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Fantastic Novels was an American science fiction and fantasy pulp magazine published by the Munsey Company of New York from 1940 to 1941, and by Popular Publications from 1948 to 1951. It was launched as a bimonthly companion magazine to Famous Fantastic Mysteries in response to heavy demand for book-length reprints of stories from pulp magazines such as Amazing Stories and Argosy. It ran science fiction and fantasy classics from earlier decades, including novels by A. Merritt, George Allan England, Victor Rousseau and others, and occasionally published reprints of more recent work, such as Earth's Last Citadel by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore. There were five issues in the magazine's first incarnation and another twenty in the revived version from Popular Publications, along with seventeen Canadian and two British reprints. Mary Gnaedinger edited both series; her interest in reprinting Merritt's work helped make him one of the better-known fantasy writers of the era. (Full article...)

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Theatrical poster for a 1901 production of Ben-Hur, a theatrical adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880). Written by William W. Young and produced by Marc Klaw and A. L. Erlanger, the Broadway show, which first premiered in 1899, made elaborate use of spectacle over its six acts. As with the novel before it, it told the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian.

Lithograph: Strobridge Lith. Co; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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