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]

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    

9. Leader Magazine April, 1946 Rare Norma Jeane Marilyn Monroe First Solo CoverPlayboy January 1955 | Cgc 8.5 Very Fine + White Pages | Bettie Page8. Votre Amie No. 44, Sept 3,1946 Rare Norma Jeane Marilyn Monroe Magazine CoverLot Of 37 Nintendo Power Issues W/ Posters 1988-1996 - 1st Issue IncludedTrue Romance - Gorgeous, Huge Marilyn Monroe Cover! 1951 Rare And Classic!Playboy Magazine 1953 December 1st Issue Marilyn Monroe Original Marilyn Monroe Photoplay May 1953! Htf!!Far East Adventure Stories December 1930Rare Vtg Los Angeles Times Tv Times Tv Guide Weekly Tv Magazine Batman On Cover Spicy Detective Stories Oct 1936 Very Good Original Bellem Ward Cover Pulp1953 Marilyn Monroe Full Cover West Point Magazine From Hong KongThrasher Magazine Skateboard Vintage 1986 June, Danzig On The CoverVtg Creem Magazine Lot 1976 Ten Issues The Beatles Bob Dylan Led ZeppelinVtg Circus Magazine Lot 1977 1978 1979 28 Issues Queen Kiss Alice CooperVtg 70s Rock Scene Magazine Lot 13 Issues Sex Pistols The Ramones KissVtg Creem Magazine Lot 1974 Four Issues Alice Cooper David BowieMarilyn Monroe Se Apago La Estrella! Foreign Argentina 1962! Rare! Htf!Vtg Circus Magazine Lot 1976 Eighteen Issues Lou Reed Bob Dylan Led ZeppelinTrue Strange Stories July 1929Spicy Stories Magazine September 1934 Pulp Fiction Photos Very Good- ConditionVtg Creem Magazine Lot 1975 Six Issues Alice Cooper David Bowie StonesMayfair Vol.23 No.3 Vintage Men's Magazine Vtg Creem Magazine Lot 1977 Ten Issues The Queen Frampton Led Zeppelin KissMarilyn Monroe Cine Universal Mexico 1962! Rare! Htf!Bromide July-2015 Exo Shinee Bigbang A High4 Dream Concert News Kpop MagazineSpain ~ Vintage El Amor Joven 1977 ~ Eva Ionesco ~ Hamilton ~jacques BourboulonJohn Wayne The Official Collector's Edition Volume 16. Marilyn Monroe Cover - Noir Et Blanc French Magazine 1953 No 418 Vtg OriginalPep Stories Magazine 4/30 Girlie Pulp Enoch Bolles Cover Art Vf+ Condition RareVtg Circus Magazine Lot 1975 Eleven Issues Jethro Tull David Bowie StonesSexy The Body Issue Espn Magazine July 23, 2012 Ronda Rousey!!!Dime Mystery Magazine - July 1936 - Vintage Pulp - 2 Novels Of Eerie MysterySet Of 7 Issue Cinema Retro Magazine Us And Uk Editions Where Eagles Dare Marilyn Monroe Collana Biografica Foreign Milano Italy! January 1954! Rare! Htf!Tyler The Creator Odd Future Ofwgkta Rare Bape Bathing Ape Magazine E Mook 2011Rare Vtg 1966 Evening Outlook Santa Monica California Tv Week Batman On CoverVintage Nintendo Power Lot 80's 90's Posters Cards Stickers Etc Included Bromide June-2015 Exo Exid Vixx Kimwoobin Bigbang Bts Block B Kpop MagazineTime Boss John Gotti Andy Warhol Cover Art September 29 1986 Vtg Creem Magazine Lot 1978 1979 11 Issues Rolling Stones Led ZeppelinRetro Videogame Magazine Issue 1 January February 20141906 The Outing Magazine Of Sports And OutdoorsLot Of 44 Nintendo Magazines-game Players / Game Pro / Electronic Gaming Monthly1966 Life Magazine Batman - Very Rare!Cinefex 3 Star Wars Empire Strikes Back December 1980Verve Artistic & Literary Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 1938, In Original BoxPlayboy March 1954 | 1.0 Fair | Dolores Del MonteSpicy Stories Magazine 11/29 Girlie Enoch Bolles Pinup Art Vf+ ConditionVintage Satan 1957 Vol.1 No.2 Risque Bettie Page Cover Centerfold & Pinup PhotosVintage Girlie Pinup Magazine Gala May June 1950 Vol 1 Number 1 Marilyn Monroe Detective Short Stories November 1940Eyeful Magazine 10/52 Spicy Peter Driben Cover Pinup Art Girlie RareVtg Circus Magazine Lot 1973 1974 Ten Issues Jethro Tull Alice Cooper++A. Marilyn Monroe Cover - Cosmopolitan - Vol. 134 No. 5, May, 1953 Vtg Very GoodMarilyn Monroe Movie Land January 1953! Htf!!Vintage Thrasher Skateboarding Magazine January 1987 March 1968 Avant Garde Magazine W Marilyn Monroe Portfolio Serigraphic PrintsDime Mystery Book Magazine - April 1933 - Vintage Pulp - Red Room Of DeathElectronic Games-atari Age-antic Vintage Magazine 1980s LotBromide August-2015 Btob Teen Top Sistar Big Bang Snsd Girl's Day Kpop Magazine