The Magnet was published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was published on 15th February 1908 until 18th May 1940. Originally as The Magnet Library it dropped Library from its title on 10th August 1929. It ran for a total of 1683 issues. It was incorporated into the 'Knockout'.
The Magnet is the most famous of the boys' school papers and is the home of the legendary Billy Bunter (fat, lazy, scheming, teller of porkies and snaffler of other chaps' grub), The Famous Five, Quelch and all the characters of Greyfriars School. As the years go on, the stories start to occasionally involve criminals, adventures, and eventually, there are the classic Christmas tales involving kidnappings, snow (it always snows at Christmas in the Magnet's world), mysteries, haunted houses, ghosts and always, the hilarious escapades of Billy Bunter.