
  • Winchesters on the By-Pass · by Burt Thomas
  • Renegade · by Gil Brewer
  • Call Me Killer · by W. D. Cotton
  • When a Man Needs a Gun · by A. C. Abbott
  • Last Canteen · by Van Cort
  • Dead Man’s Stew · by Curtis Alden
  • A Stranger in Big Horn · by John Fryer
  • Showdown · by M. F. Wensrich

#3 (Feb. 1957)

ToC index needed


Issue #4 (April 1957)
  • 3 · by Funeral at Apache Bend · by Charles A. Stearns
  • 45 · by Devil's Gold · by Francis C. Battle
  • 49 · by Missouri Marauders · by Paul L. Peil
  • 62 · by Hangman's Knot · by Leslie Scott
  • 68 · by Bargain Wife · by Bud Kimes
  • 82 · by Stagecoach Stranger · by Wallace Blue
  • 88 · by The Hater · by Edward Shallcross
  • 92 · by Maverick Bad Man · by Burt Thomas
  • 104 · by Unknown Rider · by W. J. Reynolds
  • 127 · by The Graveyard on the Hill · by Edward D. Hoch
 
The illustrations from Blazing Guns #4

Crime and Justice Detective Story Magazine · 4 issues · Sept. 1956–Mar. 1957 · 35¢ digest

Really a gangster magazine with the atmosphere of a '40s pulp. Old-time writers G.T. Fleming-Roberts and Robert Sidney Bowen appeared alongside newcomers Harlan Ellison and Edward D. Hoch. Some content was reprinted from New Detective Magazine. Info and indexes courtesy of the Crime Fiction Index, via Phil Stephensen-Payne.


Issue #1 (Sept. 1956)
  • The Dead Man Said No · by G. T. Fleming-Roberts
  • Philadelphia Fix · by Robert C. Dennis
  • I’ll Die for You · by Day Keene
  • Bitter Medicine · by David Crewe
  • Don’t Spare the Corpses · by Robert Sidney Bowen
  • Till the End of Crime · by Robert Turner
  • Let Me Alone · by Jim Harmon

 


Issue #2 (Nov. 1956)
  • Undressed to Kill · by Larry Holden
  • The Prettiest Corpse in Town · by Ernie Weatherall
  • Killer Gang · by Francis C. Battle
  • Go, Woman, Go · by Matt Christopher
  • Sweet Slay-Lani · by Raymond Drennen
  • Murder from the Gallery · by Robert G. Baird
  • Blonde Tornado · by Miles Harden
  • The Bomb · by Jim Harmon


Issue #3 (Jan. 1957)
  • 3 · by Run Fast, Run Far · by Robert Turner
  • 30 · by The Golden Virgin · by Harlan Ellison
  • 47 · by Sixth Kill · by Norman Struber
  • 56 · by You Worry Too Much · by Bram Norton
  • 69 · by Inspector Fleming's Last Case · by Edward D. Hoch
  • 85 · by Garbage Gravy · by Jase Ward
  • 94 · by The Beforehand Corpse · by Jay Carroll
  • 108 · by Handcuffed · by Clark Howard
  • 117 · by It's Getting Messy · by Frank Snow

Issue #4 (March 1957) · by 132 pages

Details supplied by Stephen T. Miller.

  • 3 · by The Bridey Murphy Bit · by Paul Eiden
  • 26 · by Killers Road Block · by Don L. Davis
  • 29 · by Jealous Lover [Al Diamond] · by Edward D. Hoch
  • 43 · by The Mark of the Needle · by William Sambrot
  • 51 · by The Too Perfect Crime · by Frank Elmquist
  • 55 · by A Kiss Before Death · by Duane Yarnell
  • 70 · by The Case of the French Loverboy · by Philip Perlmutter
  • 77 · by The Gentleman from Boston · by Henry Slesar
  • 89 · by Set for Life · by William F. Rohde
  • 97 · by An Armful of Murder · by Albert Simmons
  • 124 · by Dead Wives Don’t Cheat · by John Magnus

Hit Crossword Puzzles · 2 issues · by 25¢ Digest

I was lucky enough to find a copy of the first issue which had never been used. This little digest is packed with 80 pages of puzzles, which also include word scrambles, short mysteries to solve, and sudoku-style "Fill In" puzzles. The only staff listed in this was Alfred Grenet, editor.


Issue #1 (Jan. 1957)
 
You'll be a hit if you can figure out this puzzle.
#?? (May 1957)

Homicide Detective Story Magazine · 1 issue · Sept. 1956 · by 35¢ digest · becomes…

Killers Mystery Story Magazine · 3 issues · Nov. 1956–Mar. 1957 · by 35¢ digest

The indicia for this magazine read "formerly Homicide Detective Story Magazine. Associate Publisher: Marilyn Mayes

Index and info courtesy of the Crime Fiction Index, via Phil Stephensen-Payne.


Homicide Detective Story Magagzine #1 (Sept. 1956) · by 128 pages

Much of the contents of this pulp were reprinted from issues of New Detective Magazine (Jan. 1946).

  • 1 · by Don’t Turn Me In · by W. T. Ballard
  • 29 · by Stop, Look and Die · by John D. MacDonald
  • 58 · by Lifeless Hands · by Damon Knight ; possibly “Dead Hands”
  • 64 · by Door of Doom · by Charles Beckman, Jr. ; possibly “Death’s Door”
  • 74 · by Man at Bay · by Verne Chute
  • 94 · by A Time to Kill · by William Campbell Gault
  • 111 · by Die, Baby, Die · by Ken Lewis
The name of this magazine might have changed because there were other magazines titled "Homicide Detective." Left two: from 1951. Right two: published by Sterling, 1956.

Killers Mystery Story Magazine #2 (Nov. 1956)
  • 1 · by Prodigy Shamus · by Mack Reynolds
  • 21 · by The Enormous Eye · by Martin Maloney
  • 43 · by Crime Doesn't Pay · by Mal Manors
  • 59 · by The Big Good-Bye · by Carroll Mayers
  • 65 · by Fridays Menu—Murder · by Bud Kimes ("Kines" in the Table of Contents)
  • 78 · by The Big Fix · by Roy Mangum ("Ray" in the Table of Contents)
  • 115 · by The Attackers · by Matt Christopher

Killers Mystery Story Magazine #3 (Jan. 1957)
  • 3 • Tooth of the Dragon · by George Wallace Sayre
  • 55 • One Last Kiss · by H. A. DeRosso
  • 75 • Mixed Drink Murder · by Mack Reynolds
  • 107 • Devil's Idle Hand · by Raymond Drennen
  • 67 • Corpse for a Day · by Talmage Powel
  • 89 • All in the Mind · by Norman Struber
  • 100 • The Seal · by William Sambrot
  • 122 • The Second Jury · by Henry Slesar

Killers Mystery Story Magazine #4 (March 1957)
  • The Naked Corpse · by Edward D. Hoch
  • The Death Driver · by Carl Milton
  • Blonde Beautiful and Dead · by Joseph Commings
  • Jury of the Damned · by Lovina Cooper
  • Bury Me Not · by Charles E. Fritch
  • Wolf-Bait · by Jack Q. Lynn
  • The Bigamist · by Paul Eiden
  • Death Drank a Toast · by Joseph Faus
  • Hold Up Time-Table · by Don L. Davis
  • Hobo from Hell · by Larry Reid
  • Die Sucker Die · by Lester D. Klimek

+Terror: Detective Story Magazine · 4 issues · Oct. 1956–Apr. 1957 · 35¢ digest

Despite the title, the stories in Terror Detective Story Magazine displayed neither terror nor detection, but focussed instead on blatant sexual content. Despite the presence of well-known authors like Harlan Ellison, Fredric Brown and Henry Slesar, the magazine had little to recommend it and folded after four issues. Index and info courtesy of the Crime Fiction Index, via Phil Stephensen-Payne.


Issue #1 (Oct. 1956)
  • It's Been a Long, Long Crime · by Thorne Lee · by reprinted from New Detective Magazine (July 1946)
  • Fry by Night · by V. E. Thiessen · by reprinted from New Detective Magazine (June 1953)
  • See No Murder · by Fredric Brown · by reprinted from New Detective Magazine (June 1953)
  • The Hooked Crook · by Jim Harmon
  • Bad Medicine · by Lawrence Springarn
  • Seeds of Death · by Arthur Porges
  • Lady in Flight · by Rick Daniels · by reprinted from New Detective Magazine (Feb. 1946)
  • Dead Right · by Jack Bender

Issue #2 (Dec. 1956)
• 132 pp.
  • 3 · by "Murderer’s Manual." By William Vance
  • 42 · by "Bleed for Me." By John Jakes
  • 55 · by "The Hungry Hound." By Francis C. Battle
  • 59 · by "Snapshot of Murder." By Teddy Keller
  • 73 · by "Tunnel Kill." By Grover Brinkman
  • 83 · by "Never Trust a Blonde." By Philip Morgan
  • 97 · by "The Perfect Alibi." By J. M. O’Neil
  • 112 · by "Slow Slay." By Robert C. Dennis reprtined from New Detective Magazine (July 1946)
  • 127 · by "One Case Ala Carte." By Steve April

Issue #3 (Feb. 1957)
  • Gang Girl · by Harlan Ellison
  • Dead Dreams for Sale · by Day Keene
  • Murder Plays the Mutuals · by Mal Manors
  • Game of Death · by Bram Norton
  • Get Yourself Killed · by Raymond Drennen
  • Handcuffed Slayer · by Henry Slesar
  • Blood in the Stands [Simon Ark] · by Edward D. Hoch
  • Dog Walk to a Murderer · by Francis C. Battle
  • The Hitch-Hiker · by George H. Dammann
  • Lifeless Lover · by Jack Sword

Issue #4 (April 1957)
  • Blood on My Hands · by Carl Milton
  • Killer Cop · by Irwin Booth
  • Death's Lovely Mistress · by Matt Christopher
  • Crater of Fear · by Jimmy Walker
  • Laugh Till You Die · by Frank Anma
  • Bedroom Blonde · by Robert Silverberg
  • Touchdown for Murder · by Robert Turner
  • Arsenic Love Potion · by Koller Ernst
  • Execution at Eleven · by Jonathan Craig
  • Gun for Hire · by Jack Sword
  • A Job for Jerecki · by Gilbert Schechtman