I think these relatively randomly selected 1953/54 issues (important common factor--I have copies at hand, and I haven't read them through yet) will be my next little project for reading...since Bill Crider has been revisiting the Fantastic issues of his youth, and some of Fantastic's lesser contemporaries (Fantastic was a *Much* better magazine in 1953 and certainly in 1959 than it was in the, say, 1956 issues Bill has been rereading--even though Kate Wilhelm's first published story, "The Pint-Sized Genie," was one of the few highlights of the October, 1956 issue). These are the good fantasy magazines of the era (along with the moribund Weird Tales, which would end its first run of 31 years in 1954, and the often agreeable and occasionally impressive Fantastic Adventures, which would be folded into Fantastic the same year) that lasted some length of time (or at least more than a few issues, though Beyond ran for only ten issues in 1953-1955)...and all were eclectic enough to include sf in their remit, Beyond perhaps the least (it was seen as a good financial move...magazines labeled "science fiction" tended to sell better than those labeled "fantasy," perhaps in part because the sf audience could find less of what they liked in the eclectic magazines, pulps and otherwise, and in book form, than could fantasy readers). Certainly Fantastic Universe lasted nearly a decade, with an awkward title that tried to get across its eclecticism (often referred to as the "poor man's F&SF" though publishing some notable fiction, including work by a number of crime-fiction crossover writers and historical fiction specialist Howard Fast), and Fantastic managed to survive consistently neglectful and/or underfunded publishers till 1980, when it was folded into its stablemate Amazing. F&SF continues to publish today, and is joined on at least some newsstands by Realms of Fantasy, a sustained revival of Weird Tales, Cemetery Dance, Space and Time (a long-running sf/fantasy title), Black Gate, Black Static, and such eclectic smaller magazines as Black Clock (is there a color scheme emerging?), among others.