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It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps

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Publisher Comments:

Men?s magazines first appeared in great numbers after World War II and the Korean War. Their signature stories, supposedly based on reality, often depicted brawny he-men protecting lustful women from savages, Nazis, Koreans, or Cubans. It?s a Man?s World explores a time when magazines like Argosy and True flourished, along with their more sexually charged counterparts such as Stag and For Men Only.

The book is both an art gallery and a lively history, profiling the magazines? themes of bondage and S/M, racism, and sexism. Editor Adam Parfrey provides sociological context for the extraordinary covers, interior art, and articles in these cultural artifacts. Extensively illustrated with reproductions from magazines like Saga, Stag, and more, this is a colorful and lively retrospective of masculinity in the cold-war era.

Review:

"It's a Man's World, [is] an exhaustive and exhausting collection of artwork from 'the postwar pulps'...[that] dispatches with highbrow classification in favor of all-out inundation." Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

Review:

"[I]t is clear from the subliterature surveyed by It's a Man's World that at least half the gender equation [of the 1950s] was deeply troubled by the restraints of domestic life and felt most energized and fully alive imagining situations of mortal peril and physical combat..." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"...[Feral House has] brought the socially incompatible flotsam back to us in a wonderful book, It's a Man's World." Robert Williams

Review:

"Parfrey intersperses this collection of full-color reproductions with essays....helpful to readers trying to make sense out of such images as UFOs closing their clamp-like hands around fretting females with their shirts unbuttoned..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"...stunning historical evidence of the convoluted sexuality lurking in our epic archetype of the Real, True and All Man." Carlo McCormick, Senior Editor, Paper

Synopsis:

The Adventure Magazine genre of Cold-War masculinity.

Synopsis:

"A panorama of lurid vintage covers and magazine layouts as well as acerbic insightful narratives from Parfrey... a sprawling, well-endowed retrospective of unbridled virility and lost mid-20th century American culture."—Spin

Synopsis:

Evil criminals, damsels in distress - the detective pulp magazine turned into something new during the Cold War paranoia of the '50s and '60s becoming men's adventure magazines. This forgotten horror-filled patriotic genre was home to three dozen titles and some of the best illustrators of the time.

About the Author

Author Adam Parfrey is the editor of Extreme Islam, Apocalypse Culture II, and the co-author of Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs. The work of Design Editor Hedi El Kholti can also be seen in the Feral House publications Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique and Hot Girls of Weimar Berlin and the Dilettante Press Book, Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780922915811
Contribution:
Friedman, Bruce Jay
Contribution:
Friedman, Josh Alan
Contribution by:
Friedman, Josh Alan
Contribution by:
Friedman, Bruce Jay
Contribution:
Friedman, Bruce Jay
Contribution:
Friedman, Josh Alan
Author:
Parfrey, Adam
Publisher:
Feral House
Location:
Los Angeles, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Magazines & Newspapers
Subject:
Magazine covers.
Subject:
Pulp literature
Subject:
ART / Popular Culture
Subject:
Men's magazines
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers in literature
Subject:
Antiques-Ephemera
Edition Number:
Paper Over Board
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1228
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
11.00 x 8.00 in

Related Subjects

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Themes In Art
Arts and Entertainment » Excess Culture » Art
Fiction and Poetry » Pulp Fiction » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » Ephemera
Reference » General

It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps
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Product details 288 pages Feral House - English 9780922915811 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's a Man's World, [is] an exhaustive and exhausting collection of artwork from 'the postwar pulps'...[that] dispatches with highbrow classification in favor of all-out inundation."
"Review" by , "[I]t is clear from the subliterature surveyed by It's a Man's World that at least half the gender equation [of the 1950s] was deeply troubled by the restraints of domestic life and felt most energized and fully alive imagining situations of mortal peril and physical combat..."
"Review" by , "...[Feral House has] brought the socially incompatible flotsam back to us in a wonderful book, It's a Man's World."
"Review" by , "Parfrey intersperses this collection of full-color reproductions with essays....helpful to readers trying to make sense out of such images as UFOs closing their clamp-like hands around fretting females with their shirts unbuttoned..."
"Review" by , "...stunning historical evidence of the convoluted sexuality lurking in our epic archetype of the Real, True and All Man."
"Synopsis" by ,
The Adventure Magazine genre of Cold-War masculinity.
"Synopsis" by ,

"A panorama of lurid vintage covers and magazine layouts as well as acerbic insightful narratives from Parfrey... a sprawling, well-endowed retrospective of unbridled virility and lost mid-20th century American culture."—Spin

"Synopsis" by , Evil criminals, damsels in distress - the detective pulp magazine turned into something new during the Cold War paranoia of the '50s and '60s becoming men's adventure magazines. This forgotten horror-filled patriotic genre was home to three dozen titles and some of the best illustrators of the time.
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