Top-Notch was one of the also-rans of adventure Pulps. It began as largely a sports magazine for teens (as can be seen by the covers which often combined sports and other genres). It ran from 1910 to 1937. During those twenty-seven years it published some very famous writers including Jack London, Robert E. Howard, A. Conan Doyle, Lester Dent, L. Ron Hubbard and Harry Stephen Keeler. It also featured a large number of Northern covers, especially in the early years. We get the usual topics: Mounties, dogsleds, wolf and bear attacks and lots of canoes. In the 1930s, the magazine finished its transformation from teen sport mag to adult adventure and usually put cowboys on the cover.

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