The Wonder Stories series of titles were founded by Hugo Gernsback, who is credited with creating the first magazine entirely devoted to science-fiction, "Amazing Stories" first published April 1926. Unfortunately, three years later Gernsback's publishing company was forced into bankruptcy, and he lost control of the title.
Undaunted, Gernsback soon published three new pulp magazines: Air Wonder Stories, Science Wonder Stories and Science Wonder Quarterly.
Before he launched, Gernsback mailed letters announcing the new magazines. The lists he used bore an uncanny resemblance to the subscription lists of Amazing Stories, which due to the bankruptcy were no longer his property!
Over the next seven years Gernsback's Wonder Stories appeared in various guises, but always with his claim that the reading of science fiction held great educational benefits giving "the pupil a fundamental knowledge of science and aviation."