The Popular was a British weekly story paper for boys. Originally published as The Penny Popular, the penny was dropped from the title when the price went up to two-pence. It was a companion paper to The Penny Wonder, which published more sinister stories.
It was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
As The Penny Popular it was published from October 1912 to March 1918 for a total of 286 issues. In this format it was incorporated into The Boy's Friend.
The Popular was published from January 1919 to February 1931 for a total of 628 issues. It was then incorporated into The Ranger.
It featured many stories by Charles Hamilton writing under the pseudonyms of Frank Richards for the Greyfriars stories and as Martin Clifford and Owen Conquest for general boy's adventure stories. It also reprinted a number of the Sexton Blake stories from The Union Jack.