Thrilling Wonder Stories was a continuation of Hugo Gernsback's Wonder Stories, founded by Hugo Gernsback in 1929. In 1936 Gernsback sold Wonder Stories to Ned Pines at Beacon Publications, where it was relaunched as Thrilling Wonder Stories, running until 1955.
In the early 1940s, Thrilling Wonder Stories was aimed at younger readers, with covers that depicted women in skimpy spacesuits. By the end of the 1940s, the quality had greatly improved.
Editors of Thrilling Wonder Stories included:
Mort Weisinger (1936–1941),
Oscar Friend (1941–1944),
Sam Merwin (1945-1951),
Samuel Mines (1951–1954), and
Alexander Samalman (1954–1955).