Men's Adventure Magazines Hardcover – 1 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Steven Heller, a senior art director of the New York Times and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design program, is the author of over one hundred books on design, popular culture, and satiric art. In addition to writing for over a dozen TASCHEN titles, his recent books include Design Literacy Second Edition, Stylepedia, and The Education of a Graphic Designer. Collector Rich Oberg saw his first men's adventure magazine on a Piggly Wiggly grocery store magazine rack in 1968 and decided that maybe shopping with mom wasn't so bad after all. He began collecting the magazines and the original art that graced their covers in 1982 and now maintains the largest known collection in the United States. Max Allan Collins is a novelist and filmmaker fighting nature in Iowa (indoors). His novel Road to Purgatory is the sequel to his famed Road to Perdition, the basis of the motion picture starring Tom Hanks. He is also the author of the Nathan Heller novels, which have won him a Life Achievement Award from the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society. For over 20 years, George Hagenauer has been Collins's research associate, assisting on over two-dozen historical novels and collaborating with him on the Edgar Award-nominated The History of Mystery. His own freelance writing has been in the true crime field. He lives in Wisconsin.
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In some ways, and I'm being deeply serious for a moment, these magazines pandered to a man's baser instincts and prejudices on a sexual and racist level as well as displaying a crude attitude towards nature as a dire threat. There's also a distinct homoerotic subtext to some of the pictures.
But mainly this is the funniest book I've -I can't say 'read, can I?- that I've seen for ages. The very crudity of the sexuality on display, the brutality, nature run rampant, are all absolutely hilarious when viewed with a modern perspective. I also defy any Frank Zappa fan to look at the cover showing a man attacked by weasels and boasting the words 'Weasels ripped my flesh' not to collapse laughing.
I particularly like the nature run rampant chapter: "Chewed to bits by giant turtles", "Flying rodents ripped my flesh" (flying -technically, gliding- rodents tend to be vegetarian), reptiles, rats, vultures, octopuses (yes, I know it's 'octopi'), fiendishly fanged gorillas, and so many more.
Oh all right, yes there are more women with big chests in various stages of undress than a normal person would want to count -busting out all over, to coin a phrase.
This is a wonderful book and an incredible bargain for price, so sit back and revisit a time when men were men, women were big and busty, and nature was red in tooth and claw and enjoy. And then give thanks we've progressed somewhat since those days.
Now if those nice people at Taschen would produce a companion volume devoted to pulp science fiction and horror magazines, I'd be happy as a pig in a muddy sty.
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I am a little perplexed as to why Mr. Oberg, who I understand has the largest ORIGINAL art collection of men's magazine art in the world, and who put his name on this book as being the "Rich Oberg Collection" would not show more original art. Most of the art appears to be "tortured girl" art of Norm Eastman, who I understand Mr. Oberg has a connection with, and who paints recreations of the original art for Mr. Oberg. There is an attempt to make many covers of magazines look like original art, but the pixels are present and the blown up covers of magazines just eliminates the titles, and I don't understand why this was done when Mr. Oberg has the originals? There is certainly no doubt Mr. Oberg has the greatest collection of copies of Men's magazines.
Just a strange situation. Hopefully he is saving the originals for a third book! Now that book would really be something! In any event this a book highly recommended as a compendium of covers that can help you to identify the original art should you ever come across it. Sincerely, Ashley Batchelor
Barbershops were a male thorugh and through. The testoserone was thick. All conversation was sports, politics and juicy dirty jokes. A true introduction to adulthood for a young impressionable boy.
The best part was the stack of magazines. Men's magazines. Magazines I had never seen before with stories about faraway places and exotic adventure. Not to mention the girlie pictures.
This book brings it all back. Once again I was twelve, turning pages and reading stories that made me look at my father in a whole new way. Wow, was it great to be a man or what?
Man's Adventure focuses on the cover art of these great mags. Pity they didn't spend a few pages on the articles and the advertising.
Thanks Taschen for the mind trip, it was a great time to be a boy.
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