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Thumbnail for British Story PapersBritish Story Papers as the name suggests is a uniquely British institution.

A Story Paper is a publication aimed at young boys and girls. It features text stories with illustrations. Stories covered a wide range of genres including Adventure, Mystery, Romance, School, Sport and Westerns to name just a few. They also in some cases included articles of interest such as Hobbies, Real Life Adventure and Biographies of famous personalities of the time.
Its popularity ran from the late 19th Century to just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Story Papers continued after the Second Word War but the popularity of Comic Books saw the demise of the Story Paper in the Fifties and Sixties. The last remaining Story Paper, The Rover, ceased publication in 1973.
In its heyday, between 1918 to 1939, there were over fifty magazines vying for the public's attention.
There were however two publishing giants who dominated the scene, The Amalgamated Press of London and D.C. Thomson of Dundee.
The Amalgamated Press published such well known papers as:

The Magnet, The Gem, The Nelson Lee Library, The Triumph, The Champion amongst many others.
The most famous enduring characters who emerged from these publications include Sexton Blake, Billy Bunter, Tom Merry and Nelson Lee.

D.C. Thomson as a direct competition to the huge popularity of The Magnet and The Gem produced 'The Big Five':

Adventure, The Hotspur, The Rover, The Skipper and The Wizard, along with a number of other publications.
D.C. Thomson produced more adventure based serialisations, which didn't have such well known recurring characters, however they did have, The Amazing Wilson (The Man In Black), Alf Tupper and Braddock who turn up on more than one occasion and continued into the comic strip age.

The Story Paper has long been consigned to history, but its legacy continues to delight a modern audience.
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British Story Papers

Adventure

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Categories:Mixed Bag | Children/Teenagers | School | Sports | Adventure
Publication History:Issues: 999 |  Sequence: #1 - #999 |  Dates: Sep 1921 - Jan 1961
External Links:Grand Comics Database
Adventure was published by D.C. Thomson based in Dundee, Scotland.
Adventure was the first of the 'Big Five', it ran for a total of 1878 issues between 17th September 1921 to 14th January 1961, where it then merged with 'The Rover'.
One of the Big Five boys' story papers from D.C. Thomson (Others being, The Hotspur, The Rover, The Skipper and The Wizard). Featuring illustrated stories of adventure, sports, schooldays, crime, s.f. plus jokes.
They bear no relation to the American pulps or, in fact, the British pocket libraries. They are in a class of their own being anthology story papers which appeared, for the most part, weekly and were aimed at kids and teenagers but were consumed also by many adults.
The mix of illustrated serials of many genres, a few pages every week, ensured there was something for every reader in every issue and they sold shedloads.

Boy's Cinema

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Boy's Cinema was a weekly story paper published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It ran from December 1919 to May 1940 for a total of 1063 issues.
During its twenty year run, the publication merged with the magazines Boys' Broadcast, Screen Stories and Modern Boy. The outbreak of the Second World War caused wide-spread paper rationing which lead to the ultimate demise of the publication.
As the title suggests it was a boys' comic centred on the Hollywood and British stars of the silver screen with related features and articles.
Each issue consisted of film scripts adapted to a story paper format, sometimes serialised. The films featured were mostly 'B' pictures. Covers and throughout the comic showed stills of the films.

The Boy's Own Paper

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The Boy's Own Paper was published by:

Religious Tract Society from 1879 - 1939
Lutterworth Press from 1939 - 1963
Purnell & Sons Ltd 1963 - 1965
BPC Publishing Ltd 1965 - 1967

It ran for a total of 2511 issues, making it one of the largest story papers published in the UK.
A weekly publication from 1879 to 1913, after which it was published monthly.
Intially intended as a morally uplifting boys' story paper concentrating on adventure, sport and public school life, it remains a byword to this day and ranks alongside Punch and The Strand as one of the great British institutions of periodical publishing.
In its first decade the paper unselfconsciously promoted the British Empire as the highest achievement of civilization, and reflected fully the racist attitudes which were taken for granted in Britain at the time.
Famous authors included, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, R.M. Ballantyne and Jules Verne.
Also to be noted, Talbot Baines Reed (famous for his school based stories), Gordon Stables (considered the most prominent of the English imitators of Jules Verne) and G.A. Henty (well-known for his historical based fiction).

The Boys' Friend

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The Boys' Friend was a story paper, published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London. It ran for a total of 1717 issues from 29th January 1895 until 31st December 1927, when it was merged into The Triumph. It incorporated the Dreadnought from 19th June 1915.
A popular boy's story paper which ran many adventure stories and serials which included the famous detectives Nelson Lee and Sexton Blake. Companion story papers were Boys' Herald and Boys' Realm.

The Boys' Herald

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The Boys' Herald was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on 1st August 1903 and ran for a total of 530 issues until 13th September 1913.
It changed its name to just 'The Herald' in February 1912, then to 'Cheer Boys Cheer' in May 1912 until it was superseded by 'The Boys' Journal' on 20th September 1913.
Subtitled: A Healthy Paper for Manly Boys, it featured mainly Adventure stories.
Companion paper to 'The Boys' Friend' sharing many of the same authors.

Boys' Magazine

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Boys' Magazine was a weekly story paper published by E. Hulton & Co. Ltd based at Shoe Lane, London.
It ran from 27th February 1922 to 20th January 1934 for a total of 620 issues, when it was incorporated into Champion.
Boys' Magazine itself incorporated Pals on 26th September 1923.
It was noted for its imaginative fiction and a high quota of science fiction. It contained a mixture of self-contained stories and serialised fiction.
Unusually it retained the same cover price, 2d, for its complete 12 year run.

The Boys' Realm

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The Boys' Realm was a story paper, published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on 14th June 1902 and ran until 9th February 1929 for a total of 1235 issues.
Its initial run was from 14th June 1902 to 25th March 1916 for a total of 721 issues.
It then had a three year break, presumably due to wartime paper shortage. It resumed publication on 5th April 1919 until 16th July 1927 when it underwent a name change to Boys' Realm of Sport and Adventure.
This continued until 26th January 1929 when it had a final name change for two issues to Boys' Realm of Fun and Fiction. On 16th February 1929 it became The Realm of Fun and Fiction.

A popular boys' story paper companion to The Boys' Friend and The Boys' Herald with many of the same authors. It also had a spinoff companion paper, The Boys' Realm Football (and Sports) Library which ran from 1909 - 1915 for a total of 299 issues.

The Bullseye

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The Bullseye was published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House In Farringdon Street, London.
A boy's story paper, it ran from 24th January 1931 to 21st July 1934, for a total of 183 issues.
It incorporated 'Surprise' on 18th November 1933 and was itself subsequently converted into comic format and renamed 'Film Picture Stories'.
During its run, it concentrated on producing stories with a hint of mystery and thrills.

The Captain

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The Captain was a magazine for young boys, published monthly in the United Kingdom by George Newnes from April 1899 to March 1924, for a total of 300 issues.
A 'quality' boys' magazine, almost like a junior version of the same publisher's, more famous, The Strand Magazine. The Captain was noted for its school stories and adventure yarns; authors included R. S. Warren Bell, John Buchan, Frank H. Shaw, etc.
It is perhaps best known for printing many of P. G. Wodehouse's early school stories and introduced to the world Wodehouse's enduringly popular character, Psmith.

The Champion

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The Champion was a weekly anthology story paper published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London. It ran for a total of 1729 issues between 28th January 1922 and 19th March 1955.
It incorporated Young Britain on 23rd August 1924, Boy's Magazine on 27th January 1934 and The Triumph on 1st June 1940 before finally being incorporated itself into The Tiger on 26th March 1955.
It remained a story paper throughout its run, however it did start carrying some comic strips latterly.
Its characters included Rockfist Rogan (RAF Pilot and Boxer), Ginger Nutt (The Boy Who Took The Biscuit), Johnny Fleetfoot (The Redskin Winger) and Colwyn Dane (Detective).

Chums

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Chums was a long running British Story Paper for boys. It was published from 1892 until January 1927 by Cassell & Company based at Ludgate Hill, London. From February 1927 until 1941 it was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was published weekly until 1932, then monthly from 1932 to 1934 then from 1935 until 1941 as an annual.
It ran for a total of 2101 issues. During its run it incorporated New Boys' World on 6th April 1907. It merged with Modern Boy in 1932, although monthly compilations and Annuals continued to be published until 1941.
Mainly an Adventure based magazine, it boasted such authors as G.A. Henty and P.G. Wodehouse amongst its contributors.
It is probably most famous for first publishing Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1894.

Collins Boys' Annual

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Collins Boys' Annual is published annually by Wm. Collins Sons & Co. based in Glasgow and London.
Stories are mainly of Adventure, School, Sport & War.
Very little is known of the history of this publication.
The single issue we have, features stories by Anthony Buckeridge, of Jennings fame, and David Stephen a well-known naturalist of the time, who wrote columns for 'The Scotsman' and 'The Daily Record'.

The Dreadnought

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The Dreadnought was a short-lived Boy's Story Paper, published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on March 9th 1912 and ran until June 12th 1915 for a total of 171 issues.

It had a number of name changes during its short run:
From March 9th 1912 - 19th September 1914 - as 'The Dreadnought'
From 26th September 1914 - 30th October 1914 - as 'The Dreadnought and War Pictorial'
From 7th November 1914 - 26th December 1914 - as 'The Dreadnought Boys' War Weekly'
From 2nd January 1915 - 12th June 1915 - and finally as 'The Dreadnought' again.

The numbering system is rather confusing, as after the first 12 issues it reverted to issue no. 1 again. Then it ran until issue no. 121, when it reverted to issue no. 1 again as 'The Dreadnought and War Pictorial'. After 14 issues and a further name change, the numbering reverted again to the old numbering system with issue 136, which continued until it merged with 'The Boys' Friend' in 1915.

It had the usual mixture of school and adventure stories for both boys and girls, mostly reprinted from other sources. Among the stories, it featured, Sexton Blake and both the boys Of Cliveden and Greyfriars School (both Charles Hamilton creations).

The Gem

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The Gem was a British Story Paper. Companion paper to the more famous Magnet. It was published first fortnightly then weekly in the United Kingdom by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It ran from February 1907 to December 1939 for a total of 1711 issues, when it was incorporated into The Nelson Lee Library as a result of wartime paper shortages.
It had two runs:
The first series had issues 1 - 48.
The second series had issues 1 - 1663.
It mainly featured the exploits of the boys of St. Jim's. The majority of these stories were written under the pen-name of Martin Clifford another guise of Charles Hamilton, better known as Frank Richards of Greyfriars and Billy Bunter fame.
The main characters in The Gem are Tom Merry and Arthur Augustus D'Arcy better known as Gussy.

Girls' Crystal

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Girls' Crystal was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on 26th October 1935 and ran for a total of 908 issues until 18th May 1963 when it was incorporated into 'The School Friend'.
For the first nine issues it was simply called 'The Crystal'.
During its long run it incorporated 'School Girl's Weekly' on 26th May 1939 and 'Schoolgirl' on 25th May 1940.
It featured stories of adventure, mystery, school stories & crime.
It ran as a story paper until the mid '50's, when it was transformed into a comic.

Girls' Crystal Annual

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The Girls' Crystal Annual is an offshoot of The Girls' Crystal paper, was first published in 1939 and ran until the late seventies. It was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It had the usual mix of girl's stories of adventure, mystery and stories based on strong female characters. The exception to this was the Noel Raymond series of detective stories, which unusually featured a male as the hero in a girl's annual.

Girls' Friend Library

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Girl's Friend Library was published by The Amalgamated Press.

It ran initially from November 1906 to April 1925 for 578 issues, then from May 1925 to June 1940 for a further 728 issues. It was first published monthly, then twice-monthly then finally four issues a month.

The stories were mainly reprints of ones originally printed in the Girl's Friend magazine and other Girl's magazines published by The Amalgamated Press.

Horner's Penny Stories

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Horner's Penny Stories was a small tabloid story-paper published by W.B. Horner & Son based in London.
It was first published in September 1893 and ran for a total of approximately 2,400 issues.
It ran as Horner's Penny Stories from 1893 to 1917, then as:
Horner's Penny Stories and Woman's Own from 1917 to 8th March 1919, then as:
Horner's Stories from 15th March 1919 to 5th April 1919, then as:
Horner's Stories and Woman's Own from 12th April to 28th June 1919, then finally:
Horner's Stories from 5th July 1919 until its demise in 1940.
A romantically based publication it usually featured a full length story per issue.

The Hotspur

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Categories:Adventure | Crime | Sports | School | Science Fiction | Detective
One of the Big Five boys' story papers from D.C. Thomson. Featuring illustrated stories of adventure, sports, schooldays, crime, s.f. plus jokes.
They bear no relation to the American pulps or, in fact, the British pocket libraries. They are in a class of their own being anthology story papers which appeared, for the most part, weekly and were aimed at kids and teenagers but were consumed also by many adults.
The mix of illustrated serials of many genres, a few pages every week, ensured there was something for every reader in every issue and they sold shedloads.

The Magnet

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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.

The Modern Boy

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The Modern Boy was a British Story Paper published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on 11th February 1928. It ran for a total of 610 issues. It merged with Chums on 9th July 1932 and was finally incorporated into Boy's Cinema in October 1939.
Aimed mainly at boys it not only published fiction, but articles of a practical nature, such as model making, plus features on true life stories of the time.
Well known author Captain W.E. Johns was amongst its contributors.

The Nelson Lee Library

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The Nelson Lee Library was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It ran for a total of 948 issues in four runs, between 12th June 1915 and 12th August 1933.
First Run or Old Series, ran from 12th June 1915 to 24th April 1926 for a total of 568 issues.
Second Run or New Series, ran from 1st May 1926 to 18th January 1930 for a total of 194 issues.
Third Run or Second New Series, ran from 25th January 1930 to 18th February 1933 for a total of 161 issues.
Fourth Run or Third New Series ran from 25th February 1933 to 12th August 1933 for a total of 25 issues.
After the fourth run failed to capture the public imagination, it was incorporated into The Gem Library.

Nelson Lee was a famous detective with a sidekick called Nipper. He was originally created by Maxwell Scott and first appeared in the story 'A Dead Man's Secret' in The Marvel on the 19th Sept, 1894. He also featured in a range of detective adventures in The Marvel, Union Jack, Pluck, and a number of other boys' papers. He then was featured in the Boy's Herald, the stories being written by authors other than Maxwell Scott, until 1915, when he was given his own library.
The action shifted to St Frank's School in 1917 when Nelson Lee and Nipper went undercover to avoid a death threat. Nelson Lee became House-Master and Nipper, Captain of the Fourth. The stories then became school based mysteries and adventures.

The Pilot

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The Pilot was a short-lived Boy's Story Paper. It was published weekly in the United Kingdom by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It ran from October 1935 to April 1938 for a total of 131 issues. It was then incorporated into The Wild West Weekly (UK).
Featuring illustrated stories of mainly adventure, sport, school stories & crime.

The Popular

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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.

The Ranger

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The Ranger was a British Story Paper. It was published weekly in the United Kingdom by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It featured the usual run of the mill mix, of Adventure, Sport, School Stories etc.
It ran from February 1931 to August 1933 for a total of 130 issues when it became The Ranger (New Series) in a slightly larger format.
This edition ran from August 1933 to September 1935 for a total of 112 issues. It incorporated The Pioneer in August 1934 before itself being merged with The Pilot.

The Rocket

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The Rocket was a short lived British Story Paper published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It ran from February 1923 to October 1924 when it became The Triumph.
Featuring illustrated stories of mainly adventure, crime stories, sport, school stories & westerns.

The Rover

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The Rover was published by D.C. Thomson based in Dundee, Scotland.
The Rover was the second of the 'Big Five' it was first published on 4th March 1922. It ran to a total of 1855 issues with 'Rover' in the title.
After nearly a forty year run as 'The Rover' it was merged with 'Adventure' on 21st January 1961. This title ran to 142 issues before dropping 'Adventure' from the title and reverting to 'The Rover' on 12th October 1963. It then was merged with 'The Wizard' with issue #148 on 16th November 1963.
'Rover and Wizard' was published from 23rd November 1963 when it again reverted back to 'The Rover' with issue #448 on 16th August 1969. It finally ceased publication on 13th January 1973 with issue #626.
One of the Big Five boys' story papers from D.C. Thomson (others being, Adventure, The Hotspur, The Skipper and The Wizard). Featuring illustrated stories of adventure, sports, schooldays, crime, s.f. plus jokes.
They bear no relation to the American pulps or, in fact, the British pocket libraries. They are in a class of their own being anthology story papers which appeared, for the most part, weekly and were aimed at kids and teenagers but were consumed also by many adults.
The mix of illustrated serials of many genres, a few pages every week, ensured there was something for every reader in every issue and they sold shedloads.

The School Friend

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The School Friend was a girl's story paper, published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on 17th May 1919 and ran until 27th July 1929, for a total of 532 issues.
It then changed its name to 'The Schoolgirl' and continued its run until 18th May 1940, when it was incorporated into 'Girls' Crystal'.
School Friend is a story paper best known for featuring Bessie Bunter (Billy Bunter's sister) and the girls of Cliff House School.
It was relaunched as a comic in 1950 and ran until 1965 when it was merged into 'June'.

The Schoolboys' Own Library

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Schoolboys' Own Library was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was published bi-monthly from April 1925, the tri-monthly from October 1936 until its demise in 1940, another casualty of the wartime paper shortage. It ran for a total of 411 issues.
It mainly featured stories reprinted from various other Amalgamated Press publications such as, The Nelson Lee Library, The Gem, The Magnet, The Boy's Friend and The Modern Boy amongst others. The majority being written by Charles Hamilton under his various guises (Frank Richards, Martin Clifford and Owen Conquest).

The Schoolgirl (Shurey)

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The Schoolgirl in its first incarnation was published by Shurey's Publications Ltd. based at 17 Tudor Street, London.
It was a short lived publication that ran from 21st February 1922 until 13th March 1923, for a total of only 56 issues.
Featuring mainly adventure stories for girls, it failed to capture the public's imagination and it ceased just after a year.
The title was revived by the Amalgamated Press in 1929, where it had a more successful run - see separate section for more details.

Schoolgirl's Weekly

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Schoolgirls' Weekly was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on 21st October 1922 and it ran until 20th May 1939 when it was incorporated into 'Girls' Crystal'. It had a total of 865 issues.
In 1933, it introduced Valerie Drew, Schoolgirl Detective and her faithful companion, Flash the Alsatian.
Comparisons can be made between Valerie and her more famous American counterpart - Nancy Drew. Both girls are teenagers and have a famous father who is a detective/lawyer.
The first Valerie Drew story was published in 1933, three years after the first Nancy Drew book was published, and coincidently or not, the first Valerie Drew story is entitled 'That Amazing Room of Clocks', whilst the first Nancy Drew book is entitled, 'The Secret of the Old Clock'.
The last Valerie Drew story was published in 1940 and was left unfinished, while Nancy Drew continues to this day.

The Schoolgirl

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The Schoolgirl was a British Story Paper for girls. It was published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London. It followed on from an earlier publication of the same name published by Shurey's Publications Ltd.
It ran from August 1929 to May 1940 for a total of 564 issues.
During its run it incorporated 'Schooldays' in May 1931 and 'Schoolgirls' Own' in May 1936 before itself being merged with 'Girls' Crystal'.
As the title suggests the stories are mainly school based, with many of the titles being written by Charles Hamilton under the guise of Hilda Richards. The school in this case is Cliff House which features Bessie Bunter sister of the more famous Billy Bunter.

The Schoolgirls' Own Library

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Title:The Schoolgirls' Own Library
Issues Available:3
Latest Issue:The Schoolgirls' Own Library 742 | Uploaded: Dec 11, 2014
Categories:School
Schoolgirls' Own Library was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London. The girls' equivalent of Schoolboys' Own Library.
It was first published on October 1922 and it ran until June 1940 for a total of 733 issues, before becoming another casualty of war-time paper shortages.
A second series was published between, October 1946 to September 1963, for a further total of 410 issues.
Like its companion, it consisted mainly of reprinted stories from other Amalgamated Press magazines like, School Friend, Schoolgirls' Own and Schoolgirls' Weekly.
The most popular stories were of Morcove School by Marjorie Stanton and Cliff House by Hilda Richards (Charles Hamilton).

Scoops

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Title:Scoops
Issues Available:15
Latest Issue:Scoops 18 - The Man Who Made Diamonds | Uploaded: Apr 8, 2013
Categories:Science Fiction | Adventure | Classic Tales | Monsters
Scoops is considered the first British S.F. magazine, although, at the time it was sometimes referred to as a comic. Published by Pearson, London.
This is a rare title nowadays and of great interest is that, "The Poison Belt" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is serialised from #13. The scans are from old tired, copies and the text might be difficult to read in places but the illustrations are excellent.
#1 is missing page 2 and the cover is from the internet.

Secrets and Flame

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Title:Secrets and Flame
Issues Available:2
Latest Issue:Secrets and Flame 586 | Uploaded: Apr 25, 2014
Categories:Romance
Secrets And Flame was published by John Leng & Co Ltd. Based in Fleet Street, London, then by D.C. Thomson based in Dundee.
Information regarding this publication is hard to come by, but it apparently ran from 1932 to 1990 for a total of approximately 3000 issues. During this run it dropped the 'And Flame' from the title to become just Secrets.
It featured complete stories with strong dramatic action and love interest, to appeal to working-class young women.

The Skipper

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Title:The Skipper
Issues Available:126
Latest Issue:The Skipper 537 | Uploaded: Dec 15, 2016
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Adventure | Mixed Bag | School
The Skipper was published by D.C. Thomson based in Dundee, Scotland.
The Skipper was the fourth of the 'Big Five' it was first published on 6th September 1930. It ran to a total of 544 issues until 1st February 1941.
This was the first of the 'Big Five' to cease publication, due to paper shortages during the Second World War. It had the lowest circulation of the group and was probably chosen for this reason.
Some of its more famous characters included, Captain Zoom, The Crimson Crusader & The Hooded Spy.

The Thriller

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Title:The Thriller
Issues Available:176
Latest Issue:The Thriller 203 | Uploaded: Jun 20, 2016
Categories:Crime | Detective | Masked/Mystery Men | Adventure
British weekly "pulp" featuring well written and illustrated, fast moving and atmospheric crime and mystery stories. Some well known authors and characters appeared in The Thriller incl. The Saint, Shadow, Blackshirt, Mr. Preed, J.G. Reeder. Writers incl. Charteris, Horler, Douthwaite, Edmund Snell, GH Teed, Barry Perowne, John G. Brandon, Anthony Skene.
The covers were often excellent, especially those by Arthur Jones - atmospheric, dangerous and exciting.

Tiger Tim's Weekly

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Issues Available:13
Latest Issue:Tiger Tim's Weekly 0332 | Uploaded: Sep 13, 2016
Categories:Mixed Bag | Funny Animals | Humor | Adventure
Tiger Tim's Weekly was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
Tiger Tim made his first appearance in a colour supplement to 'The World And His Wife', a weekly paper aimed at domestic servants. He then appeared as a regular in 'The Rainbow' on 14th February 1914.
Five years after this outing, he was launched with his own paper, originally called 'Tiger Tim's Tales' it ran from 1st June 1919 until 24th January 1920, when it was renamed 'Tiger Tim's Weekly'. This format ran until 12th November 1921. It was relaunched as a colour comic on the 19th November 1921, and continued as such until 18th May 1940 when it was incorporated again into 'The Rainbow'.
It ran for approximately 1100 issues and was aimed at very young children.

The Triumph

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Issues Available:46
Latest Issue:The Triumph 390 | Uploaded: Jul 31, 2014
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Adventure
The Triumph was a British Story Paper for boys. It was published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
Following on from the demise of The Rocket, it ran from October 1924 to May 1940 for a total of 814 issues.
During its long run it incorporated The Boy's Friend in January 1928, then The Gem in January 1940 for a short spell before itself being merged with The Champion.
Billed in some of its issues as 'Every Yarn's A Thriller', it featured a broad spectrum of thrilling adventure stories.

The Union Jack Library

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Title:The Union Jack Library
Issues Available:53
Latest Issue:Union Jack 1222 - The Lightning-Flash Mystery! | Uploaded: May 30, 2017
Categories:Crime | Detective
Weekly story paper "pulp". From 1903 this version carried Sexton Blake detective stories.

The Union Jack

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Title:The Union Jack
Issues Available:23
Latest Issue:The Union Jack 234 - Through Peril To Fortune | Uploaded: Jan 11, 2017
Categories:Adventure | Jungle | Mixed Bag
Union Jack was published by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
This first run was originally published on 1st January 1880 to 25th September 1883, for a total of 193 issues.
The paper focused on adventure stories set around The British Empire or based at sea.
It was superseded by The Union Jack Library.

The Wizard

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Issues Available:250
Latest Issue:The Wizard 0247 | Uploaded: Aug 1, 2017
Categories:Adventure | Crime | Science Fiction | Sports | School | Science Fiction
One of the Big Five boys' story papers from D.C. Thomson. Featuring illustrated stories of adventure, sports, schooldays, crime, s.f. plus jokes. This paper ran from Sep 1922 for 1970 issues. The run ended in Nov. 1963.
They bear no relation to the American pulps or, in fact, the British pocket libraries. They are in a class of their own being anthology story papers which appeared, for the most part, weekly and were aimed at kids and teenagers but were consumed also by many adults.
The mix of illustrated serials of many genres, a few pages every week, ensured there was something for every reader in every issue and they sold shedloads.

Young Britain

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Title:Young Britain
Issues Available:2
Latest Issue:Young Britain 113 - Treasure Trail | Uploaded: Jun 14, 2013
Categories:Children/Teenagers | School | Sports | Adventure
Young Britain was published weekly by The Amalgamated Press based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.
It was first published on 14th June 1919 until 17th November 1923, when it becomes Young Britain (New Series). It had a total of 232 issues.
It had the usual mixture of school, adventure and mystery stories for both boys and girls.
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