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”)

MagazineArt.org

MagazineArt.org

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

Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site

Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site

Doug Gilford's great Mad Magazine reference site features cover scans and reference information on every issue of t… [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    

Touch & Go Zine 22 Poison Idea Ssd Tar Babies Minor Threat Black Flag Kbd PunkDoa - Hardcore 81 Lp Kbd Punk Toxic Reasons Solger Fix Effigies Meatmen NecrosTouch & Go Zine 13 Fix Necros Black Flag Necros Doa Teen Idles Kbd PunkAtomic Ranch Magazine Huge Lot 31 Issues 7-38 Mid Century Modern Danish ModernStephen King's Debut Of "one For The Road" In Maine Magazine March/april 1977Rare 1947 Marilyn Monroe Norma Jean Personal Romances June Bride Magazine HesseTar Babies - Face The Music 12" Mech Mensch Void Minutement Black Flag Kbd PunkVintage Circus 13 Magazine Lot Feb 1977 - December 1977 Bowie Kiss Zeppelin MoreGuerriglia Urbana - Skinheads 1982 Demo Tape Italian Oi Punk Nabat Rip OffRare 1888 Original National Geographic Magazine, Volume 1 Number 1Lot 16 Vtg Schwarzenegger Muscle Body Building Magazines Builder Power Iron ManMurder Mysteries July 1929Vintage Motocross Action Magazine In Binder - 12 Issues 1979 - Good ConditionMay 1946 - U.s. Camera Magazine - Marilyn Monroe - Norma Jean Early AppearanceTeen Angels Issue 31 In Vg Condition No Writing On Pages Chicano Culture ArtHome Shop Machinist Magazine 1992 -1996 5 Years, Complete Boxed SetsLot First Four Issues Of Humorama Bettie Page Bill Ward Girlie Pinup Vintage Vintage Life Magazine Dec. 19 1969 Charles Manson Cult Leader ExcellentPlayboy First Issue Dec. 1953 Marilyn Monroe Nude 1st Issue Limited EditionFantastic Story Fall 1954 - Back To The Future - Not A Reprint!Dice Magazine Lot - 31 Issues Vintage Chopper Bobber 10, 12-31, 35-43, 52Bruce Lee John Saxon Twelve Weeks In Hong Kong Signed By Linda & Shannon LeeThrilling Mystery April 1936Vintage Circus 22 Magazine Lot Jan 1978 - Dec 1978 Aerosmith Kiss Zeppelin QueenVintage Circus 10 Magazine Lot April 1976 - December 1976 Bowie Zeppelin StonesCreem Magazine 1976-1983 Lot 17 Issues Rock & Roll MagazinesScore Men's Magazine Vol.10 No.8Vintage June 1930 Screenland Magazine Joan Crawford Sexy Pin Up Rolf ArmstrongThree (3) Vintage "gent Home Of The D-cups" 1979 Lot Of 11 Adult Magazines Playboy-club-hustler-penthouseProjects In Metal, 1988-1998 Years, Complete Boxed SetsAndy Warhol Interview Magazine Michael Jackson Interview Vol 12 #10 1982 Pit Bull Terrier Memoires Of The Past Finkle Winkle Book~scarceVintage Huge Lot Adult Magazines~early 1980s/late 1970s~high Society~3-d GlassesThe Shadow Pulp Magazine July 1940 Vintage CrimeSeattle Syndrome 2 Lp Mr Epp Calculations 3 Swimmers Cinema 90 Minimal SynthRave Magazine November 1956 James Dean Elvis Presley Jayne MansfieldCity Of Caterpillar Lp Pg99 Majority Rule Pg 99 Pageninetynine Page NinetynineThrilling Mystery March 1936Rodder's Journal, # 2, Two,Orbit Black Stocking Garter Fetish Pin Up Magazine Gene Bilbrew Art 1961 SelbeeBreezy Stories Pulp October 1944 Spicy Pulp George Quintana Gga Cover NrPenthouse Magazine October 1969 Vol. 1 No. 2 No. 3. & No. 4!!! Plus 1 More IssueVintage December 1940 Red Star Mystery Volume 1, #4 ! H.j. Ward Cover Art!Vintage January 1938 Thrilling Mystery! Gorgeous Highgrade Condition! Sexy Pulp!Breezy Stories Pulp December 1943 Gga Cover Enoch Bolles Winter Spicy Scarce NrVintage Time Magazine Featuring Super Horse Secretariat June 11, 1973Richardson Magazine, Issue A1, December 1998Lot: 2 1941 Vogue Magazines~women's Fashion~perfume Ads~art Deco~schiaparelli AdOutdoor Life MagazineBruce Lee Foundation Program Seattle 2013 Signed By Linda & Shannon LeeTiger Beat And 16 Magazines From The 1970'sFamous Monsters Lot Of 9/ #31-39/warren/fja/all 9 For One Bid!/nice Lot!!/see(12) Vintage Weekly Magazine Liberty Of Mixed Dates Apr To Nov 1931 N/rLife Magazine 7 December 1953 Audrey Hepburn On CoverBruce Lee Wing Luke: Do You Know Bruce? Exhibition Poster And PamphletPopular Detective March 1936 Lot Vintage Iron Man Muscle Body Building Magazines Zane Ferrigno Waller ViatorPlayboy Special Edition Lot Book Of Lingerie Magazines40 Vtg Lot Pro Wrestling 70s-90s Magazines Wwf Nwa Awa Hulk Hogan Flair Posters