MAN’S MAGAZINE, February 1954 – the legendary “painting vs. photo” market test…

Cool cover paintings are one of the defining characteristics of the men’s adventure magazines that flourished in the 1950s and 1960s — and a primary reason why they are popular…

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…

Some wild Basil Gogos paintings from the Rich Oberg Collection…

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that Rich Oberg is the world’s foremost expert on and collector of men’s adventure magazine art. It’s the Rich…

Scorpions ripped my flesh! (in men’s pulp magazine art)

Many kinds of “killer creatures” were featured on the covers of men’s adventure magazines in the 1950s and 1960s: big animals, small animals, fish, birds, crabs and various creepy crawlies,…

“SQUIRM IN HELL, MY LOVELY MUCHACHA!” – Evil Cuban Commies, Part Two

The post-WWII men’s adventure magazines had a love-turned-to-hate relationship with Cuba. In the 1950s, when Cuba was run by dictator Fulgencio Batista, with a little help from his friends in…

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…

Rich Oberg’s gives us the first online glimpse of his awesome men’s adventure art collection

One of the must-have books for fans and collectors of men’s pulp mags is Men’s Adventure Magazines, published by Taschen. It features hundreds of men’s adventure magazine covers from the…

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…

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 war you couldn’t give away.

The cover and cover story for the November 1967 issue of Man’s Epic magazine is unusual for the men’s adventure magazine genre. Its cover painting, by artist Basil Gogos, features…

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…