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Begun in 1952 by editor Howard Browne and publishers Ziff Davis (Z-D) as an attempt at a sophisticated and handsome digest-sized magazine, Fantastic was initially a success, and became even more so by its third issue, which featured a story attributed to the enormously popular crime fiction writer Mickey Spillane (although it was actually written by Browne.
Subsequent issues of Fantastic sold well enough for the pulp Fantastic Adventures to be merged with it in 1953; Amazing had already been reshaped to resemble Fantastic.
The title changed frequently to reflect the contents, and often varied between the cover, the spine and the masthead. Some major title changes included:
- Fantastic (1952-1955)
- Fantastic Science Fiction (1955-1958)
- Fantastic (1958-1959)
- Fantastic Science Fiction Stories (1959-1960)
- Fantastic Stories of Imagination (1960-1965)
- Fantastic (1965-1975)
- Fantastic Sword And Sorcery and Fantasy Stories (1975-1979)
- Fantastic Science Fiction (1979-1980)
- Published 1952 - 1955
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