MORT KUNSTLER: THE GODFATHER OF PULP FICTION ILLUSTRATORS – a look at our latest book…

For the Men’s Adventure Library book series I co-edit and publish with Wyatt Doyle, via his New Texture imprint, 2019 was a banner year. In January, we published POLLEN’S ACTION:…

“Men’s Adventure Magazines and the Art of War” – a PulpFest presentation (Part 1)…

PulpFest is one of the biggest and best annual pulp-related conventions in the country. It’s a descendant of PulpCon, a pioneering event that ran annually from 1972 to 2008.  In…

An interview with artist Mort Künstler – Part 2

Today, Mort Künstler is known as one of the premier historical artists in America. Since the 1980s, his main focus has been on paintings of scenes from American history, especially…

Legendary comics artist Syd Shores also did some wild men’s “sweat magazine” covers…

Most people who are familiar with artist Sydney “Syd” Shores (1913-1973) think of him as a comic book artist. And, indeed, he was one of the greatest comic book artists…

The Mystery of the Nude Nazi Love Captives…

A while after I posted my three-part interview with former men’s adventure magazine artist Gil Cohen, I ran across an online photo of one of his original paintings that made…

The legendary Walter Kaylin, “Jaws” and the USS Indianapolis

Earlier this month, I posted an entry on this blog about Walter Kaylin, the legendary men’s adventure story writer who was also editor of the short-lived, pocket-size men’s pulp magazine…

Talking with Josh Alan Friedman about Mario Puzo, men’s pulp magazines and Marvel Comics

Last week I had a fun conversation with writer and musician Josh Alan Friedman, talking about his father and Magazine Management, the company owned by Martin Goodman that published some…

Artist Walter DuBois Richards’ shrunken head masterpiece for Men magazine

  Headhunters and shrunken heads were popular topics in men’s adventure magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. In a recent post, I featured a wild “head on a stick” headhunter…

Getting ahead in life with men’s adventure magazines

Yes, I know, given the woman’s head on the stick on the cover of the February 1958 issue of For Men Only magazine (shown at left), the title I used…

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 –…

Merry Christmas – Men’s Adventure Magazine Style

The December issues of men’s adventure magazines rarely featured Christmas-themed covers. I suppose it was hard to mix rugged manliness with sentimental seasonal cheer. But there are some that managed…

“Even the Rhinos Were Nymphos”

When I bought the August 1954 issue of Male magazine shown at left, with the superb cover painting of a rhino attack by artist Robert G. Doares, it reminded me…