Vintage magazines appeal to people who have a particular interest in old paper, to be sure, but they are also collected for the specific content on and between their covers. For example, those who have fond memories of JFK may seek out copies of the November 29, 1963, issue of “Life,” with its formal portrait of the recently assassinated 35th president on its somber cover. Serious Beatles fans almost certainly want a copy of the January 9, 1968, issue of “Look,” which included a quartet of full-page, psychedelic photos of John, Paul, George, and Ringo by Richard Avedon. And military historians may collect copies of “Colliers” printed during World War II for its articles by Martha Gellhorn, who famously stowed away on a hospital ship so she could report on the D-Day landing at Normandy.

Not all magazine collectors are so high-minded. Year in and year out, one of the most popular vintage-magazine titles has been “Playboy,” especially its undated first issue from December of 1953, which featured a Marilyn Monroe centerfold. For those who claim that they only read “Playboy” for the articles, there are numerous more literary issues to choose from, including the March, April, and May editions from 1954, in which Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” was serialized in its entirety.

For art lovers, there are old copies of “The Saturday Evening Post,” which were famous for its covers by Norman Rockwell, and “Harper’s Weekly,” which occasionally had covers by Maxfield Parrish. More recently, copies of “Oz,” a London music, fashion, and culture magazine from the late 1960s, have been in demand for the artwork created for it by Martin Sharp, who silkscreened posters of Bob Dylan on foil and made album covers for Cream.

Other magazines fall somewhere between comic books and science-fiction novels, such as issues of “Amazing Stories,” which, in the 1940s, reprinted a number of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tales of earthman John Carter’s adventures on Mars, or, as it was named by Burroughs, Barsoom. “Argosy” was also an outlet for Burroughs, serializing his “Tarzan” adventures in the 1920s and ’30s.

Finally, there are magazines that are infamous for being spot-on parodies of other magazines. In 1972, the “Harvard Lampoon” produced its version of “Cosmopolitan,” which featured a nude centerfold of Henry Kissinger, which was as disgusting as you might imagine it would be. Not to be outdone, in 1980, “New West” produced a slim but brilliant five-page parody of “Sunset” which it called “Sunsect,” featuring a family picnicking in the shadow of a nuclear power plant on the cover and articles such as “Mule trips into East Los Angeles--a guide" and "Tulips so big they eat meat" inside.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

This incredible database of over 3700 magazine covers from 1850-1950 is both beautiful and informative. Start here … [read review or visit site]

Ephemera Blog

Ephemera Blog

Marty Weil's wide-ranging, in-depth blog on ephemera, including lots of great interviews with ephemera collectors. … [read review or visit site]

Ephemera Society of America

Ephemera Society of America

Great reference on ephemera... includes examples and descriptions of various ephemera categories, selected special … [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Original 1957 Challenge Men's Magazine Pulp Lurid War Illustration Art PaintingFigure Quarterly Magazine Ravishing Redhead June Mccall Risqué Pin-up Cover 1955August 1935 Startling Detective True Crime Magazine Spicy Pulp Police ShootoutHorror Stories Feb-mar 1938 - Norvell PageLot Of Custom Van Magazines - Vans Pickups Truckin Rv World 21issues + 2 BooksVintage February 1933 Film Fun Magazine Enoch Bolles Winter Pin-up Wanna Pet?Playboy June 1955 | Cgc 9.2 Near Mint - | Donna KimeWeird Tales Pulp Magazine March 1938 Very Good ConditionEmpire Magazine January 2016 Star Wars The Force Awakens Subscriber R2-d2 C-3poOriginal - Spicy Detective May 1942 - Robert Leslie BellemChristian Dior Homme Intense Eau De Parfum Spray For Men 3.4oz Edp / Free ShipLot Of 4 + Vintage 1960 1961 Karting World Magazine Go Kart Cart BookPlayboy Magazine Vol.2 # 7 July 1955 Cgc 9.043 Volume Lot Of Nintendo Power Mags, Jan 91 - Dec 95, Snes Era Issues 20-79 Penthouse Vol.28 No.8 Vintage Men's Magazine - Features Sam FoxSee Magazine - Gorgeous And Huge Marilyn Monroe Bathing Suit Cover! - 1955Pulp Fiction - Science Fiction Magazines - Lot Of 33 40s And 50sPaul ''kurt Schnurr' Kirchner Hand Drawn Orig.cover Art For ''screw' Magazine.Laff - Huge Norma Jean Cover - August 1946 - Rare - Cover Only - Marilyn MonroeDetective Yarns February 1939 - Fredric BrownWorld Countdown Magazine 1967 Rolling Stones The Doors Who Byrds Vito Paulekas1937 Film Fun Magazine~pin-up~cheesecake~beautiful Cover + 80 Pages~Vintage Pulp Magazines. Spicy Mystery Dec-1942. Dime /strange Detective.bondageRare Marilyn Monroe A.m. Australian Magazine July 5,1955 Austrailan MagazineBlack Mask October 1936 - Lester Dent’s “sail”The Fretboard Journal, Issue 2 ( Fall, 2006 ). Neko Case. Free Shipping.Pulp Fiction - Galaxy Science Fiction Magazines - Lot Of 65 1950-1969Film Fun Mag 11/1933 Pin-up Girl Cvr Spicy Movie Star Pics Flapper Enoch Bolles1932 Silver Screen Magazine~(vol 2 No. 9)~greta Garbo~66 PagesVintage Old Playboy Magazine - November 1954 - 12th IssueLot Of Five 1933 Argosy Pulp Magazines~adventure~short Stories Serials +Vintage Teen Angels Magazine #107 Prison Art , Chicano Art, LowriderMayfair Vol.35 No.1 Vintage Men's Magazine - 35th Anniversary Edition22 Issues Of Alpinist Magazine Rock/mountain ClimbingPlayboy February 1962 | Cgc 8.5 Very Fine + | Cynthia Maddox37 Issues "amazing Stories" Sci-fi Pulp Magazines Feb. 1946 - Oct. 1949Bedtime Stories November 1936 - H J Ward CoverThrilling Mystery - November 1940Complete Set 24 H.g. Wells Magazines The Outline Of History + 2 Book Set, NrHuge Lot Taunton's Fine Woodworking Magazine Back Issues 1999 - 2015 Wood Craft1930 Far West Stories Street & Smith Pulp Magazine Frontier Fight Cover 1933 Real Screen Fun Magazine~pin-ups~cheesecake~ Beautiful Cover + 64 Pgs~First Issue! Antique January 4 1883 Life Magazine Vol 1 No 11938 Modern Screen Magazine~irenne Dunne By Earl Christy~114 PagesEight Issue Lot Of Tiger Beat Star 1977 Charlie's Angels, Osmonds,star Wars,leifMayfair Vol.33 No.3 Vintage Men's Magazine Penthouse Vol.32 No.2 Vintage Men's Magazine - Features Maria WhittakerPlayboy 1955 December Excel Collector Condition - Great Bday Gift - No Reserve!Mayfair Vol.46 No.4 Vintage Men's Magazine Penthouse Vol.26 No.12 Vintage Men's Magazine 1939 Modern Screen Magazine~shirley Temple By Earl Christy~84 Pages~Real Police Story Magazine - First IssueDime Mystery June 1936 - Schachner, Ernst, GruberAnthology Magazine Issue 2 - Winter 2011Famous Monsters Of Filmland/set Of 3 Paperbacks/ Great Readers/horror/see!1923 Life Magazine ~ Maxfield Parrish Cover August 30 ~ Volume 82 ~ Number 2130Vintage 1970s Men's Magazine Lot X23 Gallery Hustler Penthouse Genesis Oui John Lennon And The Beatles By Richard Avedon Look Magazine Jan 1968 Mod CoverVintage Horror Parade By R. Thurston Hopkins - Horror Pulp Fantasy - Mitre Publ. 1986 Penthouse Adult Magazines Lot Full Year 12 Issues