Developed in the 1890s and lasting into the 1950s, the "pulp" magazine (called pulp due to the kind of paper used) format was a low-cost means of delivering fiction short stories to the masses. In many ways, the pulp magazine was a predecessor to the comic book of today and several famous comic book heroes got their start in pulp magazines.
Famous Fantastic Mysteries was first issued in 1939 but introduced few original works. It is better known for republishing stories controlled by Frank A. Munsey Co., its publisher. Many of the stories had appeared years, sometimes decades earlier in such pulp magazines as The Argosy and The All-Story Magazine.
This October 1939 issue includes the following stories:
The Moon Pool by A. Merritt
Space Station No. 1 by Manly Wade Wellman
The Whimpus by Todd Robbins
Karpen the Jew by Robert Neal Leath
The Girl in the Golden Atom by Ray Cummings
The Witch-Makers by Donald Wandrei
Blind-Man's Buff by J.U. Giesy
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