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The Boy's Own Paper, front page, 11 April 1891
The Boy's Own Paper, front page, 11 April 1891

Magazines intended for boys fall into one of three classifications. These are comics which tell the story by means of strip cartoons; story papers which have several short stories; and pulp magazines which have a single, but complete, novella in them. The latter were not for the younger child and were often detective or western in content and were generally greater in cost. Several titles were published monthly whereas the other two categories were more frequent.

Selected publications

Story papers

  • Adventure
  • Aldine Adventure Library
  • The Boys’ Friend (1895 to 1927)
  • Boys’ Fun
  • The Boys’ Herald
  • Boys’ Journal
  • The Boys’ Leisure Hour
  • Boys’ Magazine
  • Boys of the Empire
  • Boys of England (1866 to 1899)
  • The Boy’s Own Magazine (1855 to 1890)
  • Boy's Own Paper (1879 to 1967)
  • The Boys’ Realm
  • The Bullseye
  • The Champion
  • Chums (1892 to 1934)
  • Detective Weekly
  • Every Boy’s Magazine (from 1862)
  • The Gem (1907 to 1940)
  • The Greyfriars Herald
  • The Halfpenny Marvel
  • The Magnet (1908 to 1940)
  • The Marvel
  • The Modern Boy
  • Nelson Lee Library
  • Oracle
  • The (Penny) Popular
  • Pluck
  • Schoolboys’ Own Library
  • The Skipper
  • The Thriller
  • The Triumph
  • The Union Jack
  • The Vanguard (1907 to 1909)
  • Young Britain
  • The Young Englishman
  • The Wizard

The Big Five (Tuppenny Bloods)

  • Thomson's Adventure (1921 to 1961
  • Thomson's Hotspur (1933 to 1959) – Red Circle School stories
  • Thomson's Rover (1922 to 1961)
  • Thomson's Skipper (1930 to 1941)
  • Thomson's Wizard (1922 to 1963)

Comics

  • Thomson's The Beano (1938 to present) – strip comic
  • The Champion (1939–45 at least; 1922 to 1955 probably)
  • Thomson's The Dandy (1937 to 2012) – strip comic
  • Eagle (1950 to 1994, with a gap) – strip comic
  • Tiger (1954 to 1985) – strip comic

Other

  • Modern Wonder; later Modern World (1937 to 1941)
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