ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE (3)
global focus of EQMM has been
succinctly summarized in
when Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee were deciding how to orient their new magazine, there could not have
been any question that its outlook would be global. Both men had
cosmopolitan tastes and a knowledge of world literature. It has become part
of EQMM lore that Dannay, who soon took over the editing of the magazine,
aimed to prove, in its pages, that every great writer in history had written
at least one story that could be considered a mystery. In its first years,
EQMM contained mostly reprints by the great names of fiction of many
different countries (from within the genre and without).
While English editions of the magazine were making their way to every
corner of the earth, there were also many licensed foreign-language
editions—and even some apparently unlicensed ones—coming into print. As
translator Donald A. Yates recalls: "I went to Mexico in 1958 to survey
Mexican detective fiction for an article I was writing and
enthusiastically commented to Fred [Dannay] on an edition of EQMM I
found in Spanish in Mexico City. Turns out it was news to him. Shortly
afterward, it ceased publication. Some enterprising fellow in Mexico
City must have thought that imitation was flattery."
"A Global Focus" Janet Hutchings
|The magazine was published monthly in English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese,... and Dutch. An overview!|
|During World War II (1944-1946), issues of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine were distributed to American forces with either "Special Edition for the Armed Forces Overseas" or with "Overseas Edition for the Armed Services" printed on the cover. They were not allowed to include the advertisements from the US editions, so the opening 3 pages were typically replaced with an additional story, and sometimes an additional puzzle was added at the end.|
|An Australian reprint edition was available between Jul 1947 and Nov 1964. "Registered in Australia for transmission through the Post as a Periodical" by special arrangement between Mercury Publication Inc. New York, N.Y. USA. and the publishers Consolidated Press Ltd. Sydney (Printed by Compress Printing Ltd. Sydney Australia)|
|In the UK, EQMM got his own reprint edition. It was published, with the same name, by Mellifont Press. Starting Feb 1953 it ran until the Sep 1964 issue.|
|Mystère Magazine or Ellery Queen Mystère Magazine were the titles by which the magazine was sold in the French Language. Prices for France, Switzerland and Belgium were included on the covers. It published 343 issues between 1948 and Oct 1976 by Editions OPTA, Paris. It also published Alfred Hitchcock magazine from 1961 until 1975.|
Italian readers got to read the periodical in two
versions, one by Garzanti called
I Gialli di Ellery Queen
(1950-1956) the other
Rivista di Ellery Queen (1956-1957)
by Mondadori and was a full supplement (containing articles and short
stories) to Il Gialli Mondadori, an Italian series of mystery/crime
novels. After 1957 it became the name of a shorter supplement with the same
name was provided in each book published weekly(!) in the series Il
This publisher also had other Ellery Queen related publications such as Ellery Queen Presenta, an anthology published four times a year). Mondadori still actively publishes Ellery Queen novels each year!
Several incarnations in the German language. As
early as 1949 six issues were published by Panther (Lausanne) under the
name MM Detektiv. Distribution in
Germany was done by the book and
magazine publisher Reinhold M. Sauerwein from Frankfurt am Main. Five years
later Aufwärts Verlag from Berlin dared to try again and as of June 1954
it resulted in seven issues of
Ellery Queen's Kriminal Magazin.
As of 1961 Wilhelm Heyne Verlag from Müninch published a selection of EQMM issues in pocket format, at first as a part of their general series of publications later as a spin-off. After a few years in 1966 Heyne finally decided to give the American Digest format a try, which resulted in thirteen issues. Between 1967 and 1992 Heyne published 100 pocketbook format issues of Ellery Queen's Kriminal Magazin al numbered (sadly the numbers interfere with their regular numbering of Ellery Queen novels...)
The Portuguese version was mainly read in Brazil. Since it launch in May 1949
it was published monthly by Revista do Globo S. A., in Porto Alegre under the name Misterio Magazine. Later it was retitled to Mistério Magazine de Ellery Queen and Ellery Queen Misterio Magazine in 1974 it's last year of publication.
|In 1962-63 eight issues of the Finnish magazine Ellery Queenin jännityslukemisto were published by Gummerus. In the following years several other attempts were published Maailman parhaat jännärit (1971), Ellery Queens valitut jännärit (1977) and Ellery Queen Jännityksen Mestari (1988-1991). Each one, sadly, with limited success. In 2000 publisher Gummerus surprised us with a re-issue of their first EQMM issues (1963 series).|
|Kroki Krimi (1988-1990) a very unusual sounding EQMM incarnation in Hungarian. It also contained selected stories from Alfred Hitchock Mystery Magazine.|
|The Greek edition was published for the first time by Dioptra (ΔΙΟΠΤΡΑ) with Thanos Tataris (Θάνο Τάταρη) as editor in May 1983. It was published every 15th of the month.|
|Editions in the Spanish language are found the world over. The Chilean version was published in 1953 under the name Selecciones Ellery Queen by Zig-Zag (Santiago de Chile). Sometimes referred to as Selecciones Ellery Queen de Crimen y Misterio. (1953-1954) . It was published after an agreement with Mercury. It made the American stories more accessible and later also introduced Latin American authors.|
|The Mexican edition by Editorial Novaro was called Coleccion de Misterio Ellery Queen. (1955-1958). Initially it only had original EQMM stories in it, but also introduced a competition for aspiring writers, thus introducing Mexican stories, which both in numbers and quality, far exceeded their expectations and eventually led to a new periodical called Aventura y Misterio (Originales en Castellano) (1955).|
Spain wasn't left behind, the Spanish edition of
EQMM was first published under the name
Revista de Misterio in
1954 by Editorial Ahr-Aribau from Barcelona.
M.Y.N.E (Barcelona) published Mystery Magazine (Ellery Queen's) from 1963 until Dec 1968 (M.Y.N.E. also provided an Spanish version of AHMM.)
Finally publisher Aura (again from Barcelona) provided us with the 70s entry called Ellery Queen's Magazine de Misterio (1976-1977).
Not a magazine but in 1989 a collection of 25 stories from EQMM were published as Escenas Del Crimen, (Mestral Libros, Editoria Fragua, Valencia).
Världsdeckaren was published in Sweden
(Stockholm) in 1952-1954. It had very distinctive lovely artwork on
front and back by Olle Eksell, Fritjof Pedersén and Per Silfverhjelm. In
1968 a second attempt was made by Hemmets Journal (Malmö) this time
under the name Ellery Queen's Kriminal Pocket.
In 1968, the first Danish
Ellery Queen's Krimi Magasin
(1968-1969) was published by
Egmont. Published in digest form it produced 10 issues in '68 and 3 in
Spektrums Pocketbøger published Ellery Queen Kriminalmagasin (1969-1971)
|エラリイクイーンズミステリマガジン or EQMM was the first Japanese incarnation of the famous magazine. It was published by Tor Books between July 1956 and 1965. In July 1959 (N°37) the winner of a short-story contest was published. After this issue it became more common to include stories by Japanese authors.|
|As of January 1966 the magazine was re-titled ハヤカワ・ミステリマガジン or Hayakawa Mystery Magazine. It held on to the contractual relation with EQMM until 1977. Despite this it did maintain a partial focus on foreign authors. In 2006 it celebrated it's 50th birthday. As of May 2015 it was published every two months.|
|By the end of 1977 Kobunsha Publishing had an agreement with EQMM , which resulted in the publication of EQ a bi-monthly magazine. EQ also focused on foreign stories. In July 1999 it's run came to an end with Issue 130. Kobunsha did reboot in 2000 with Jaro (EQ Extra ジャーロ or EQ Jaro Extra) which as of May 2015 is only electronically available, 4 times per year.|
China also came up with an EQMM of their own. It was 群众出版社 (Mass Publishing House, Peking) who brought us (in 2004-2006) 16 anthologies called Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
|Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine was the Czech edition which was published between January 1996 and September 1997 by publisher Ivo Železný (aka IŽ).|
|The Dutch version of EQMM was named Ellery Queen Presenteert and only lasted a few months. It was published by the Zuid-Nederlandse uitgeverij in Antwerpen-Amsterdam and in 1962 only six, pocket sized issues were published. That's ten issues fewer than that other magazine the same publishing company provided: Alfred Hitchcock presenteert.|
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(1) A Global Focus, March/April 2011 EQMM, Janet Hutchings
(2) Checklists at Galactic Central