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About Robert Deis
Robert Deis owns one of the world's largest collections of vintage men's adventure magazines (MAMs) published in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In 2009, he created a popular blog about the genre, MensPulpMags.com. A few years later, Bob and Wyatt Doyle, head of the New Texture indie publishing imprint, launched the MEN'S ADVENTURE LIBRARY, a series of books that feature classic MAM pulp fiction stories and artwork. That series now includes more than a dozen lushly-illustrated story anthologies and art books. In recent years, Bob has been a featured speaker at the PULPFEST convention and listed in the book WHO'S WHO IN NEW PULP. In 2021, Bob and Bill Cunningham, head of Pulp 2.0 Press, launched a magazine that features MAM stories and artwork, called the MEN'S ADVENTURE QUARTERLY. He has contributed articles about men's adventure magazines to various magazines and fanzines and also writes two blogs about famous quotations, ThisDayinQuotes.com and QuoteCounterquote.com. Bob lives near Key West, Florida with his wife BJ (who graciously tolerates his fascination with vintage MAMs), their three dogs, and four cats.
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