- Series: Midi Series
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Taschen; 1st Trade Edition edition (October 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3822825174
- ISBN-13: 978-3822825174
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.6 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Men's Adventure Magazines Paperback – October 2, 2004
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Collector Rich Oberg saw his first mens adventure magazine on a Piggly Wiggly grocery store magazine rack in 1968 and decided that maybe shopping with mom wasnt 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 Collinss 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.
Steven Heller is the author of The Swastika: A Symbol Beyond Redemption and Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazines of the Twentieth Century, among over 80 other titles.
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I am a little perplexed as to why Mr. Oberg, who I understand has the largest ORIGINAL art collection of men's magazine art in the world, and who put his name on this book as being the "Rich Oberg Collection" would not show more original art. Most of the art appears to be "tortured girl" art of Norm Eastman, who I understand Mr. Oberg has a connection with, and who paints recreations of the original art for Mr. Oberg. There is an attempt to make many covers of magazines look like original art, but the pixels are present and the blown up covers of magazines just eliminates the titles, and I don't understand why this was done when Mr. Oberg has the originals? There is certainly no doubt Mr. Oberg has the greatest collection of copies of Men's magazines.
Just a strange situation. Hopefully he is saving the originals for a third book! Now that book would really be something! In any event this a book highly recommended as a compendium of covers that can help you to identify the original art should you ever come across it. Sincerely, Ashley Batchelor
I collect these insane artifacts and there just can't possibly be enough books published on the subject. SO BUY 'EM ALL!
The "normal" Pulps have ignored and hidden away their retarded younger brother for too long. It's time to let him out of the cellar. Try to find a book on the history of "The Pulps" that admits these lurid items were the final incarnation of the format! YOU CAN'T! All those authors are ashamed to admit the legacy that fostered The Shadow, Tarzan and Conan ended brutally with the Men's Adventure Magazines. Now the truth is out. YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
Anyway, buy Feral House's book first, then buy this one too. It makes a decent addendum to the Feral House book. You can never have too much lurid art to amaze your friends with...
you know you want it, so give in to the voices in your head....
do it, DO IT NOW!
The introduction reveals the history of the men's adventure mags and it seems that the 1958 Supreme Court decision to weaken the Government's ability to regulate printed obscenity encouraged this rather small corner of the media to expand the market with plenty of new titles, fortunately they only lasted a few years before morphing into 'skin' magazines of the Eighties and Nineties. Yet despite being able to be very explicit with cover art the publications avoided showing the prominent females in any situation that could be considered obscene (shock, horror!) but look through chapter five (A bonfire in hell for the Nazis' passion slaves) and see plenty of illustrations showing helpless, bound females subjected to extreme depravity and torture.
As well as the garish bright illustrations, which I expect basically sold them on the newsstands, the cover lines clinched the sale, a whole bunch of men could not resist buying and reading (really!) for example, New Man's Peril, January 1965, with these lines, Crazy cats who pretend they're chicks, We smashed the nympho virgin ring of the Pasha pimps, The tattoo gang's vicious kidnap torture of the society debs and The bizarre "ugly parties" of London's kink cultists. All for a mere thirty-five cents, too. At the back of the book a short piece about the publishers of these magazines says the quality ranged from the competent to the sub-literate, how very true.
This book examines the same cover material as 'It's a Man's World' by Adam Parfrey (ISBN 09229915814) which came out in 2003, it had a bit more text and a very informative title and artist listing but I prefer the Taschen book because it so visually comprehensive and looks a much better production. Besides the covers there are examples of editorial art used to illustrate the 'true' articles plus a biography of writers and thirty-five artists.
These titles seem to be uniquely American and 'Men's Adventure Magazines' does a beautiful job of covering this extinct format.
***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.