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====Popular Publications Inc.====

[[SteegerHenry Henry "Harry" Steeger]] founded Popular Publications Inc. in 1930. The company went on to become one of the three top pulp publishers, with such titles as //[[DustyAyres Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds]]//, //[[Operator5 Operator #5]]//, //[[SpiderThe The Spider]]//, //[[GeeEight G-8 and His Battle Aces]]//, //[[DimeDetective Dime Detective]]// and //[[DimeMystery Dime Mystery Magazine]]//.

===Background===
[[SteegerHenry Henry Steeger]], an editor at [[DellPublishing Dell Publishing Co.]], and partner Harold Goldsmith, of [[AcePublications Ace Publications]], put up $5,000 each and founded Popular Publications in 1930.

[[SteegerHenry Steeger]] took the reins as editor, while Goldsmith handled the business end of Popular.

By fall of that year, Popular had four titles on the newsstands: //[[BattleAces Battle Aces]]//, //[[DetectiveActionStories Detective Action Stories]]//, //[[GangWorld Gang World]]// and //[[WesternRangers Western Rangers]]//. A year later, Popular introduced its //[[BlackMask Black Mask]]// clone, //[[DimeDetective Dime Detective]]//. Sales of //[[DimeDetective Dime Detective]]// took off.

Within five years, Popular was among the top pulp magazine publishers, with hits that included //[[GeeEight G-8 and His Battle Aces]]//, //[[Operator5 Operator #5]]//, //[[SpiderThe The Spider]]//, //[[DimeMystery Dime Mystery]]//, //[[HorrorStories Horror Stories]]//, //[[TerrorTales Terror Tales]]// and //[[DimeWestern Dime Western]]//.

Acquisitions provided Popular with several key magazines. In 1934, Popular purchased //[[AdventureMagazine Adventure]]// from Ridgway. In 1940, //[[BlackMask Black Mask]]// joined the Popular lineup. In ’43, Popular bought //[[Argosy Argosy]]// from [[MunseyFrankA Munsey]]. In 1949, [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] canceled its pulp line and by 1952 had sold //[[DetectiveStoryMagazine Detective Story Magazine]]// and //[[WesternStoryMagazine Western Story Magazine]]// to Popular.

But like [[StreetandSmith Street]], Popular found itself succumbing to the fading pulp market and halted its pulp publications in the mid-’50s. //[[Argosy Argosy]]// and //[[AdventureMagazine Adventure]]// remained on the newsstands but in substantially different formats than their all-fiction past.

===Divisions===
Popular published pulp magazines under its Popular Publications imprint, as well as these:
~- All Fiction Field
~- American Fiction
~- Fictioneers
~- New Publications
~- Recreational Reading

===Selected publications===
Among the pulps published by Popular Publications, or its subsidiaries, were (with their debut dates):
~- //[[DimeDetective Dime Detective]]// (1931)
~- //[[DimeMystery Dime Mystery Magazine]]// (1932)
~- //[[SpiderThe The Spider]]// (1933)
~- //[[GeeEight G-8 and His Battle Aces]]// (1933)
~- //[[Operator5 Operator #5]]// (1934)
~- //[[AdventureMagazine Adventure]]// (1934)
~- //[[DustyAyres Dusty Ayres and His Battle Aces]]// (1934)
~- //[[WuFangTheMysterious The Mysterious Wu Fang]]// (1935)
~- //[[AceHighWestern Ace High Western]]// (1936)
~- //[[OctopusThe The Octopus]]// (1939)
~- //[[BlackMask Black Mask]]// (purchased in 1940)
~- //[[Argosy The Argosy]]// (purchased from [[MunseyFrankA Frank A. Munsey Co.]] in 1943)

===Outside links===
~- [[http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/rbk/faids/popular.html New York Public Library’s Popular Publications files]]

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