This lot contains a complete run of all 111 issues of Thrilling Wonder Stories and 5 issues of Wonder Stories Annual.
Thrilling Wonder Stories was the continuation, after a brief gap, of Hugo Gernsback's Wonder Stories and ran from 1936 to 1955. Under the editing of Mort Weisinger, who later went on to become the major editor of Superman during the silver age, Thrilling Wonder ran a number of popular series, notably John W Campbell Jr's Penton and Blake stories, Arthur K Barnes's Gerry Carlyle stories and the Hollywood on the Moon series by prolific contributor Henry Kuttner.
Thrilling Wonder Stories shaped a new generation of writers, who in many cases had no prior writing experience of any kind; it was part of a "forcing ground," according to Isaac Asimov, where young writers learned their trade. When Sam Merwin, Jr. took over as editor in 1945 it published further noteworthy stories, including many from Murray Leinster, A. E. van Vogt's The Weapon Shops of Isher (February 1949), James Blish's "Let the Finder Beware!" (December 1949) and Leigh Brackett's "Sea-Kings of Mars" (June 1949). Ray Bradbury, whose first solo short story appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1943, was a regular contributor, as was Jack Vance, who also made his debut in its pages with "The World-Thinker" (Summer 1945).
The average condition is Good to Very Good with some Good or Fine.
This is a rare opportunity to collect the whole run of an iconic pulp series.