Visiting Rich Oberg, the Dean of Men’s Adventure Magazines…

Recently, I had the great pleasure of visiting men’s adventure magazine art expert and collector Rich Oberg at his home in Tennessee. Original artwork and magazines from Rich’s collection are…

Men’s pulp magazines take on Fidel Castro and his evil Cuban Commie comrades

Recently, I finally got around to watching director Steven Soderbergh’s controversial movie Che, starring Benicio del Toro. I think it’s an interesting movie that’s worth seeing, though I can understand…

Daring to compare Norman Rockwell, Norman Saunders and Norm Eastman

Men’s adventure magazines of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s have a special place in the history of illustration art. The artwork they used was a more modern incarnation and…

When cocaine grew on trees (in men’s pulp magazines)…

By the early ‘70s, the men’s adventure magazine genre was dying out, largely due to competition from more sexually explicit men’s magazines. “The market slid ever crotchward,” as Josh Alan…

Josh Alan Friedman relates his inside knowledge of men’s adventure magazines

I’m a bit envious of Josh Alan Friedman for several reasons. His father was Bruce Jay Friedman, who – prior to becoming a world famous novelist, screenwriter and playwright –…

An interview with David M. Earle, author of the new book All Man! Hemingway…

All Man!, by Dr. David M. Earle, is a fascinating new book that provides a unique perspective on men’s adventure magazines. It traces the evolution of Ernest Hemingway’s giant-size public…

“Men’s adventure magazines” – or “Sweats” – or “Men’s pulp magazines”?

There’s a debate going on among members of the new Facebook Group associated with this blog about the terminology used for the magazine genre featured here. Back in the 1950s…

Talking with Rich Oberg: the Dean of Men’s Adventure Magazines

Recently, I had the good fortune of talking with Rich Oberg, who is literally the world’s greatest collector of men’s adventure magazines and the original artwork created for them. Examples…

“The Hippies Raped Him And Then They Told Him How Much It Was Going to Cost!”

Say what? Yep, I said – “The Hippies Raped Him And Then They Told Him How Much It Was Going to Cost!” That’s an actual headline from a men’s adventure…

Love Slave of a Red-Hot Blonde Sorceress

Back in the 1950s, most hunters read mainstream fare like OUTDOOR LIFE and SPORTS AFIELD. But for brief period, men who liked hunting magazines that were a bit spicier could…

Harlots, Nazis and killer fish!

Men Today was one of the spicier men’s adventure magazines. It is probably most famous – and infamous – for its gonzo Nazi bondage and torture covers, many of which…

Weasels ripped my flesh! And hooked me on men’s adventure magazines.

About ten years ago, I was listening to a CD reissue of Frank Zappa’s WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH album. It sparked a flashback to the day in 1970 when I…