A. A. Wyn's Magazine Publishers

Magazine Publishers was a pulp magazine publishing house established by Harold Hersey and later owned by A. A. Wyn in 1929. Under Wyn, it was known as "Ace Magazines", hence titles such as Ace Mystery and Ace Sports. They also used the name "Periodical House", and also branched out to publishing comic books as Ace Comics. In the 1940s the company also began publishing books.

In 1952 Wyn founded Ace Books, and by the mid-fifties Wyn had sold most or all of his hardback rights, and may also have ceased publishing magazines by that time to focus on Ace Books.

Magazines

  • Ace Detective Magazine
  • Ace Mystery
  • Ace Sports
  • Detective-Dragnet (later changed to Ten Detective Aces)
  • Flying Aces (later became Flying Models and sold off)
  • Love Fiction Weekly
  • Secret Agent X
  • Western Trails

Pulp Heroes

A. A. Wyn

Aaron A. Wyn (May 22, 1898 – November 3, 1967), born Aaron Weinstein, was an American publisher.

Wyn's father was Jacob Weinstein, born in 1864 in Russia. His mother, Rebecca Weinstein, was born in 1865 in Russia. The Weinsteins married in 1883 in Russia and had four children, two of whom died young. The family came to America in 1891, where Jacob worked as a cigar packer. Six more children were born in New York City. Jacob became a naturalized alien citizen in 1913.

After graduating in June 1916 from public high school in the Bronx, Aaron took on the name "Aaron A. Wyn, and it was under this name that he enrolled as a Freshman at City College of New York (C.C.N.Y.) in the fall of 1916.

Wyn did not finish college, but in 1919 he got work as a proof reader in the printing industry. By 1930 he was editing pulp magazines for Harold Hersey's Magazine Publishers, in associates with Warren A. Angel. When Hersey departed the company in the summer of 1929, Wyn, after a brief interlude from Harold S. Goldsmith, took charge of the company. Hersey's swastika logo was dropped to be replaced by an ace of spades playing card symbol.

Wyn's company took on the brand names Ace Magazines, Periodical House, and A. A. Wyn's Magazine Publishers. Assisted by his wife, Rose Schiffman Wyn, whom he had married in 1926, he produced titles such as Detective-Dragnet (later changed to Ten Detective Aces), Western Trails, Secret Agent X, and Love Fiction Monthly.

Wyn also published comics between 1940 and 1956 under the Ace Comics name. Some of these were edited by Rose Wyn. Titles included Super-Mystery Comics, Four Favorites, Crime Must Pay the Penalty, and Baffling Mysteries.

Wyn branched out into book publishing in 1945. He founded Ace Books, which specialized in genre paperback books, in 1952.

Wyn was famous for paying his authors as little as he could get away with, which prompted David McDaniel to encode a comment on Wyn into one of his The Man from U.N.C.L.E. novelizations, The Monster Wheel Affair. The first letters of each chapter's title in the book's table of contents, when lined up, spell out "A.A. Wyn is a tightwad".Wyn remained an observant Jew all of his life. In 1966 he contributed $50,000 to the New York Federation of Reformed Synagogues in support of a Counseling Center for Teenage Drug Addicts.

Ace Books

Ace Books is an American specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy books. The company was founded in New York City in 1952 by Aaron A. Wyn and began as a genre publisher of mysteries and westerns. It soon branched out into other genres, publishing its first science fiction (sf) title in 1953. This was successful, and science fiction titles outnumbered both mysteries and westerns within a few years. Other genres also made an appearance, including nonfiction, gothic novels, media tie-in novelizations, and romances. Ace became known for the tête-bêche binding format used for many of its early books, although it did not originate the format. Most of the early titles were published in this "Ace Double" format, and Ace continued to issue books in varied genres, bound tête-bêche, until 1973.

Ace, along with Ballantine Books, was one of the leading science fiction publishers for its first ten years of operation. With the death of owner A. A. Wyn in 1967, however, the company's fortunes began to decline. Two prominent editors, Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr, left in 1971, and in 1972 Ace was sold to Grosset & Dunlap. Despite financial troubles, there were further successes, particularly with the third Ace Science Fiction Specials series, for which Carr was the editor. Further mergers and acquisitions resulted in the company becoming a part of Berkley Books. Ace then became an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).

Ace Magazines (comics)

Ace Magazines was a comic-book and pulp-magazine publishing company headed by Aaron A. Wyn and his wife Rose Wyn. The Wyns had been publishing pulp fiction under the Periodical House and A. A. Wyn's Magazine Publishers names since 1928, and published comics between 1940 and the end of 1956.

Its most successful and longest-running superhero title was Super-Mystery Comics featuring Magno the Magnetic Man and his boy partner Davey,who appeared in 28 issues of the title's 48-issue run. Horror comics included Baffling Mysteries, Hand of Fate and Web of Mystery, while their contribution to the crime comics was Crime Must Pay the Penalty (the title later shortened to Penalty for the final two issues). Ace's longest running series were the company's romance comics Glamorous Romances, Love At First Sight, Love Experiences and Real Love, which began in the late 1940s as the superhero books faded away, and continued until the company ceased publishing comic books in 1956. Other long running romance titles such as Complete Love Magazine and Ten Story Love began as pulp-magazine titles before switching to comics format in the early 1950s.A number of Ace stories were used as examples of violent and gruesome imagery in the 1950s U.S Congressional inquiries into the influence of comic books on juvenile delinquency that led to the Comics Code Authority, namely Challenge of the Unknown #6, Crime Must Pay the Penalty #3 and Web of Mystery #19. Western Adventures Comics #3 was used as an example in Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, and in the United Kingdom Atomic War #4, Beyond #18 and World War III #2 were cited as examples by Geoffrey Wagner's 1954 book on the same subject, Parade of Pleasure — A Study of Popular Iconography in the U.S.A.

Although characters with the same names as Ace Comics characters have appeared elsewhere (most notably Jack Kirby's Captain Victory in an early 1980s series, and several DC Comics villains called the Black Spider), after the early 1950s all their characters remained unused until 2008, when Lash Lightning and Lightning Girl appeared in flashback in Dynamite Entertainment’s Project Superpowers. In the one-shot Project Superpowers: Chapter Two Prelude, it was stated that the two of them will appear in this line as part of a team called The Super-Mysterymen (presumably named after the Ace title Super-Mystery Comics).

Harry Steeger

Henry "Harry" Steeger III (May 26, 1903, New York City - December 25, 1990) co-founded Popular Publications in 1930, one of the major publishers of pulp magazines, with former classmate Harold S. Goldsmith. Steeger handled editorial matters while Goldsmith took care of the business side. Both were veterans of the pulp magazine business. Steeger had edited war pulps at Dell Publishing while Goldsmith had served as an editor at A. A. Wyn's Magazine Publishers.

Steeger's new firm launched four titles which debuted on the newsstands with cover dates of October 1930. Battle Aces was the only title to survive and more titles were produced with the ensuing months.

With Horror Stories and Terror Tales, Steeger started the "Shudder Pulp" genre. Albeit short lived, this genre was responsible for some of the most striking cover art of the pulp era. The over-the-top stories of torture and tittilation however, led the public look down on the fiction found in pulp magazines.

Steeger also edited (anonymously) the last issues of Black Mask.

Pulp magazine

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. In contrast, magazines printed on higher-quality paper were called "glossies" or "slicks". The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7 inches (18 cm) wide by 10 inches (25 cm) high, and 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges.

The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction in reference to run-of-the-mill, low-quality literature. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were best known for their lurid, exploitative, and sensational subject matter. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps"; pulp magazines often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters, such as Flash Gordon, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Phantom Detective.

Wyn

Wyn is a Welsh surname and given name. Notable people with the name include:

A. A. Wyn (1898–1967), born Aaron Weinstein, was an American publisher (A. A. Wyn's Magazine Publishers)

Aled Wyn Davies (born 1974), classical tenor from Powys, Wales

Alun Wyn Davies, Welsh rugby union footballer

Alun Wyn Jones (born 1985), Welsh rugby union footballer

Cerith Wyn Evans (born 1958), conceptual artist, sculptor and film maker

Dyfed Wyn-Evans (born 1969), baritone opera singer who grew up in Wales

Eirug Wyn (1950–2004), Welsh satirical novelist who wrote in Welsh

Eliseus Williams (Eifion Wyn) (1867–1926), Welsh language poet

Elizabeth Wyn Wood (1903–1966), Canadian sculptor, born in Orillia

Emyr Wyn Lewis (born 1982), Welsh rugby union footballer

Eurig Wyn (born 1944), Welsh politician

Geraint Wyn Davies (born 1957), Welsh-Canadian actor

Hedd Wyn (1887–1917), Merionethshire farmer and Welsh language poet of World War I

Ieuan Wyn Jones, AM (born 1949), leader of Plaid Cymru, Deputy First Minister

Llewelyn Wyn Griffith (1890–1977), Welsh novelist

Nesta Wyn Ellis, Welsh politician and writer

Owen Wyn Owen, automobile restorer and mechanic

Percy Wyn-Harris (born 1903), English mountaineer, political administrator, and yachtsman

Wyn Belotte (born 1984), Canadian soccer player

Wyn Calvin (born 1926), veteran Welsh comedian and entertainer

Wyn Cooper, American poet

Wyn Davies (born 1942), former professional Welsh football player

Wyn Davies (conductor) a Welsh conductor

Wyn Jones (born 1953), Welsh politician, Plaid Cymru member

Wyn Morris (1929–2010), Welsh conductor

Wyn Roberts, Baron Roberts of Conwy (born 1930), Welsh Conservative politician

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