Munsey's Weekly, later known as Munsey's Magazine, was a thirty-six page quarto American magazine founded by Frank A. Munsey in 1889. Munsey aimed at "a magazine of the people and for the people, with pictures and art and good cheer and human interest throughout". John Kendrick Bangs was the editor. The magazine was soon selling 40,000 copies a week. In 1891, Munsey moved to monthly publication and it was renamed Munsey's Magazine. It is credited with being the first mass-market magazine.
In October 1893, Munsey reduced the price of the magazine from 25 cents to 10 cents, which was greatly successful. By 1895, the magazine had a circulation of 500,000 a month. It included numerous illustrations (including many by the illustrator Charles Howard Johnson) and was attacked for its "half-dressed women and undressed statuary". Some outlets refused to stock the magazine as a result, but circulation continued to grow and by 1897 had reached 700,000 per month.
The circulation of the magazine began to fall in 1906, and by the 1920s was down to 60,000. In October 1929, it was merged with Argosy and immediately demerged with Argosy All-Story to form All-Story, which continued on a monthly schedule under a variety of similar titles until May 1955.
- John Kendrick Bangs (January–June, 1889)
- Richard H. Titherton (Jul 1889 – ?)
- Robert H. Davis (fiction editor 1904–1905)
- Isaac Frederick Marcosson (1910–1913)
- William Marcus MacMahon, Editor-in-Chief (??? - ???)
Full-text on-line versions available via Google Books (last accessed 2012-01-02):
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