Dell Publishing, an American publisher of books, magazines and comic books, was founded in 1921 by George T. Delacorte Jr.
In 1943, Dell entered into paperback book publishing with Dell Paperbacks. Some of these early books were SF. One of the earliest SF anthologies from Dell was Invasion from Mars Interplanetary Stories (1949), advertised as being selected by Orson Welles.
Early Dell SF novels included The First Men in the Moon (initial Dell SF title) and The Invisible Man, both by H. G. Wells; She by H. Rider Haggard; The Cave Girl and Tarzan and the Lost Empire, both by Edgar Rice Burroughs; and Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. All of these titles were Dell "mapbacks."
Another early Dell SF paperback was Universe by Robert Heinlein in the Dell 10-cent series of novellas, published in 1951, with cover art by Robert Stanley (1918 - 1996). This story had originally been published in the May, 1941, issue of Astounding Science Fiction.
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