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The Magnet was first published in the 1908 and continued until 1940 when it became a casualty of the paper shortage of the Second World War.
In 1976 Howard Baker published the Concise Magnet Companion compiled by Bill lofts and edited by George Beal. This book not only contains details on every issue of the Magnet ever published but also includes details of the Editors, Sub writers, reprints and Howard Baker facsimile volumes. A new and updated version was published in 1986 and you can view it here.
Roger Jenkins wrote a number of excellent articles for the Collectors Digest Annual. They were subsequently reprinted in the History of the Magnet and Gem published by the Museum press. You can read the articles via the links below-
Red Magnet Magic The early days of the Magnet from 1908-1915
Those Blue and White Magnets A wartime shortage of the famous red dye meant from 1916-1921 the Magnet was white paper with a simple blue dye.
Magnets of the Roaring 'Twenties During the period 1922-1929 Hamilton started spending less time on the Gem and more on the Magnet - and it showed!
The Golden Age of the Magnet The title sums it up, 1930-1934 are generally believed to be the best period for the Magnet.
The Autumn Years of the Magnet From 1935-1937 the Magnet was still excellent but not generally regarded as quite up to the standard of the Golden years.
The Decline and fall of the Magnet Roger expressed some regret in a later article about his choice of this title. However there is no doubt that the stories of 1938-1940 lacked some of the sparkle of previous years.
Other Magnet related CD Articles-
Wingate in Love. An article from the 'lets be controversial' series by Eric Fayne discussing the 'Wingate in love' series from 1920.
All the Magnets have now been scanned and are available for download via the links below. All issues are available in PDF format and many are now available in Ms Word and Kindle format. I've recently updated this section to include information on HB reprints etc. If you find any errors or incorrect links then please contact me.