Friday, March 4, 2011

Amazing from near the beginning to the beginning of the end

Amazing Stories May 1928
Volume 1 No 2

In the early days finding content was a problem. So Gernsback used Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe and H.G.Wells. I would guess that the actual word count, what the reader paid for, was around 125,000 words.

As the second ever issue of the first science fiction magazine, in very good condition, I estimate this copy would auction at around $2000 to $3000. If gasoline prices keep going up I may need to find me a rich Chinese to sell to.

Amazing Stories, November 2004
Issue No 605

Six hundred four issues, seventy two years 6 months and three generations later Amazing had been brought back by Paizo Publishing. Content was still a problem but Verne, Wells and Poe were just so out of it. In case you missed it, the cover had previously been used on "Rolling Stone." The magazine staggered on for four more issues and then passed from the scene.

It was time.

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