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<div><div>"Contains a wealth of arcane information about many of the oddball magazines that once graced newsstands."  —New York Times Book Review</div></div> --New York Times Book Review

<div><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">"No recent survey of magazines is more exciting and useful and purely entertaining."  —Scifiwire.com

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<div><div>"A joy. . . . A copiously illustrated guide to eye-poppingly weird publications, mostly from the 1930s through the 60s, that explored saucy sex, UFOs, hot rods, the supernatural, 'hygiene,' and lowbrow comedy."  —Reason Magazine</div></div> --Reason Magazine

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<div><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Earl Kemp was a notorious producer of more than 5,000 salacious novels and men's magazines in the 1960s. He is a Hugo Award-winning editor and the author of Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties. He lives in Kingman, Arizona. Luis Ortiz is the author of Arts Unknown: The Life & Art of Lee Brown Coye and Emshwiller: Infinity X Two, the latter of which was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus awards. His writings have also appeared in Comics Journal, Filmfax, and Illustration Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NonStop Press (September 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933065141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933065144
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The nineteen contributors to this 224 page examination of down-market print culture surely know their stuff because the book is crammed with a detailed history of various publishing genres that filled the newsstands from the Thirties onwards.

The survey details regularly published titles rather than fanzines or really obscure stuff like Koren's LA style 'Wet: the magazine of gourmet bathing'. The focus is on fiction magazines from the thirties to the seventies covering crime, adventure, science fiction, mystery and horror, pin-up, comics, humor and music also get a look in. The story about these magazine publishers, editors, contributors and artists are arranged in alphabetical order though, as I found out, rather arbitrarily. Look up Cracked Magazine on page 51 and it says: see Web Detective, this is repeated on the next page (with a large cover of Cracked, too) but get to the Ws and there is no Web Detective listed. The same thing happens with Mystic: see Other Worlds, which is not listed.

Apart from the interesting text the reason I found the book fascinating was for the five hundred or so covers, all in color though they don't all have text about them. Not in any order and they throw up another problem with the book's editing. The covers are not always with the magazine's text. The background to David Carson's Ray Gun is on page 157 with a cover on page fifty-six and another on 151. You can read about Super-8 Filmmaker on page 191 and see the cover on page 113. Page 117 has two Mechanix Illustrated covers with the copy on page 124 and I'm not quite sure why this title was included, hardly a cult magazine. This rather sloppy editing happens frequently throughout the book and I would have it thought it obvious that a cover belongs with its background copy.
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Really a great book, superbly illustrated and very comprehensive on a lot of magazines I've never heard of or seen before (but I'll now be looking for on eBay!). A great source of nostalgic cheesecake art and a very impressive history of each publication - this took a VERY long time to research!

My only gripe is I wish this was a rigid hardcover book - certainly deserves to be, the printing quality is great, but I don't trust glued-spine heavy paperback books like this to last in the long run.
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I found this book to be endlessly fascinating--- a mountain of obscure information about a even larger mountain of old magazines, mundane and bizarre, but more importantly, details and minutiae of the past magazine BUSINESS. Literally hundreds of covers,with beautiful artwork and photography. The only beef I have is the doubt of accuracy raised by the write up of one of my all time favorite magazines--Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's CHOPPERS MAGAZINE. Almost all the details are wrong! The mag came out in 1967, not 1969. The purported first issue was really only a couple of issues away from the last. Worst of all, the sequence of genius Roth's (artist, designer, builder of custom show cars, one lone chopped Harley and a score of totally practical car engined TRIKES) building of his amazing machines is completly out of order! A small point by a fanatic, perhaps, but it casts some doubt on the whole book's accuracy... still, a teriffic work and well worth the money.
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This is a wonderful book if you want to see what was popular in fiction in the 50's and 60's. Many of the books' cover art and titles will have you rolling on the floor laughing at the thought that these were serious titles and stories. The artwork is great and a lot of fun.
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thorough, great photos and informative commentary, an outstanding addition to the library of any fan of pulps, pin-ups and kitsch, as well as noirish babes.
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