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About the Author

Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Slp edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836539705
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836539708
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was somewhat dissappointed with this set of books. All these books are are a rehash of Dian Hanson's History of Men's Magazines which I already had. She even uses the same magazine covers in a smaller version of that set. If you have History of Men's Magazines I don't see the necessity of Pin-up Magazines. If you are a completist, go for it!!
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This anthology goes way back to the early 1900, way before my time. The examples and wide spread sources from around the world shows a common human thread for beauty and lusty admiration of the female body. The past holds clues of present day values. Well put together.
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This is a beautifully presented collection of men's magazine covers from the first seven decades of the Twentieth Century. The covers themselves are, by turns beautiful, amusing, sexy or peculiar. Some feature pin-up paintings by artists who have become legends in their field. Others are decorated with photos. There are magazines covering the world of burlesque, British tease magazines were the girls never removed their clothes, kinky journals full of dominatrix fashions, legitimate nudist magazines, fake nudist magazines looking to circumvent the pubic hair prohibition. And there is a generous sampling of covers from Playboy and Penthouse, whose Pubic Wars were a major event in publishing history. Countries whose output is given coverage are : the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

While the bulk of the three volumes is taken up with cover photos (and a few discreet glimpses inside some of the issues), the often very witty text by Dian Hanson, and her occasional collaborators, helps to places these artefacts in their cultural context. These weren't always just titty magazines. Sometimes they also provided a home for some of the world's greatest writers and for anti-establishment expression. The great era of the girlie magazine is now over, but this book allows us to travel back in time and imagine what it was like to live in a society where the prospect of viewing a shapely girl in her underwear was enough to give a man sweaty palms as he handed a small coin to a newsagent to procure his ticket to a paradise of pulchritude.
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Three volumes at a bargain price. Dian Hanson delivers an encyclopedic tour de force history of magazines for men. From their birth with the Twentieth Century through the decades until they withered under the onslaught of the internet, these volumes cover it all. We encounter the inevitable rise of "Playboy" and its myriads of antecedents and rivals. A goldmine of images and history, these volumes come highly recommended.
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