Cult Magazines: A to Z: A Compendium of Culturally Obsessive & Curiously Expressive Publications

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Exploring the subcultures of mid-20th-century America, this encyclopedia comprehensively documents the huge quantity of cult magazines that thrived beneath the mainstream. Chronicling the period between 1925 and 1990, prior to the rise of the Internet age, the book reveals how thousands of these specialized magazines were produced, gratifying the secret life of every fad, taste, obsession, and hush-hush desire. Nothing was beyond the scope of the imaginative publishers and eccentric editors, the guide shows,...

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Overview

Exploring the subcultures of mid-20th-century America, this encyclopedia comprehensively documents the huge quantity of cult magazines that thrived beneath the mainstream. Chronicling the period between 1925 and 1990, prior to the rise of the Internet age, the book reveals how thousands of these specialized magazines were produced, gratifying the secret life of every fad, taste, obsession, and hush-hush desire. Nothing was beyond the scope of the imaginative publishers and eccentric editors, the guide shows, as it goes behind the scenes of titles such as Amazing Stories, Doctor Death, Gee-Whiz, Jaybird, Phantom Detective, and True Thrills. Featuring full-color reproductions of hundreds of distinctive cult cover images, this reference's backgrounds, histories, and essays offer a complete picture of a bygone era.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Contains a wealth of arcane information about many of the oddball magazines that once graced newsstands."  —New York Times Book Review

"No recent survey of magazines is more exciting and useful and purely entertaining."  —Scifiwire.com

"A joy. . . . A copiously illustrated guide to eye-poppingly weird publications, mostly from the 1930s through the ’60s, that explored saucy sex, UFOs, hot rods, the supernatural, 'hygiene,' and lowbrow comedy."  —Reason Magazine

Steven Heller
This awkwardly formatted book (it bends when you hold it) contains a wealth of arcane information about many of the oddball magazines that once graced newsstands, including an abundance of crime pulps—like Breezy Stories, Black Nylons, Strange, and True Mystic Confessions—as well as horror and girlie magazines…The design of this book may not be very appealing, but if you are a voracious cult-magazine aficionado the information and illustrations are well worth it.
—The New York Times
New York Times Book Review
Contains a wealth of arcane information about many of the oddball magazines that once graced newsstands.
Scifiwire.com
No recent survey of magazines is more exciting and useful and purely entertaining
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933065144
  • Publisher: NonStop Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,523,441
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl Kemp was a notorious producer of more than 5,000 salacious novels and men's magazines in the 1960s. He is a Hugo Award-winning editor and the author of Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties. He lives in Kingman, Arizona. Luis Ortiz is the author of Arts Unknown: The Life & Art of Lee Brown Coye and Emshwiller: Infinity X Two, the latter of which was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus awards. His writings have also appeared in Comics Journal, Filmfax, and Illustration Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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