The Blue Book was among the top three American pulp magazines of the early twentieth century, variously referred to as both "King of the Pulps" and, most recently, "The Slick in Pulp Clothing." It had a lengthy 70-year run under various titles from 1905 to 1975.
Launched as The Monthly Story Magazine, it was published under that title from May 1905 to August 1906 with a change to The Monthly Story Blue Book Magazine for issues from September 1906 to April 1907.
For the next 45 years (May 1907 to January 1952), it was known as The Blue Book Magazine or Blue Book Magazine. In the late 1930s, it was titled Blue Book of Fiction and Adventure. The title was shortened in February 1952 to Bluebook, continuing until May 1956.
With a more exploitative angle, the magazine was revived in October 1960 as Bluebook for Men. The title again became Bluebook for the final run from 1967 to 1975.
Launched as The Monthly Story Magazine, it was published under that title from May 1905 to August 1906 with a change to The Monthly Story Blue Book Magazine for issues from September 1906 to April 1907. In its early days, Blue Book also carried a supplement on theatre actors called "Stageland". The magazine was aimed at both male and female readers.
In its 1920s heyday, Blue Book was regarded as one of the "Big Four" pulp magazines (the best-selling, highest-paying and most critically acclaimed pulps), along with Adventure, Argosy and Short Stories. The magazine was nicknamed "King of the Pulps" in the 1930s. Pulp historian Ed Hulse has stated that between the 1910s and the 1950s Blue Book "achieved and sustained a level of excellence reached by few other magazines".
Agatha Christie stories published in the Blue Book Magazine
- Vol. 37 No. 5, September 1923 - The Affair at the Victory Ball
- Vol. 37 No. 6, October 1923 - The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (as "Mrs Opalsen's Pearls")
- Vol. 39 No. 1, November 1923 - The King of Clubs
- Vol. 38 No. 2, December 1923 - The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim (under the title "Mr Davenby Disappears - the name of the main character was changed)
- Vol. 38 No. 3, January 1924 - The Plymouth Express (as "The Plymouth Express Affair")
- Vol. 38 No. 5, March 1924 - The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor (as "The Marsdon Manor Tragedy")
- Vol. 38 No. 6, April 1924 - The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (as "The Great Bond Robbery")
- Vol. 39 No. 1, May 1924 - The Kidnapped Prime Minister (as "The Kidnapped Premier")
- Vol. 39 No. 2, June 1924 - The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge (as "The Hunter's Lodge Case")
- Vol. 39 No. 4, August 1924 - The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (as "The Egyptian Adventure")
- Vol. 40 No. 2, December 1924 - The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (as "The Italian Nobleman")
- Vol. 40 No. 3, January 1925 - The Case of the Missing Will (as "The Missing Will")
- Vol. 40 No. 4, February 1925 - The Chocolate Box
- Vol. 40 No. 5, March 1925 - The Veiled Lady.
- Vol. 40 No. 6, April 1925 - The Lost Mine
- Vol. 41 No. 1, May 1925 - The Market Basing Mystery
- Vol. 41 No. 3, July 1925 - The Submarine Plans
- Vol. 41, No. 4, August 1925 - The Double Clue
- Vol. 41 No. 6, October 1925 - The Cornish Mystery
- Vol. 41 No. 7, November 1925 - The Lemesurier Inheritance
- Vol. 44 No. 5, March 1927 - The Unexpected Guest
- Volume 44, Number 6, April 1927 - The Adventure of the Dartmoor Bungalow, under the title The Dartmoor Adventure
- Volume 45, Number 1, May 1927 - The Lady on the Stairs
- Volume 45, Number 2, June 1927 - The Radium Thieves
- Volume 45, Number 3; July 1927 - In the House of the Enemy
- Volume 45, Number 4, August 1927 - The Yellow Jasmine Mystery
- Volume 45, Number 5, September 1927 - The Chess Problem
- Volume 45, Number 6, October 1927 - The Baited Trap
- Volume 46, Number 1, November 1927 - The Adventure of the Peroxide Blonde, under the title The Peroxide Blonde
- Volume 46, Number 2, December 1927 - The Enemy Strikes, a combination of The Terrible Catastrophe and The Dying Chinaman.
- Volume 46, Number 3, January 1928 - The Crag in the Dolomites