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, the opening 3 pages were typically replaced with an additional story, or sometimes an additional puzzle 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). According to one 1954 newspaper article it sold 18,720,000 copies since publication began in 1947.|
|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
Mystère Magazine for short was the title by which the
magazine was sold in the French Language. Hence prices for France, Switzerland and
Belgium were included on the covers. It published 343 issues between 1948 and
Oct 1976 by Editions OPTA, Paris which also published Alfred Hitchcock
magazine from 1961 until 1975.
Georges Rieben is best known as the founder, in 1972, of the "Le Prix Mystère de la critique", a prize awarded to this day to the best French and foreign detective story. In December 1969, Georges Rieben, together with three friends, was asked to take over from Maurice Renault who was then in charge of Ellery Queen Mystère Magazine. Renault had been seriously ill for several years and the magazine's sales suffered. The three friends were, Luc Geslin (film photographer), Jean-Claude Guilbert (writer, journalist), and Bernard Rapp (television and film). Soon only Luc Geslin was left, who took over as editor, his task mainly consisted of selecting the short stories and having them translated, if necessary. Under Rieben's impulse, Mystère Magazine revived for a short time. After Daniel Domange, the director of the OPTA publishing house, died in a plane crash in 1971, the company came under poor management and was eventually liquidated in December 1981. By then Mystère Magazine already released its last issue in Oct 1976.
Together with Luc Geslin, Rieben tried to make a new start with Magazine du Mystère (Editions Trega, Toulouse). Without the collaboration of EQMM, an attempt was made, at least visually, to give the impression that this magazine was a continuation of Mystère Magazine (see 2 pictures in the middle below). It turned out to be in vain, according to Rieben mainly due to a lack of professional distribution service, as this initiative ended after publication of its 12th issue (which were published between Nov/Dec 1976 and 1978).
In December 1981 the first issue of what was to become the second series of Mystère Magazine Ellery Queen (Editions D'Iéna, Paris) was published with Luc Geslin as editor-in-chief and Marc Bourgès-Maunoury as director. George Rieben was part of the editorial team. It is the only known issue of this series...
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 (1/1988 - 10/1990) a very unusual sounding EQMM incarnation in Hungarian. It also contained selected stories from Alfred Hitchock Mystery Magazine.|
|The Greek edition Περιοδικό Έλλερυ Κουήν was published for the first time by Dioptra (ΔΙΟΠΤΡΑ) with Thanos Tataris (Θάνο Τάταρη) as publisher and Giannis Karastathis (Γιάννη Καραστάθη) as editor in May 1983. It was published every 15th of the month. It continued it's run, at least until Jan 1984.|
|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. This magazine seems to have failed in the function of stimulating other writers to produce police fictions; ostensibly because the contractual terms with the American editor of the magazine required that only stories that appeared in the original English edition be used.|
|The Mexican edition by Editores Novaro (San Bartolo Naucalpan) was called Coleccion de Misterio Ellery Queen. (1955-1957). It had a circulation of 20,000 copies and finished printing on December 30, 1957. 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).|
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. s.a. (Barcelona) published Mystery Magazine (Ellery Queen's) from 1963 until Dec 1968. This time subtitled as "la revista de misterio mas leída del mundo" M.Y.N.E. s.a. also provided a Spanish version of AHMM. It also worked together with EQMM to regularly publish anthologies (Antologia...)
Edited by Martin Renaud and printed monthly in Argentina the Spanish
edition, simply called Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
(Los Mejores Cuentos
Policiales Del Mundo) started
in December 1975, although ambitious at 160 pages and 30000
copies (!) the attempt by Ed. Orion ended with it's eleventh publication in October
1976. Reportedly it's final editions were renamed Ellery
Queen's Crimen y Misterio.
Finally publisher Aura (Barcelona) provided us with the 70s entry called Ellery Queen's Magazine de Misterio (Los Mejores Relatos Policiales Del Mundo) (1976-1977).
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.|
|The July 2019 edition of Hayakawa Mystery Magazine brought a fitting tribute to the writers duo that gave us Ellery Queen. The two cousins Manfred B. Lee and Fred Dannay graced the front page of the magazine that featured the article "The Reintroduction of Ellery Queen".|