Serial Episodes of The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu

Updated: June 2, 1999

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Collier's February 15, 1913

  The Story-Teller Collier's The Chicago Sunday Tribune Chums
(weekly)
Chums (monthly) Pearson's
Weekly
The Zayat Kiss Oct 1912
(n 67)
15 Feb 1913 20 Jan
1918
8 Dec 1923
(n 1630)
Jan
1924
11 Dec 1926
(n 1898)
The Clue of the Pigtail Nov 1912
(n 68)
  1 Mar 1913 27 Jan
1918
15 Dec 1923
(n 1631)
18 Dec 1926
(n 1899)
Redmoat Dec 1912
(n 69)
15 Mar 1913 3 Feb
1918
22 Dec 1923
(n 1632)
  Feb
1924
25 Dec 1926
(n 1900)
The Green Mist Jan 1913
(n 70)
29 Mar 1913 10 Feb
1918
29 Dec 1923
(n 1633)
1 Jan 1927
(n 1901)
The Call of Siva Feb 1913
(n 71)
12 Apr 1913 17 Feb
1918
  5 Jan 1924
(n 1634)
8 Jan 1927
(n 1902)
Karamaneh Mar 1913
(n 72)
26 Apr 1913   12 Jan 1924
(n 1635)
15 Jan 1927
(n 1903)
Andaman---Second! Apr 1913
(n 73)
10 May 1913   19 Jan 1924
(n 1636)
Mar
1924
22 Jan 1927
(n 1904)
The Golden Flask May 1913
(n 74)
24 May 1913   26 Jan 1924
(n 1637)
29 Jan 1927
(n 1905)
The Spores of Death Jun 1913
(n 75)
  7 Jun 1913     2  Feb 1924
(n 1638)
5 Feb 1927
(n 1906)
The Knocking on the Door Jly 1913
(n 76)
28 Jun 1913     9 Feb 1924
(n 1639)
12 Feb 1927
(n 1907)

The first Fu serial was called simply "Fu-Manchu" in The Story-Teller and Chums, and  had no known overall series title in  Collier's.

Curiously, The Chicago Sunday Tribune reprinted the first five installments with a running title  that began as "This is the First of a Series of Stories of Fu-Manchu -- Tales of Thrill and Terror."  Subsequent installments simply changed to "Second," "Third," "Fourth" and "Fifth."  The second was titled "The Clew of the Pigtail" rather than the usual "Clue." When the February 24 issue was printed. The running title continued with "This is the First of a Series of Stories of Fu-Manchu -- Tales of Thrill and Terror" -- but the story was "The Wire Jacket," the first installment of the second series, The Return of Fu Manchu. Four subsequent issues continued the running titles with stories 2 through 5 of the second series. The tenth installment promises  "(Another Fu-Manchu story will appear next Sunday)."  It is not known if the eleventh installment was indeed published. Throughout the series, a variety of artists were used, including J. C. Coll.

Chums was a weekly British boys' paper; groups of 4 or 5 consecutive issues were bound together (with a new cover) and reissued monthly. The year's issues were also released in an annual bound volume. Serial installments were printed in an 8-page center section of each weekly issue, paginated separately (with Roman numerals) from the rest of the issue. These serial inserts  were included in the monthly reprints, but were generally omitted from the annual bound volumes.

"The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu"  title was used in Pearson's Weekly for a 20-part serial comprised of BOTH of the first two Fu Manchu series.  The serial was illustrated by Frank Wright. The first 10 parts (the actual "Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu) ran through Issue Nos. 1898-1907, 11 December 1926 - 12 February 1927. The second 10 parts (actually The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu) ran as Issue Nos. 1908-1917, 19 Feb 1927 - 23 Apr 1927.


Books: (Br.) The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, 26 Jun 1913;
(U.S.) The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, Sep 1913

Based on "The Early Chronicles of Fu-Manchu" in The Rohmer Review, No. 15, September 1976.
Additional information provided by Lawrence Knapp
Compiled by R. E. Briney  Copyright 1976, 1998-99 R. E. Briney


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