It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar

It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar

It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps ❮EPUB❯ ✼ It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps Author Adam Parfrey – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk It s a Man s World was first released in to critical acclaim and was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and in the New York Times This rich collection, filled with interviews, It s a Man s World Man's World: PDF Æ was first released into critical acclaim and It's a ePUB Ò was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and in a Man's World: PDF ´ the New York Times This rich collection, filled with interviews, essays, and color reproductions of testosterone heavy thirty five cent magazines with names like Man s Exploits, Rage, and Escape to Adventure to name a few , illustrates the culture created to help veterans confront the confusion of jobs, girls, and the Cold War on their return from World War II and the Korean WarContributions from the original men s magazine talent like Bruce Jay Friedman, Mario Puzo, and Mort K nstler bring the reader inside the offices, showing us how the writers, illustrators, editors, and publishers put together decades of what were then called armpit slicks Reproductions of original paintings from Norman Saunders, K nstler, and Norm Eastman are featured within, and Bill Devine s annotated checklist of the many thousands of adventure magazines is essential for collectors of the genreThe expanded paperback edition includes wartime illustrations and advertisements from mass produced magazines that preview the xenophobia and racist ideas later seen throughout men s adventure magazines of the s and s.


10 thoughts on “It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps

  1. Duke Haney Duke Haney says:

    When I was a toddler, I was babysat by a middle aged neighbor couple, and the husband had a collection of old magazines with covers that, as I later remembered them, featured bikini clad Nazi chicks exchanging gunfire with other bikini clad Nazi chicks from the decks of speeding boats Was I dreaming As an adult, on the rare occasions that I mentioned those magazines to people my age, no one shared my recollection of them Then I came across this book, which, at long last, assured me that such When I was a toddler, I was babysat by a middle aged neighbor couple, and the husband had a collection of old magazines with covers that, as I later remembered them, featured bikini clad Nazi chicks exchanging gunfire with other bikini clad Nazi chicks from the decks of speeding boats Was I dreaming As an adult, on the rare occasions that I mentioned those magazines to people my age, no one shared my recollection of them Then I came across this book, which, at long last, assured me that such magazines once existed I ve now owned the book for a number of years, but I never read the opening essays and interviews until recently, arrested as I was by the pages upon pages of cover art reproductions, which routinely display bikini clad chicks and, here and there, Nazis and boats, not to mention exploding planes and gunfire exchanges, as well as monstrous animals, from sharks to bears to snakes to ants to weasels to otters , to say nothing of the lashings and impalings and beheadings and almost every type of torture execution scenario that could be painted and sold in postwar American dimestores without fear of litigation What s changed since then Only, I think, that we live in aself censoring culture no less sadistic and paranoiac it s just not expressed so blatantly, though future generations will instantly recognize and sneer at our depravities while remaining blind to their own


  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    It definitely would have benefited from coverage ofpublishers, foreign versions, anddemographic information I wanted to knowabout the average guy who bought this magazine, where did he live, what did he do for a living, things like that and for a magazine genre that survived for a good 20 years, they definitely must have had access to that kind of information somewhere.I also do not understand the book editor s explanation for why they ignored the best selling magazine of t It definitely would have benefited from coverage ofpublishers, foreign versions, anddemographic information I wanted to knowabout the average guy who bought this magazine, where did he live, what did he do for a living, things like that and for a magazine genre that survived for a good 20 years, they definitely must have had access to that kind of information somewhere.I also do not understand the book editor s explanation for why they ignored the best selling magazine of this genre titled True they ignored it because it was popular and not as racy Well, I ve readthan a few old copies of true and it could be edgy at times.There was virtually no coverage of comic sections to speak of no Bill Ward, no DeCarlo, no Vipblasphemy Interior art which would often be better than the exterior art because it didn t have to rely on the garish colors was an afterthought What you are left with is a book of covers and only a few dozen of them are great


  3. Andy Andy says:

    Ass kickin gut punchin comp from REAL MENS Magazines of the Fifties and Sixties when us machos were chain smokin Luckies and spitting in front of church and all we shaved was our chinsif we felt like it I was gonna review this book but I was too busy fightin off a Grizzly Bear in the Sahara while a Nazi Colonel had a bikini clad blonde bound and gagged in front of a red ant hill and a dozen scorpions ready to kill her and an evil but fetchingly stacked Japanese dragon lady in a torn up ki Ass kickin gut punchin comp from REAL MENS Magazines of the Fifties and Sixties when us machos were chain smokin Luckies and spitting in front of church and all we shaved was our chinsif we felt like it I was gonna review this book but I was too busy fightin off a Grizzly Bear in the Sahara while a Nazi Colonel had a bikini clad blonde bound and gagged in front of a red ant hill and a dozen scorpions ready to kill her and an evil but fetchingly stacked Japanese dragon lady in a torn up kimono and high heels was lashin me with a whip, cigarette holder danglin sexy from her crimson lips Somewhere in that image Fidel Castro was probably jacking off too with his machine gun up his ass The images in the book are Cold War Republican wet dreams let loose and you ll laugh at the ghastly horror


  4. Steven Steven says:

    The collection of cover art is excellent The text is woefully thin, however, with only a couple of essays and a few interviews This expanded edition includes some fascinating WWII advertising meant to reveal the precursors of Men s Adventure magazine illustrations, but the case is only marginally made in the essay The hundreds of pages of art carries this one.


  5. Cat Cat says:

    It s a Man s World pays tribute to to the American men s magazines that were tremendously popular from the 1950s through the early 1970s These magazines were highly formulaic and catered to a particular brand of masculinity that became increasingly sexual and increasingly violent as time went on They contained things you d expect in today s magazines how to sections, dating dips, salacious exposes, etc But they also contained things you wouldn t expect to find in your typical copy of GQ o It s a Man s World pays tribute to to the American men s magazines that were tremendously popular from the 1950s through the early 1970s These magazines were highly formulaic and catered to a particular brand of masculinity that became increasingly sexual and increasingly violent as time went on They contained things you d expect in today s magazines how to sections, dating dips, salacious exposes, etc But they also contained things you wouldn t expect to find in your typical copy of GQ over the top true stories of sex, violence, and sexual violence These stories typically featured an American GI in some dire situation where he had to fight and fuck and kill his way to liberation.I am clearly not the intended audience for this book, but I used it in my thesis, so here I am As a woman, my main reaction was, wow this is so fucked up But what s evenoff putting is that rather than contextualize the magazines, Parfrey and the various sections authors glamorize them They seem to be basking in the glory of the good old days, when a man could be a manwhatever that means The major thrust of the collection is exemplified in the section where they justify the blatant racism and sexism by quoting an illustrator who says, That s just the way things were Which is problematic on so many levels.Bottom line if you re looking for unapologetic and hyper masculine displays of sex and aggression with a total lack of nuance, this is the book for you It gets 3 stars for providing me with such great content for my research I couldn t find high quality reproductions of these covers and illustrations anywhere


  6. I.D. I.D. says:

    While I wish there was a littlemeat to it in terms of delving deeper into talking about the societal pressures that caused these wacko mags to exist, you can t deny that it gives an overview and provides loads of amazing art It s not a total examination of a time, butof a broad look at the weirdness Totally recommended, if only for the batshit stuff inside.


  7. Steve Steve says:

    I m kind of inbetween books, so this is a cool placeholder that I pick up and flip through all the time.


  8. Seth Seth says:

    A collection of old men s pulp magazine cover art with some essay s thrown in Great stuff.


  9. Don Don says:

    Jolly good fun a heady mix of bizarre homo eroticism and 50s and 60s prejudices.


  10. Evan Evan says:

    I loved the covers of shirtless guys getting attacked by everything imaginable in the animal kingdom The Nazi stuff wasn t as funny.


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