Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Eva Lynd 2017 Pinup Calendar – and some key facts about Eva…

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One of the nicest things that has happened to me as a result of writing this blog about vintage men’s pulp adventure magazines was getting an email from model and actress Eva Lynd a few years ago, after I did a series of posts about her multifaceted career.

As noted in those posts, Eva was, among other things, a favorite model of two top men’s adventure mag artists, Al Rossi and Norm Eastman.

She often posed for Al and Norm with their favorite male model, the legendary Steve Holland. Holland’s manly image appears in hundreds of MAM cover and interior illustrations and countless paperback cover paintings.

Through my conversations with Eva, I learned that she also posed for other great illustration artists, such as James Bama.

Bama made Steve Holland’s image even more iconic by using him as the model for Doc Savage on the covers of the Bantam paperback series.

Eva Lynd was also a popular model for many professional pinup photographers in the late-1950s and the 1960s.

In addition, she was — and still is — an actress.

She appeared in episodes of a number of popular variety and drama TV shows in the ‘50s and ‘60s, including THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE GARRY MOORE SHOW, THE THIN MAN, PETER GUNN and THE TEXAN, and in some later shows, like HOGANS HEROES and CAGNEY & LACEY.

She was also in many plays and in two movies, THE HYPNOTIC EYE (1960) and THAT LADY FROM PEKING (1975).

Eva Lynd & Carl Betz, Lady From Peking signed WMIn the latter, also called THAT WOMAN FROM PEKING, she co-starred with Carl Betz, Nancy Kwan and Bobby Rydell under her birth name name Eva von Feilitz.

It’s a fun action romp shot in Australia that you can watch on YouTube.

One of Eva’s most remembered roles was as the “Girl in the Tube.” She’s the alluring seductress who wriggles up out of a tube of Brylcreem in the classic Sixties TV commercial that’s considered one of the best television ads ever made.

Eva’s most recent acting job was in a 2016 TV commercial for Campbell’s Soup.

She appeared in it with her husband, actor Warren Munson.

If you're a serious Trekkie, you'll know him as Admiral Paris in the “Persistence of Vision” and “30 Days” episodes of STAR TREK: VOYAGER TV series.

Eva and Warren are the grandparents in the Campbell’s ad, titled “Grandchildren and Chaos.”

After Eva contacted me in 2013, we kept up a regular correspondence by email and phone. As a result, we’ve become long-distance friends (she’s in California, I’m in Florida) and I’ve learned a lot more about her.

Before I became friends with Eva, I knew she was a popular model for pinup or “glamour girl” photos taken by some of the top professional photographers of the 1950s and 1960s, including: Peter Basch, Wil Blanche, Herb Flatow, Leo Fuchs, Emil Herman, Morris Kaplan, Charles Kell, Lester Krauss, Earl Leaf, Ed Lettau and Jerry Yulesman. (By the way, you’ll also find pinup spelled as pin-up or as two words, pin up. Merriam-Webster uses pinup. Wikipedia uses pin-up.)

In the course of talking with her, I learned that she had modeled for even more photographers than I was aware of.

I also learned that photos of her had appeared in dozens of different men’s magazines from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, as well as in several other types of periodicals.

Eva Lynd in Brylcreem Girl in the Tube ad 2Warren Munson & Eva Lynd, Campbell's Soup ad

Twelve of my favorite photos of Eva are featured in the 2017 Eva Lynd Pinup Calendar. They come from Eva’s collection or mine. Scans of some of the calendar pages are are shown in this post.

The calendar is officially authorized by Eva and copyrighted by my Subtropic Productions LLC (the company that partners with Wyatt Doyle’s New Texture imprint to publish the Men’s Adventure Library book series).

Almost all men’s adventure magazines included “cheesecake” photo features in between their stories and articles, and many published pinup pics of Eva.

To date, Eva and I have discovered photos of her in ADVENTURE, MAN'S ACTION, MAN'S ADVENTURE, MAN'S CONQUEST, MAN'S DAY, MAN'S TRUE DANGER, MAN'S WORLD, MEN, REAL ADVENTURE, REAL MEN and SEE FOR MEN.

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Even more photos of Eva Lynd were published by men’s magazines in the genres called “men’s pinup magazines” (a.k.a. “men’s girlie magazines”) and “men’s slicks” (a.k.a. “men’s bachelor magazines”).

Some of the vintage magazines in those genres that have cover or interior photos of Eva include: CAPER, DUDE, EARL WILSON'S ALBUM OF SHOWGIRLS, FOLLIES, GALA, GAZE, GIRLS & GAGS, GLAMOUR PARADE, HO, JEM, LA VIE PARISIENNE, MALE POINT OF VIEW, MODERN MAN, MODERN MAN QUARTERLY, NUGGET, PICTURE DIGEST, PICTURESCOPE, PLAYBOY (in ads), SATAN, SCAMP, SHE, STARE, SWANK, TEMPO, VUE and WHIRL.

She also modeled for cover and interior photos used for men’s "true crime" and detective, including DETECTIVE CASES, POLICE DRAGNET, POLICE GAZETTE, STARTLING DETECTIVE, TRUE DETECTIVE, TRUE POLICE CASES and TRUE POLICE YEARBOOK and for women’s romance magazines such as TRUE LIFE SECRETS and ROMANCE TIME.

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The pinup photographs of beautiful women published in men’s magazines during the years when Eva Lynd was a photo model were comparatively tame.

The models were usually partially clothed, not nude. They were shot by professional photographers who were adept at composition, the use of both natural and artificial lighting, and other photographic skills.

Personally, I prefer the type of glamour girl images shot in the ‘50s and ‘60s to the more explicit photos that became common in men’s magazines in the 1970s.

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A couple of years ago, I asked Eva if I could create a custom calendar that showcased some of my favorite men’s adventure magazine cover and interior illustrations that she had modeled for, along with some examples of pinup photos that feature her. She said yes. So I did, and sold copies through my CafePress store.

Recently, Eva asked me if I’d be interested in producing a new authorized Eva Lynd calendar. Naturally, I said yes! The result is the Eva Lynd 2017 Pinup Calendar.

This time I had copies custom printed and I’m selling them directly on eBay. There are three versions: an 8.5" x 11" edition on high quality, semi-gloss paper stock; an 8.5" x 11" edition on deluxe glossy card stock; and, a special, oversize 11" x 14" edition, also on deluxe glossy card stock.

You can find them in my eBay store at this link. 

I’ll be doing more posts about Eva in the near future. In the meantime, you can click one of the images below click this link to see some of my previous posts about her.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

BARBARIANS ON BIKES: BIKERS & MOTORCYCLE GANGS IN MEN’S PULP ADVENTURE MAGAZINES...

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After a 3-month hiatus due to a day job project that kept me way too busy, I’m happy to be able to get back to doing new posts for the MensPulpMags.com site.

I didn’t entirely neglect the realm of men’s adventure magazines during that time.

Recently, my multitalented publishing partner Wyatt Doyle and I created and released another book in our Men’s Adventure Library series.

It’s titled BARBARIANS ON BIKES: BIKERS & MOTORCYCLE GANGS IN MEN’S PULP ADVENTURE MAGAZINES.

The “Barbarians on Bikes” part of the title comes from a historically-significant story about the Hells Angels published by the men’s adventure magazine TRUE in August 1965.

That was around the time when news stories were creating a near-hysteria about the outlaw bikers who called themselves “1 percenters” (also spelled 1%ers) and over a year before Hunter Thompson’s seminal book HELL’S ANGELS was published. (For the record, the club itself omits the apostrophe in their official name.)

Previous books in our Men’s Adventure Library series are illustrated story anthologies. They collect classic men’s adventure magazine stories along with the original artwork and photos that went with them.

TRUE, August 1965 - Barbarians on Bikes WM4BARBARIANS ON BIKES is a new type of book for us.

It’s all artwork and photographs; a full-color, large-format (8.5” x 11”) visual archive of men’s adventure magazine covers, interior artwork and photos.

Some of the actual 2-page spreads from the book are shown in this post. It’s now available on Amazon worldwide.

The Amazon listing for BARBARIANS ON BIKES has an extensive “Look Inside” preview. You can see an even longer preview on the Issuu.com website.

There are two editions: a 116-PAGE trade paperback and a special 136-page deluxe hardcover that includes 16 pages of additional content.

Most of the images in the book feature members of the Hells Angels-style motorcycle clubs (a.k.a. gangs) that became increasingly popular as the bad guys in men’s pulp mag stories in the 1960s and 1970s.

Others examples feature good guys on bikes, sometimes fighting the best-known men’s adventure villains – Nazis.

Many people think Nazis are the most common villains in men’s pulp adventure magazines.

I suspect that’s because the lurid covers showing sadistic Nazis doing terrible things to half-naked women are the ones that seem to get the most attention and the most reposts on the Internet.

BARBARIANS ON BIKES HC p08 & 09 WMIt’s true that scantily-clad women were one of the most common elements of men’s adventure magazine stories and illustrations.

They were men’s magazines, after all.

But the iconic sadistic Nazi covers and stories were primarily featured by the low-budget “sweat mag” subgenre of the broader men’s adventure (MAM) genre.

That genre includes a handful of top tier, high circulation periodicals like ARGOSY and TRUE, scores of classic mid-tier men’s adventure mags, like those published by Magazine Management (ACTION FOR MEN, FOR MEN ONLY, MALE, MEN, STAG, etc.), and dozens of low-budget “sweat mags” published by companies like Reese and EmTee (MAN’S BOOK, MAN’S STORY, MEN TODAY, NEW MAN, WORLD OF MEN, etc.).

About 160 or so different titles that can be classified as men’s adventure magazines were published in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Some lasted for years. The most popular titles ran through all three decades. But many were short-lived, lasting for one to 10 issues.

The stories, covers and interior artwork in the more than 6,000 men’s adventure magazines issues that were published feature a far wider range of bad guys than just Nazis.

If you look for those that span all three tiers of the men’s adventure genre, bikers are at the top of the list.

In fact, along with the biker movies that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s, men’s adventure magazines played a key role in creating the popular image of motorcycle gangs in American culture.

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Our new book BARBARIANS ON BIKES showcases some of the coolest biker covers, interior illustrations and photos scanned from issues in the “Robert Deis Archive.”

That’s the fancy name Wyatt gave to my collection of men’s adventure magazines, which now totals over 5,000 issues.

Most of the covers, interior spreads and photos in BARBARIANS ON BIKES have never been reprinted in any books since their original publication.

Many of the illustrations were done by some of the greatest mid-20th Century illustration artists whose work appeared in men’s adventure magazines, such Mort Kunstler, Charles Copeland, Norm Eastman, Bruce Minney, Basil Gogos, Samson Pollen, Gil Cohen, Al Rossi, John Duillo and Earl Norem.

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My colleague Wyatt designed the book, as he did our previous volumes.

All of Wyatt’s designs for our books are excellent. So are those he does for other books in his diverse New Texture line. (For example, check out his most recent New Texture creation, THE LAST COLORING BOOK, which showcases artwork by Jimmy Angelina.)

I think Wyatt’s layout for BARBARIANS ON BIKES is particularly outstanding. And, the large format gave him a lot more room to play with.

Wyatt also wrote an insightful introduction for the book that reflects his in-depth knowledge of both MAMs and vintage exploitation films.

It connects some of the dots between the real history of motorcycle gangs, their portrayal in men’s adventure magazines and biker movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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Another special feature of the book is an Afterword written by our friend Paul Bishop.

Paul is a veteran Los Angeles police detective who became a popular and prolific crime fiction and “new pulp” novelist. (His latest novel is LIE CATCHERS.) He’s also an indie publisher of novels by many other talented new pulp authors, a screenwriter, a widely-followed blogger and an expert on modern pulp fiction in general and mid-20th century men’s adventure paperbacks in particular.

During his 35 years as a cop, Paul got to know a lot about the Hells Angels and other biker clubs.

His Afterword is a gripping account of some of the things he learned.

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I’ll feature more scans from BARBARIANS ON BIKES and post some excerpts from Wyatt’s introduction and Paul’s Afterword in future posts here.

In the meantime, if you want head out on the highway with your own copy of the book, you can click on this link or the image below to buy one on Amazon. You can also buy a signed copy from me on eBay.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Robert F. Dorr takes us “BEHIND THE SCENES OF BUDAPEST’S SEX REVOLT”

 

Robert F. Dorr with a HELL HAWKS fan in 2010EDITOR’S NOTE: I first met author Robert F. Dorr, via email, in 2009. Between then and his death on June 12, 2016 I talked to him many times by phone about the military aviation history books and articles he is best known for and the men’s adventure magazine stories he wrote in the 1960s and 1970s. Last year, I had the honor of collaborating with Bob on a book that collects some of best of those stories, A HANDFUL OF HELL.

The blog post below is an updated version of a post I wrote in 2010, after one of the phone calls I had with Bob. I’ve written quite few posts about him here over the years. Now that he’s gone, I’m updating and reposting them for the benefit of his old and new fans who may have missed them. I sure miss Bob.

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Originally posted July 13, 2010

I’ve written about author Robert F. Dorr in previous entries here and posted reprints of several of his classic men’s adventure magazine stories (most recently the ripping yarn “I FOUGHT CASTRO’S CUTTHROAT GUERRILLA SQUAD”).

Bob is one of our country’s top military and aviation historians. He’s written more than 70 history books and hundreds of non-fiction articles over the past few decades.

His latest book, co-written with former U.S. astronaut Thomas D. Jones, is HELL HAWKS! The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht.

It has been aptly described as an aerial “Band of Brothers” story about the 365th Fighter Group — the heroic P-47 Thunderbolt pilots and crews who played a vital role on the European front during World War II.

I’m a big fan of HELL HAWKS! and Bob Dorr’s other history books.

I’m also a big fan of the stories he wrote earlier in his writing career, in the 1960s and 1970s, for men’s pulp adventure magazines.

BLUEBOOK, Sept 1970, cover art by Mel Crair WMHe wrote hundreds of them and is widely viewed by knowledgeable fans as one of the best of the many great writers who once wrote for the genre.

Overall, the majority of the short stories Bob Dorr wrote for men’s adventure mags were war stories.

In part, that reflects his lifelong interest in military aviation, the history of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, as well as his deep respect for men and women who served in the military.

But Bob also became adept at writing many other types of stories found in men’s pulp mags.

He wrote dozens of exotic adventure yarns and cold war spy stories.

He wrote his own often uniquely pro-animal variations of the “killer creature” animal attack yarns that were common in men’s adventure magazines. [One of them, the “GHOST BEAR THAT TERRORIZED A TOWN” from MALE, February 1975, is included in our WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH! anthology.]

He also wrote sex exposés, another type of story that is common in men’s adventure magazines. I call them “sexposés” for short.

Men’s adventure mags published sexposés about nearly all conceivable sex-related topic: semi-anthropological stories about the sex customs of native tribes; “sin city” stories about the seamy side of large and small towns throughout the country; pseudo-sociological articles about the sex lives of every possible subgroup from teenagers, homosexuals, crossdressers and transsexuals to stewardesses, swingers, Beatniks and Hippies; and, “shocking but true” stories about every other sex-related topic the editors and writers could dream up.

Sexposés were something of a specialty for several notable authors who wrote for men’s pulp mags, including Robert Silverberg, now best known for his science fiction stories, and Lawrence Block, now best known for his crime and mystery novels. [See my series of posts about “Lesbians in Men’s Adventure Magazines” for some examples.]

Bob Dorr starting writing sexposés in the late 1960s, when the relative number of war and adventure stories in issues of many men’s pulp adventure mags began to decline and the number of sex-related stories increased.

Some of the sexposés Bob wrote had a connection to the military, such as “THE SEX LIFE OF OUR GIs IN GERMANY,” published in the June 1965 issue of MAN’S MAGAZINE. [That one is included as a bonus story in the special hardcover edition of our collection of Robert F. Dorr stories A HANDFUL OF HELL.]

Bob even managed to write some sexposés that reflected his love of airplanes, such as “THE EROTIC STEWARDESS TAPES,” in the May 1973 issue of MALE. [Featured in another post on this blog.]

Robert F Dorr Budapest sex revolt story WM2Given that Bob’s day job was being a globe-hopping senior diplomat for the U.S. State Department from 1964 to 1989, it’s not surprising that some of his sexposés are sex-oriented foreign travelogues.

One of my favorites is “BEHIND THE SCENES OF BUDAPEST’S SEX REVOLT,” in the September 1970 issue of BLUEBOOK magazine.

It suggests that after the Soviet Union squashed the Hungarian uprising in 1956, Hungarian men and women rebelled by pursuing greater sexual freedom.

In one of the phone interviews I did with Bob, I had a chance to ask him some questions about those types of risqué stories and he reached back into his memory for some answers…

BOB DEIS:  Bob, first off I want to tell you how much I enjoyed HELL HAWKS! And, based on the reviews I’ve seen it looks like it’s going to be one of your most popular history books.

BOB DORR: HELL HAWKS! has, indeed, had a positive reception. It has been praised by critics and by many readers in reviews on Amazon. It’s primarily a book about Americans at war and my co-author Thomas Jones and I were delighted when one reviewer called it the best book ever about the P-47. I’m also especially pleased that a lot of people have come to our book signing events.

 You wrote hundreds of action, adventure and war stories for men's adventure magazines. From what I’ve seen in my collection, you wrote at least twenty “sex exposé” stories. Were they your ideas or were they suggested by editors?

DORR:  I wrote dozens of sex exposé stories and I did it all without having sex with anybody. With the exception of one article, no editor ever suggested a topic to me. I simply looked at what the magazines were publishing and tried to copy it. The men’s adventure magazines started changing in the late 1960s. As they evolved to compete with magazines like PLAYBOY and HUSTLER, they had covers with photos showing fully exposed female nipples instead of painted covers and the types of stories changed, too. So then I also began writing sex stories. Most were sex exposé stories.

Your sexposé stories are titillatiRobert F Dorr Budapest sex revolt - pic 2ng but pretty tame by today’s standards. How do you view them in retrospect?

I think people often do too much over-analyzing of such stories. I wrote many for the men’s pulp magazines and it would involve too much analyzing for me to say a great deal about them.  But I can tell you there was no first hand research involved.

The Budapest story has references to true history and a lot of details about the city. How much was based on personal knowledge versus imagination?

DORR:  I’ve traveled to many places around the world but I’ve never been to Budapest. I don’t remember how I came to write that story. I knew a lot about what was going on during the Cold War because of my work for the State Department. And, I had some knowledge about the situation in Hungary after World War II. But pure imagination was a big factor. Remember that any place with a faraway name was deemed exotic back in 1970 and not very many other Americans had ever been to Budapest, either.

In 1970, about how much would you be paid for a story like that one?

DORR:  The Magazine Management Company magazines, like STAG and MALE, and Pyramid’s MAN’S MAGAZINE almost always paid $300 to $350. BLUEBOOK paid less, so I may have received $200 for “Budapest.”

Even two-hundred in 1970 dollars is not bad. That would be over a thousand in today’s dollars. About how many stories did you write each month?

DORR:  I finished about one story every couple of weeks during my heyday as a writer for the men’s adventure magazines.

That was from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s?

DORR:  Yes. I got out of the Air Force in 1960. I then spent several years doing various things, but my goal was to become a writer. The first example of my work in men’s pulp adventure magazines was published in the August 1962 issue of REAL magazine. It was a story about a B-26 crew in the Korean War called “THE NIGHT INTRUDERS.” [Another bonus story included in the hardcover edition of A HANDFUL OF HELL.] That was a fictional story. Early on, I also wrote some fact-based articles about well-known American heroes, like Medal of Honor recipients. I mostly wrote war and adventure fiction stories that had some factual background. I eventually wrote all kinds of stories for men’s adventure magazines, up until they all disappeared in the late ‘70s.

Robert F Dorr Budapest sex revolt - pic 3 & 4In 1970, when your Budapest sexposé was in BLUEBOOK, the publisher was B.R. “Bud” Ampolsk. He published of some of the wilder men’s adventure magazines through his Reese and EmTee companies. Do you have any recollection of dealing with him?

DORR:  I never had any personal communication with Ampolsk or anyone else at BLUEBOOK. I simply mailed stuff to them. Remember, a long-distance phone call was a big deal in those days. I never spoke to anyone at BLUEBOOK on the phone and never went to their offices. In fact, I had virtually no real communication with the editors at any of the men’s adventure magazines. Basically, I typed up a story, I sent it to one of the editors, and either they used it or they didn’t. If they used it they sent me a check. If they didn’t they sent me a rejection note, then I’d often send it to another editor. I did eventually have some telephone communications and one personal meeting with Pyramid editor Phil Hirsch, the editor of MAN’S MAGAZINE. My fifteen years of communication Noah Sarlat, who edited STAG, MALE and other magazines for Magazine Management, consisted of little notes that contained three or four words. 

The sexual content in men’s adventure stories in the 1960s and early 1970s, including sexposés like your Budapest story, is very mild by today's standards. Barely R-rated. Did the editors give you any guidelines about how to write about sex topics or do much editing of what you wrote?

DORR:  No. But I guessed that they had guidelines and composed my stuff based on the level of explicitness in other stories they were publishing. The editors made very few changes and discussed none of them with me.

Were sex exposé stories like “Budapest” fun to write?

DORR:  It wasn’t half as much fun as you might suspect. I’m picturing me then with a manual typewriter, carbon paper, white-out ink, cigarettes, and booze. I think I recall being fairly humorless about it at the time because I was serious about making money as a writer. In retrospect, it’s easier for me to appreciate that stories like “Budapest” were, to a large degree, farce. 

If you’re curious about Robert F. Dorr’s story “BEHIND THE SCENES OF BUDAPEST’S SEX REVOLT,” you can download and read a PDF copy by clicking this link.

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