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By Sam Savitt, Mort Kunstler, Rafael DeSoto, Basil Gogos et al. 50 full page illustations, 16 in color. Men’s adventure magazines were the pulps of the 1950s and 1960s, pandering to young men with luridly illustrated stories of war, sleaze and savagery. They arose partly in response to the the Comics Code in 1954, as a way of circumventing censorship in “adults-only” magazines. They also relived the excesses of World War II and Korea, with new battles against Nazis, dictators, and madmen, co-starring all the unclad beautiful women you could ever imagine! Complete stories! Deicide, 2014. Mature Readers.

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50 full page illustations, 16 in color. Men’s adventure magazines were the pulps of the 1950s and 1960s, pandering to young men with luridly illustrated stories of war, sleaze and savagery. They arose partly in response to the the Comics Code in 1954, as a way of circumventing censorship in “adults-only” magazines. They also relived the excesses of World War II and Korea, with new battles against Nazis, dictators, and madmen, co-starring all the unclad beautiful women you could ever imagine! Complete stories!

The prime years of the men’s adventure magazine unleashed a visual and verbal deluge of exposed and tormented flesh, bloody mayhem and sexual delinquency, representing a unique cultural phenomenon in US publishing and art. This was also a proving ground for artists during a time of change, and many illustrators who would go on to paint paperback covers, do interior artwork for major magazines, and even create movie posters, got their start in these pages.

Arists appearing here include Sam Savitt, Mort Kunstler, Rafael DeSoto, Basil Gogos, and Ted Lewin. Most of the artwork is uncredited, but other artists known to be contributors to this genre (not necessarily here) include James Bama and Norman Saunders.

The fourth new anthology (in the “Soft” series) collects more prime examples of text and artwork from a range of men’s adventure magazines. The book is divided into two main sections: Features includes a selection of sensationalistic, semi-factual confessions and case histories on such subjects as Wild West massacres, serial killers, mobsters, female chain gangs, and other aberrations; and Fiction collects numerous examples of garishly illustrated short pulp fiction, with categories including war, white slavery, Nazi horror, jungle savagery, Red Menace, Devil Worship, torture, sadism and erotic carnage.

The book also features numerous examples of interior art from classic men’s magazines, and includes 35 features and stories, with more than 50 illustrations, and 16 pages of full color. The other “Soft” series books include Soft Brides for the Beast of Blood, Soft Flesh and Orgies of Death and Soft Nudes for the Devil’s Butcher.

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