Argosy (magazine)

CategoriesPulp magazine
FounderFrank Munsey
Year founded1882
Final issueNovember 1978
CompanyFrank A. Munsey Company (1882–1942)
Popular Publications (1942–1978)
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Argosy, later titled The Argosy and Argosy All-Story Weekly, was an American pulp magazine from 1882[1] through 1978,[2] published by Frank Munsey until its sale to Popular Publications in 1942. It is the first American pulp magazine.[3] The magazine began as a children's weekly story–paper entitled The Golden Argosy. In the era before the Second World War, Argosy was regarded as one of the "Big Four" pulp magazines, (along with Blue Book, Adventure and Short Stories)- the most prestigious publications in the pulp market, that many pulp magazine writers aspired to publish in. [4] [5] John Clute, discussing the American pulp magazines in the first two decades of the twentieth century, has described The Argosy and its companion All-Story as "the most important pulps of their era." [6]

Launch of The Golden Argosy

The Argosy, April 1906

In late September 1882, Frank Munsey had moved to New York City to start Argosy, having arranged a partnership with a friend already in New York and working in the publishing industry, and with a stockbroker from Augusta, Maine, Munsey's previous home. Munsey put most of his money, around $500, into purchasing stories for the magazine.

Once he was in New York, the stockbroker backed out, and Munsey decided to release his New York friend from involvement, since they were now hopelessly underfunded. Munsey then pitched the magazine to a New York publisher, and managed to convince him to publish the magazine and hire Munsey as editor.[7]

The first issue was published on December 2, 1882 (dated December 9, 1882,[8] a common practice at the time), and came out weekly. The first issue was eight pages, cost five cents,[9] and included the first installments of serialized stories by Horatio Alger, Jr.,[10] and Edward S. Ellis.[9]

Other authors associated with Argosy 's early days include Annie Ashmoore, W. H. W. Campbell, Harry Castlemon, Frank H. Converse, George H. Coomer, Mary A. Denison, Malcolm Douglas, Colonel A. B. Ellis, J. L. Harbour, D. O. S. Lowell, Oliver Optic, Richard Handfield Titherington, Edgar L. Warren and Matthew White, Jr. White would become the Argosy 's editor from 1886 to 1928.[11]

Five months after the first issue, the publisher went bankrupt and entered receivership.[12] By placing a claim for his unpaid salary, Munsey managed to assume control of the magazine. It was a very unlikely financial proposition; subscriptions had been sold that had to be fulfilled, but Munsey had almost no money and credit from printers and other suppliers was impossible to come by. Munsey borrowed $300 from a friend in Maine, and managed to scrape along as he learned the fundamentals of the publishing industry.

Munsey found that targeting children had been a mistake, as they did not stay subscribed for any length of time, since they grew out of reading the magazine. Additionally, children did not have much money to spend, which limited the number of advertisers interested in reaching them.

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español: Argosy
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italiano: Argosy
日本語: アーゴシー
русский: Argosy (журнал)
svenska: Argosy