Ace Magazines

1940 - 1956
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
17
Brand Groups:
2
Brand Emblems in Use:
2

Total Number of Series:
48
Total Number of Issues:
668
Show Covers by Month:
using on-sale date or using publication date
Notes:
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. Magno is nearly unique among superheroes for having neither an origin for his powers or any apparent secret identity. 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.
Keywords
pulp magazines
Series Year # Issues Covers Published
All Love [m] 1949 6 issues (6 indexed) Have 6 (Need 1) July 1949 - May 1950
All Love Romances [m] 1949 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery May 1949
All Romances [m] 1949 6 issues (5 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) August 1949 - August 1950
Andy Comics [m] 1948 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery June 1948 - August 1948
Atomic War! [m] 1952 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery November 1952 - April 1953
Baffling Mysteries [m] 1951 22 issues (22 indexed) Gallery November 1951 - October 1955
Banner Comics [m] 1941 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery September 1941 - January 1942
The Beyond [m] 1950 30 issues (30 indexed) Have 30 (Need 1) November 1950 - January 1955
Captain Courageous Comics [m] 1942 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery March 1942
Challenge of the Unknown [m] 1950 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery September 1950
Complete Love Magazine [m] 1951 34 issues (34 indexed) Gallery May-June 1951 - September 1956
Crime Must Pay the Penalty [m] 1948 46 issues (46 indexed) Gallery February 1948 - July 1955
Dotty [m] 1948 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery June 1948 - May 1949
Ernie Comics [m] 1948 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery September 1948 - March 1949
Four Favorites [m] 1941 32 issues (32 indexed) Gallery September 1941 - December 1947
Four Teeners [m] 1948 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery April 1948
Fun Time [m] 1953 4 issues (3 indexed) Gallery Spring 1953 - Winter 1953-1954
Glamorous Romances [m] 1949 50 issues (50 indexed) Gallery July 1949 - October 1956
The Hand of Fate [m] 1951 19 issues (19 indexed) Gallery December 1951 - December 1954
Hap Hazard Comics [m] 1944 24 issues (23 indexed) Have 24 (Need 1) Summer 1944 - February 1949
Heroes of the Wild Frontier [m] 1956 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery January 1956 - April 1956
Indian Braves [m] 1951 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery March 1951 - September 1951
Lightning Comics [m] 1940 10 issues (10 indexed) Gallery December 1940 - June 1942
Love at First Sight [m] 1949 43 issues (43 indexed) Gallery October 1949 - November 1956
Love Experiences [m] 1949 5 issues (4 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) October 1949 - June -July 1950
Love Experiences [m] 1951 34 issues (34 indexed) Gallery April 1951 - June 1956 (August 1956)
Men Against Crime [m] 1951 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery February 1951 - October 1951
Monkeyshines Comics [m] 1944 27 issues (25 indexed) Gallery Summer 1944 - July 1949
Mr. Risk [m] 1950 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery October 1950 - December 1950
Our Flag Comics [m] 1941 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery August 1941 - April 1942
Penalty [m] 1955 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery October 1955 - January 1956
Real Life Secrets [m] 1949 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery September 1949
Real Love [m] 1949 52 issues (52 indexed) Gallery April 1949 - November 1956
Real Secrets [m] 1949 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery November 1949 - May 1950
Revealing Romances [m] 1949 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery September 1949 - August 1950
Science Comics [m] 1946 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery January 1946 - September 1946
Scream Comics [m] 1944 19 issues (17 indexed) Gallery Autumn 1944 - April 1948
Space Action [m] 1952 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery June 1952 - October 1952
Super-Mystery Comics [m] 1940 48 issues (48 indexed) Gallery July 1940 - July 1949
Sure-Fire Comics [m] 1940 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery June 1940 - October 1940
Ten-Story Love [m] 1951 34 issues (34 indexed) Gallery June-July 1951 - September 1956
Trapped! [m] 1954 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery October 1954 - April 1955
Vicky Comics [m] 1948 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery October 1948 - June 1949
War Heroes [m] 1952 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery May 1952 - April 1953
Web of Mystery [m] 1951 29 issues (29 indexed) Gallery February 1951 - September 1955
Western Adventures [m] 1948 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery October 1948 - August-September 1949
Western Love Trails [m] 1949 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery November 1949 - March 1950
World War III [m] 1952 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery March 1952 - May 1953