It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps (Mens Adventure Magazines) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/8/11
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It's a Man's World was first released in 2003 to critical acclaim and was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and in the New York Times. This rich collection, filled with interviews, essays, and color reproductions of testosterone-heavy thirty-five-cent magazines with names like Man's Exploits, Rage, and Escape to Adventure (to name a few), illustrates the culture created to help veterans confront the confusion of jobs, girls, and the Cold War on their return from World War II and the Korean War.
Contributions from the original men's magazine talent like Bruce Jay Friedman, Mario Puzo, and Mort Kunstler bring the reader inside the offices, showing us how the writers, illustrators, editors, and publishers put together decades of what were then called "armpit slicks." Reproductions of original paintings from Norman Saunders, Kunstler, and Norm Eastman are featured within, and Bill Devine's annotated checklist of the many thousands of adventure magazines is essential for collectors of the genre.
The expanded paperback edition includes wartime illustrations and advertisements from mass-produced magazines that preview the xenophobia and racist ideas later seen throughout men's adventure magazines of the '50s and '60s.
I am afraid I may have seriously overestimated the amount of men's magazine original cover art that still exists, if these books that are supposed to be compendiums of the art of this group of magazines that still exists, and done by persons who are the experts in the field, with access to all the original art that is out there.(And I am starting to believe all the articles I read with interviews from the original artists who say they threw all their work away years ago!) In fact it appears that only Kunstler saved his art, and possibly Beecham and Eastman. Eastman is however, apparently still doing commissions of old covers so I am not sure about the history of those pieces, as I see copyright symbols showing up on some of his work now, and I saw him doing redrawing work for Rich Oberg, and even Kunstler is "re-doing" or "retouching" his older works, as I see multiple notice on Heritage auctions saying Kunstler has done this, along with the fact that it is apparently Kunstler who is selling his own pieces. Are you getting a little confused yet? I am. Sincerely, Ashley Batchelor
If you are interested in pulp fiction's final era, or just want insight into the mindset of the "Mad men" generation, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
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