Fantastic Adventures was published by Ziff-Davis based in New York. It ran from May 1939 to March 1953 for a total of 129 issues.
It consisted mainly of Fantasy and Science Fiction based stories.
The cover art, mostly tended to focus on beautiful women in dramatic situations. A regular cover artist was H.W. McCauley, whose covers were popular with the readers. However the magazine did receive some criticism over his portrayals of attractive and often partially clothed women.
The majority of stories were written by a small group of writers who wrote under house names. They include, William P. McGivern, David Wright O'Brien, Don Wilcox, Chester S. Geier, Rog Phillips, Leroy Yerxa, Robert Moore Williams, Robert Bloch and Berkeley Livingston. They did however also source stories from outside writers, who include August Derleth and L. Ron Hubbard.