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Barbarians on Bikes: Bikers and Motorcycle Gangs in Men's Pulp Adventure Magazines (The Men's Adventure Library) Paperback – September 2, 2016
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About the Author
Robert Deis has worked as a teacher, an artist, a musician, a logger in the Maine woods, a magazine writer and a state government bureaucrat.Eventually he fell into a long-lasting career as a political consultant. Nowadays, he blogs and writes about things that interest him, such as famous quotations and men's adventure magazines. He created MensPulpMags.com, and co-founded The Men's Adventure Library. His books include Weasels Ripped My Flesh!, He-Men, Bag Men, & Nymphos, and A Handful of Hell.
Writer Wyatt Doyle is co-founder of New Texture, launching their publishing imprint in 2006. He assisted Georgina Spelvin in the publication of her memoir, The Devil Made Me Do It, and served as editor and publisher of Black Cracker by Josh Alan Friedman for his own imprint, Wyatt Doyle Books. He is co-founder, editor, and designer of The Men's Adventure Library series. A collection of Doyle's stories illustrated by Stanley J. Zappa, Stop Requested, is available from New Texture, as are his photography collections, Dollar Halloween and I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat! Doyle curates the New Texture website, as well as Josh Alan Friedman's Black Cracker Online and Rev.Raymond Branch's RevBranch.com
Novelist, screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop spent 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department where he was twice honored as Detective of the Year. He continues to work privately as a deception and interrogation expert. His fifteen novels include five in his LAPD Homicide Detective Fey Croaker series. His latest novel, Lie Catchers, begins a new series featuring top LAPD interrogators Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall.
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Men like Deis have very specific hobbies. Sometime's those hobbies produce wonderful cultural artifacts such as this. Reproduced full size and in color where warranted, this tome is obviously a labor of love. Adding color and richness are reproductions of the title pages and accompanying illustrations of the various articles and exposes these sorts of magazines were noted for. A great gift for you bike riding friends or for yourself.
In such beautifully produced books such as “Weasels Ripped My Flesh,” “He-Men, Bag Men & Nymphos,” “Crypto-Zoology,” and “A Handful of Hell,” they have brought us an amazing collection of reprinted fiction from so many of the most popular MAMS. But for the most part, despite being beautiful adorned with classic art reproductions, those titles were focused on the stories and the writers. In that fashion, Deis and Doyle clearly made their point in depicting the gradual evolution of American pulps.
With this, their fifth title, they’ve turned the spotlight on the artwork that graced the pages and covers of those latter day pulps. Using the highly popular theme of the Outlaw Biker Gangs that infused itself into the America psyche of the era, they’ve collected some of the most beautiful illustrations and cover art ever produced for commercial periodicals. Throughout these pages you’ll find the work of such talented artists as Mort Kunstler, Earl Norem, Marti Ripoll, Al Rossi, Gil Cohen, Basil Gogos and others you’ve most likely never heard of before. Which is itself a sin that needs correcting.
These were giants who month after month provided drawings that accompanied such features as “Sex Life of a Motorcycle Mama,” or “Havana Joy Girl Who Became a Guerilla Queen,” among the more sedate such titles. This book is a bountiful treasure that is summed up poetically with crime writer Paul Bishop’s afterword memoir. A tip of the pulp fedora to Deis and Doyle, you guys are batting 500!!
(There is also a hard cover with 16 extra pages available.)