“C-girls,” thorium prospecting and killer crocs

In my previous post, I featured the cover of the January 1958 issue of Man’s Conquest magazine, which has a great crocodile attack cover painting. Several people who read the…

Exploring Man’s Conquest, January 1958

Last night I got my men’s adventure magazine fix by reading my water-stained but treasured copy of the January 1958 issue of Man’s Conquest. In the 1957 edition of Writer’s…

Snakes in Men’s Pulp Mags: scarier than Snakes on a Plane

There’s a subgenre of pre-World War II pulp magazines called “weird menace” which features good-looking women and men being menaced (and often tortured) by evil villains and freaks. There’s a…

Why’d it have to be snakes, Indy? ‘Cause they’re frakkin’ scary!

Remember that snake scene in the original Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)? Indiana (Harrison Ford) looks down at the slithering mass in the “Well of Souls”…

Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds would’ve loved “The Virgins from Hell”

Recently, I bought a copy of the January 1961 issue of Male magazine online, largely because it had a cover painting by Mort Kunstler, one of the greatest and most…

Monster Master Basil Gogos Does Men’s Adventure

Artist Basil Gogos has been called “a bizarro-world Norman Rockwell.” He’s best known for the legendary monster paintings he did for horror magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland, created by…

Mort Kunstler – plus Survival at Sea: Part Deux.

My previous “survival at sea” post showed some great men’s adventure magazine covers. Since tales of survival in lifeboats and life rafts were a popular subcategory of stories in men’s…

Stranded on “women-ridden” beaches and deadly desert isles

My previous post showcased some men’s adventure magazine covers in the survival at sea subcategory – manly men and womanly women in lifeboats and rafts. A related subgenre involves shipwreck…

Man the lifeboats! Woman them, too!

In addition to staples like stories about war, killer animals and sex-related topics, survival stories were a common subject in men’s adventure magazines of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s.…

Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire

Not long ago, I stumbled across a post about men’s adventure magazines on another blog that is now among my favorites. It’s the blog Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire,…

Rugged Men and Rugged Weasels

  As I mentioned in a previous post, finding out Frank Zappa got the name for his 1970 Weasels Ripped My Flesh album from a headline on a vintage men’s…

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…