At PulpFest last summer, Walker Martin found a copy of WILD WEST WEEKLY that was issued in the United Kingdom. We'd always known that the magazine had an English counterpart, but I for one had never seen one. One of the ads in this issue advertises a future issue in which Sonny Tabor, one of my grandfather's heroes, would appear. Walker, being the generous person he is, gave me this copy as a gift.
Then, last weekend my aunt showed me a box full of WILD WEST magazines that were issued in the United Kingdom in the late 1930s - most of them 1938-39.
There are many distinct differences between the US version and the US. The magazine was called WILD WEST instead of WILD WEST WEEKLY, was bedsheet size and the exterior cover art is totally different than the US counterparts. The contents appear to be an average of 8 to 10 stories, but none of the issues have a Table of Contents. None of the stories have a byline; so no authors are given credit for their stories. Zero.
The most interesting difference to me was that Sonny Tabor ends up as "Sonny Taylor" in the UK version (even though they advertised it as Sonny Tabor earlier.)
For those of you who are interested, the publisher, as indicated on the back, was The Amalgamated Press, Ltd., and the printer was The Sun Engraving Company.
Here are more scans of just a fraction of the collection. Unfortunately my scanner isn't big enough to capture the entire cover, but you get the idea. The art work ranges from quite striking to bizarre.
So the WILD WEST WEEKLY adventure continues.
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