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Men's Adventure Magazines

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Hefty comprehensive guide to postwar American men's adventure magazines; includes descriptions of history, culture and artistry of the magazines of the 1950s-1970s.
Paperback, 511 pages
Published October 2nd 2004 by Taschen (first published August 27th 2004)
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Dan Schwent
Jan 25, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf, hardcase-writers
Let's get down to business. This is largely a collection of pulp covers with art depicting attrative women in distress (and torn clothing!) It's a bit of naughty good fun and there are some really good Rafael Desoto pieces in it, as well as some that are laughable. One memorable cover featured a man and a women getting attacked by snapping turtles!

I found this gem on the bargain table at Barnes and Noble while my girlfriend and I were waiting for a table to open up at the California Pizza Kitche
Tim Pendry
Well, what can one say! This is a typical Taschen collection of the culturally marginal. "Men's Adventure Magazines" is a book of covers from the Rich Oberg Collection. These magazines were an American publishing phenomenon that lasted from the interwar period through to their eventual demise in the late 1960s. The startling but often very repetitive art work provides some interesting source material for twentieth century cultural history.

But here is a question that arises from the book - what
Dec 12, 2010 Teo rated it really liked it
Believe it or not, once there was a time when men were still real men, and men’s magazines were real men’s magazines. Taschen Books presents us the world of men’s adventure magazines in post-war America, a recounting of a manly history not so far ago, but nearly forgotten by today’s generations.

The men’s adventure magazines, known simply as sweats, were an offspring of earlier and very popular pulp magazines. With names like Rage, Fury, Real Men, Rugged Men and Untamed, they offered their reader
Joe Blow
Jan 05, 2008 Joe Blow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tough Guys, or guys wanting to be tough
Calling all men, drop that Coors Light sissy beer, get in your car, drive to your local book store and buy this. Your wife or girlfriend will thank you for discovering what being a man is all about. Shooting Natives, Creaming Nazi's, Stomping Commies, and Punching Hippies you could not ask for more. I love this book, yes it is mainly pictures, but the artwork is truly amazing!!
Francisco Becerra
May 01, 2015 Francisco Becerra rated it really liked it
Animals, Nazis, Commies, Bikers, all torturing women in every despicable way imagined, while bombastic titles promised true stories of sex, lost bounties, the armies of the Dalai Lama's hookers, or the Hitler's pleasure dungeons, or the cannibal islands... This is a collection of incredible illustrations made for the most obnoxious and mysoginic readings ever. But their stories are explained in a very thoughtful way, and let us know about the fragile spirit if the returned soldiers, the double m ...more
Sarah Crawford
The chapter titles include Blood,Sweat and tits; Weasels Ripped My Flesh, the Wild rampage of the Sex-crazed Pirate Women, I Watched the Fire Dance of Human Sacrifice, We Shot Our Way Out, and Soft Flesh for the Reds' House of 1,000 Agonies. There are loads and loads of color reproductions of various magazine covers. The majority of the book is taken up by these covers, which is good.

The print size used in the book, though, is very small and, unless your eyesight is perfect, you're going to nee
Han Nguyen
Sep 13, 2012 Han Nguyen rated it liked it
Shelves: art-books
A nice visual encyclopedia, however if you picked it up expecting great insight into the world of creating these covers and what type of world they represent, this is not the book for you.
A better option would be "It's a Man's World" published by Feral House, which is slightly more expensive but includes essays and interviews from writers and illustrators as well as having a bigger format which makes for better quality images.
Bill Palmer
Jun 22, 2011 Bill Palmer rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book you never stop reading because it's full of those 50s style mens magazine covers and every picture is worth at least a 1000 words. These covers are works of art so you find yourself just flipping through at random times. And if your a writer this book is inspiring and full of story ideas. The cover of Exotic Adventure depicting the "Wolf-Women of India" really got me thinking.
Oct 22, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating collection of pulpish covers from the Men's Adventure magazines. Great fun if you don't mind the rampant sexism. There is some essay material as well but it's pretty slender and I would have liked a lot more of that. But the covers are worth the price of admission. Definitely some extremely humorous examples of the pulp cover art.
Nov 07, 2008 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brief historical essays introduce scores upon scores of sexist, racist, outrageous, hilarious painted illustrations from the "sweat" magazines of the (mainly) 1950s and 1960s. You will like this book exactly as much as you think you will.
Philip Athans
Jul 31, 2010 Philip Athans rated it it was amazing
Reveals a lost world of strange machismo.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2006.

He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane. He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together. Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan.

Book Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away
Shamus Awards Best Novel nom
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