Copyright 2009 by Stuart J. Koblentz, all rights reserved.
The Stylus as Poe originally envisioned it, according to Wikipedia. Oh, what do they know?
Witty though this may have been, backers failed to come forth for the first iteration of the magazine, so Poe had the cover punched up a bit by adding a better picture and some trendy graphics (see above). Poe thought himself very clever and thought that the shiny new format would toy with the great unwashed, and that his careful selection of writings would gradually expose the common man and woman to higher aspirations. However, he failed to underestimate the American public who found him a moribund little man and couldn't fathom his raging hatred for didacticism.
Without the support of backers, or subscribers, the project failed again, failed again, and died a miserable little death before the first issue was produced. It has been said that the failure haunted Poe until the end of his life, and beyond.