Pollen’s Action: The Art of Samson Pollen (HARDCOVER ONLY)

Samson Pollen (1931–2018) was one of the greatest illustration artists whose work appeared in vintage men’s adventure magazines (MAMs) from the 1950s to the 1970s . Pollen’s specialty was action—dynamic, explosive, outrageous action. Illustrating work from authors Mario Puzo, Martin Cruz Smith, Richard Stark, Norman Mailer, Ed McBain, Richard Wright, Don Pendleton, Erskine Caldwell, Walter Kaylin, Robert F. Dorr, Pollen’s immersive illustrations transported adventure-hungry readers from tropical jungles to brutal battlefields to raging seas and mean city streets. Samson Pollen painted it all—spectacularly.

The Men’s Adventure Library follows the first-ever collection of Samson Pollen’s illustrations, Pollen’s Women, with Pollen’s Action, a deluxe new volume collecting the cream of Pollen’s high-octane action paintings. Includes history and commentary by the editors and an introductory essay by the artist.

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An interview about our book POLLEN’S WOMEN: THE ART OF SAMSON POLLEN…

As noted in previous posts on this blog, I love the fanzines published by UK paperback and action/adventure media maven Justin Marriott. Justin began publishing his flagship fanzine THE PAPERBACK…

POLLEN’S ACTION: THE ART OF SAMSON POLLEN — a new book showcasing his men’s adventure magazine artwork

Simply put, Samson Pollen was one of the greatest of the many artists who provided illustrations for the men’s adventure magazines (MAMs) that flourished from the early 1950s to the…

Original Samson Pollen artwork featured in POLLEN’S WOMEN – now available from Sam…

The books in the Men’s Adventure Library series of books I co-edit and publish with Wyatt Doyle all feature classic artwork from men’s adventure magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s…

POLLEN’S WOMEN: THE ART OF SAMSON POLLEN…

I’m very happy to announce the release of POLLEN’S WOMEN: THE ART OF SAMSON POLLEN, the latest book in the Men’s Adventure Library series that I co-edit and publish with…

Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter (TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION)

“I Saw Havana Go Berserk” … “Havana’s Amazing Flesh Market” … “Bayamo’s Night of Terror” … “Terror! Cuban Hell-Cats Scare Castro’s Cutthroats” … “Squirm in Hell, My Lovely Muchacha!”

The stories published in men’s adventure magazines (MAMs) from the late 1950s through the late 1970s were notorious for their eye-popping, politically incorrect, often lurid artwork, their tough, unapologetic pulp fiction, and their exposé-style “news” articles designed to shock and titillate. Mixing fact with fiction and supplemented with sexy, violent pulp illustration art and photos, the magazines published hundreds of stories about Cuba and Fidel Castro, chronicling, illuminating, and dramatizing the earth-shaking events in Cuba in those explosive years in ways no other American print or electronic media did at the time—or has dared to since!

Men’s Adventure Library Journal editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle follow their acclaimed I Watched Them Eat Me Alive with the second installment of a new kind of anthology. An expertly curated selection of fast-paced, testosterone-boosted fiction and artwork with history and context supplied by the editors, Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter’s highlights include an exclusive pictorial reminiscence by men’s adventure supermodel Eva Lynd, who reveals details of her time as an American showgirl and model in Havana in the final days before the revolution … a portfolio from pantheon illustration artist Samson Pollen (Pollen’s Women) … and a thrilling account of international intrigue, adventure, and escape by Robert F. Dorr (A Handful of Hell), the celebrated and controversial author (and retired senior diplomat) to whom the book is dedicated.

Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter is available as a 158-page softcover and as a 178-page expanded hardcover with additional content—20 more color pages of hard-hitting fiction and outrageous artwork.

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Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter (HARDCOVER WITH BONUS CONTENT)

“I Saw Havana Go Berserk” … “Havana’s Amazing Flesh Market” … “Bayamo’s Night of Terror” … “Terror! Cuban Hell-Cats Scare Castro’s Cutthroats” … “Squirm in Hell, My Lovely Muchacha!”

The stories published in men’s adventure magazines (MAMs) from the late 1950s through the late 1970s were notorious for their eye-popping, politically incorrect, often lurid artwork, their tough, unapologetic pulp fiction, and their exposé-style “news” articles designed to shock and titillate. Mixing fact with fiction and supplemented with sexy, violent pulp illustration art and photos, the magazines published hundreds of stories about Cuba and Fidel Castro, chronicling, illuminating, and dramatizing the earth-shaking events in Cuba in those explosive years in ways no other American print or electronic media did at the time—or has dared to since!

Men’s Adventure Library Journal editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle follow their acclaimed I Watched Them Eat Me Alive with the second installment of a new kind of anthology. An expertly curated selection of fast-paced, testosterone-boosted fiction and artwork with history and context supplied by the editors, Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter’s highlights include an exclusive pictorial reminiscence by men’s adventure supermodel Eva Lynd, who reveals details of her time as an American showgirl and model in Havana in the final days before the revolution … a portfolio from pantheon illustration artist Samson Pollen (Pollen’s Women) … and a thrilling account of international intrigue, adventure, and escape by Robert F. Dorr (A Handful of Hell), the celebrated and controversial author (and retired senior diplomat) to whom the book is dedicated.

Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter is available as a 158-page softcover and as a 178-page expanded hardcover with additional content—20 more color pages of hard-hitting fiction and outrageous artwork.

Buy direct from us and get free media rate shipping in the US.

The hardcover edition of this book includes bonus content not included in the trade paperback edition.

Men’s Adventure Quarterly: Vol. 1 No. 1 (SOFTCOVER ONLY)

The MEN’S ADVENTURE QUARTERLY is a lushly-illustrated, full color magazine launched in 2021 that reprints and discusses classic stories and artwork from men’s adventure magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This first issue reprints rip-snorting Western stories by Lou Cameron, Dean W. Ballenger, Jack Pearl, Don Honig and other veteran action/adventure writers. Each story is accompanied by the cover of the magazine it appeared in and the original interior artwork, plus an introduction with background information on the writer, artist or magazine. Issue #1 also includes a special Western cover gallery featuring artwork by great artists like Frank McCarthy, Mort Künstler, Rafael DeSoto, Robert Stanley, Vic Prezio, Norm Eastman, Wil Hulsey, Charles Copeland, Bob Schulz and many others. There’s also a “cheesecake” pinup photo “GAL-lery” featuring model and actress Juli Reding, classic men’s adventure magazine cartoons and ads, and a guest editorial by Western expert and author Paul Bishop, co-host of the SIX-GUN JUSTICE PODCAST. Start your MAQ collection with this inaugural issue, and watch for new ones every quarter. The MAQ is Co-edited by Robert “Bob” Deis, Co-editor (with Wyatt Doyle) of the Men’s Adventure Library book series, which includes art books like MORT KÜNSTLER: THE GODFATHER OF PULP FICTION ILLUSTRATORS, ONE MAN ARMY: THE ACTION PAPERBACK ART OF GIL COHEN, POLLEN’S WOMEN: THE ART OF SAMSON POLLEN, EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL and illustrated story anthologies like WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH, A HANDFUL OF HELL, I WATCHED THEM EAT ME ALIVE and CUBA: SUGAR, SEX, AND SLAUGHTER. The MAQ is designed and co-edited by Bill Cunningham, founder of Pulp 2.0 Press (KILLER, TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, DEATH KISS: THE BOOK OF THE MOVIE, MIKE SHAYNE PRIVATE EYE COMIC COLLECTION, etc.). Each issue of the MAQ will focus on classic men’s adventure magazines stories and artwork related to a particular theme. This first issue focuses on Western stories and artwork. Issue #2 will focus on James Bond-style Sixties espionage stories and artwork. Other topics will include motorcycle gangs, Bigfoot and other cryptozoology creatures, war stories, Beatniks and Hippies, the Civil War, and other favorite topics of men’s adventure magazine readers. Be sure to get them all!

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NEW! Maneaters: Killer Sharks in Men’s Adventure Magazines (HARDCOVER WITH BONUS CONTENT)

Summertime. When thoughts turn to sun, sand, surf…and sharks! Just in time for beach season, Men’s Adventure Library editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle dive deep into long unseen shark-themed pulp fiction and savage full-color illustration art drawn from three decades of classic men’s adventure magazines (or MAMs), most out of print since their original publication. In addition, these graphic, action-packed tales of shark encounters are paired with commentary and mythbusting by a celebrated panel of contemporary shark experts who separate the stories’ fact from fiction.

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The hardcover edition of this book includes bonus content not included in the trade paperback edition.

On request, Editor Robert Deis will sign the book and add an inscription of your choice, like “To [your name].” After you order the book, we’ll send you an email asking if you want the book signed and would like an inscription added.

NEW! Maneaters: Killer Sharks in Men’s Adventure Magazines (TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION)

Summertime. When thoughts turn to sun, sand, surf…and sharks! Just in time for beach season, Men’s Adventure Library editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle dive deep into long unseen shark-themed pulp fiction and savage full-color illustration art drawn from three decades of classic men’s adventure magazines (or MAMs), most out of print since their original publication. In addition, these graphic, action-packed tales of shark encounters are paired with commentary and mythbusting by a celebrated panel of contemporary shark experts who separate the stories’ fact from fiction.

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The MEN’S ADVENTURE QUARTERLY #3 – our “Vigilante Justice” issue

In January 2021, I launched a new full-color, glossy magazine with Bill Cunningham, the talented head honcho at Pulp 2.0 Press. Each issue features classic stories and artwork from men’s…

PulpFest 2021, featuring a virtual appearance by Eva Lynd…

I had a great time attending the PulpFest 2021 convention that was held in Pittsburgh in August. I went there with Wyatt Doyle, my co-editor in the Men’s Adventure Library…