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Men's Adventure Magazines: In Postwar America Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836503123
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836503129
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Heller, a senior art director of the New York Times and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design program, is the author of over one hundred books on design, popular culture, and satiric art. In addition to writing for over a dozen TASCHEN titles, his recent books include Design Literacy Second Edition, Stylepedia, and The Education of a Graphic Designer. Collector Rich Oberg saw his first men's adventure magazine on a Piggly Wiggly grocery store magazine rack in 1968 and decided that maybe shopping with mom wasn't so bad after all. He began collecting the magazines and the original art that graced their covers in 1982 and now maintains the largest known collection in the United States. Max Allan Collins is a novelist and filmmaker fighting nature in Iowa (indoors). His novel Road to Purgatory is the sequel to his famed Road to Perdition, the basis of the motion picture starring Tom Hanks. He is also the author of the Nathan Heller novels, which have won him a Life Achievement Award from the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society. For over 20 years, George Hagenauer has been Collins's research associate, assisting on over two-dozen historical novels and collaborating with him on the Edgar Award-nominated The History of Mystery. His own freelance writing has been in the true crime field. He lives in Wisconsin.

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Though fun there are much better ones in the book.
Bryce David
Plus I read a book a day so I voraciously read anything and everything.
Susan Oliver
Man's Adventure focuses on the cover art of these great mags.
David Reichert

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Reichert on October 21, 2008
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I was a child in the fifties. Every other week, my father and I would make the Saturday trek to the barbershop where I got a cleanup on my flattop.

Barbershops were a male thorugh and through. The testoserone was thick. All conversation was sports, politics and juicy dirty jokes. A true introduction to adulthood for a young impressionable boy.

The best part was the stack of magazines. Men's magazines. Magazines I had never seen before with stories about faraway places and exotic adventure. Not to mention the girlie pictures.

This book brings it all back. Once again I was twelve, turning pages and reading stories that made me look at my father in a whole new way. Wow, was it great to be a man or what?

Man's Adventure focuses on the cover art of these great mags. Pity they didn't spend a few pages on the articles and the advertising.

Thanks Taschen for the mind trip, it was a great time to be a boy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zekeriyah VINE VOICE on June 10, 2008
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Appearantly Taschen publishes art books. I wasn't familiar with this particular company before recieving this book as a gift, but I found it to be a great little book of... well pulp men's magazine art from the old days. You know, the type where some adventuring Indiana Jones-esque pulp hero gets lost in some exotic locale, fights savage beasts and makes out with sexy native girls. Culled from the covers of mags with titles like 'Man's Life, 'True Danger,' and 'Wildcat Adventures,' this little book is loaded with page after full colour page of muscle bound explorers, soldiers and cowboys going head to head with man-eating tigers and giant octopi, heroically battling the Nazis and Commies alike, and rescuing sexy, overly well endowed (and scantily clad) Polynesian girls from danger!

What's that you say? Sounds like it might be a little... two dimensional? Sexist? Offensive to today's sensibilities? Oh yeah, you bet... and then some! But that's part of the fun, really. These overly testosterone fueled manly fantasies were part of another era, and a fascinating one to look at at that! Besides... what man (or boy) doesn't like this sort of stuff deep down inside? It's shades of Kipling meets the Magnificent Seven and Dirty Harry mixed with D-Day, crammed with more cheap thrills, bloody violence and hot sweaty sex than you can shake a stick at! And it's all so over the top. I mean, who thinks of titles like "Those Slimy Rodents Are Eating My Flesh," "Terror in the Far East: The Wolf-Women of India," or "Aphrodisiac Scandal of the Sex Mad Intermns and the 63 Passionate Student Nurses"?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By m4tch on September 30, 2013
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I originally bought this book as a gift but ended up keeping it for myself! The art and graphics are just so beautiful, you really just don't see anything like it now days. It's a pretty thick book packed with so much and a great buy for the price. It goes along well with my growing collection on pre and post war art books, I would highly recommend the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim on February 3, 2010
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A profusely illustrated review of the men's adventure mag covers, mainly from the '50s. Besides the full-color cover reproductions, there are remembrances of/by Mario Puzo, Mort Kuntzler, Norm Saunders, and others who got their starts working in the pulps. A superior volume and (the usual) superb Taschen reproduction.
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This collection of crazy sensationalistic pulpy magazine covers is amazing and almost endless. With the screaming titles (The truth about those sex fears!), blood thirsty buff men and busty women with their clothes ripped to shreds, what's not to like? They are so over-the-top that it becomes a thing of beauty.

There are more covers here than in the more expensive IT'S A MAN WORLD, which is also very good but I'd rather have a thorough collection of magazine covers than a select few. Some covers that are in this book which are not in IT'S A MAN WORLD are worth the price alone:

Page 109 - Eye catching pulp cover!
Page 223 - The one at the bottom left, my favorite cover in the entire collection. It should have been the cover for the book.
Page 239 - Flame thrower. My god!
Page 242 - Jaw dropping cover. A tie with the one on page 223.
Page 281 - Men in combat. Amazing art by Mort Kunstler!

Page 139, the See cover, which is also in IT'S A MAN WORLD, is such a brilliant cover. Needless to say, this book will provide me with endless number of hours of enjoyment. My only complaint is the book cover. Though fun there are much better ones in the book.

For the price and the collection of covers, it's unbeatable.
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By C. Moss on October 22, 2011
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What i was looking for, but in a version smaller than what I had wished for. Enjoyed the book never the less. For those of you who grew up in the 40's, 50's and 60's and as boys were fascinated by the covers of so-called men's magazines.
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Max Allan Collins is a New York Times bestselling author of original mysteries, a Shamus award winner and an experienced author of movie adaptions and tie-in novels. His graphic novel ROAD TO PERDITION was made into a major motion picture by Tom Hanks's production company, Playtone.

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