Action Stories

Action Stories
EditorUnknown pre-october 1935

J. F. Byrne (October 1935-June 1936)
Malcolm Reiss (August 1936-Spring 1949)

Unknown post-spring 1949
CategoriesPulp magazine
FrequencyMonthly (September 1921–December 1932)

Irregular (November 1933–March 1934)
Bi-monthly (June 1934–June 1936)
Monthly (August 1936–January 1937)
Bi-monthly (February 1937–April 1943)

Quarterly (Summer 1943-Fall 1950)
First issueSeptember 1921
Final issueFall 1950
CompanyFiction House

Action Stories was a multi-genre pulp magazine published between September 1921 and Fall 1950, with a brief hiatus at the end of 1932.

As an adventure pulp,[1] it did not feature the horror and science fiction of some other pulp magazines. Instead, it focused on real-world adventure stories—at first mostly westerns, but branching out into sports fiction, war stories and adventures in exotic countries by 1937.[2]

Writers whose work appeared in Action Stories included Robert E. Howard,[3] Walt Coburn,[4] Morgan Robertson (a number of his stories were posthumously published here), Horace McCoy, Theodore Roscoe, Greye La Spina, Anthony M. Rud, Thomas Thursday and Les Savage, Jr..


  1. ^ Amazing Tales - The Graphic Design of the Pulps Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 11 October 2007
  2. ^ Note made by contents for August 1937 Archived November 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 18 October 2007
  3. ^ Paul Herman, "Introduction" to The Complete Action Stories by Robert E. Howard. Wildside Press LLC, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8095-1125-9 (pp.7-9)
  4. ^ The Western Story: A Chronological Treasury by Jon Tuska. University of Nebraska Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-8032-9439-4 (p. xxviii)
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русский: Action Stories