Posted 3 years ago
- "True Men Stories" magazine / August 1957 issue / (Pulp Fiction)
- Published bi-monthly by Feature Publications, Inc.
- paperback / 82 pages / illustrated in black & white / advertisements
- This was one of many different "pulp" magazines geared toward men in the 50's and 60's. - This title was in publication from 1956 to 1974. - This adventure issue contains such stories as those shown above and "Pile the Fried Corpses High", "I Was Choking in a Pool of Gore", "1000 Blasted Bodies", and "Fetid Fangs Tore at My Throat". / Unsigned cover art illustrated by Wil Hulsey
*** These “men’s adventure” magazines catered to men of a different generation and reflected the taste and sensibilities of those men. The readership largely consisted of GI’s who had fought and survived the Big One, men who had experienced both adventure and gruesome death and violence. And to the men who hadn’t served, the magazines were a chance to live such adventures vicariously. The magazines were certainly not politically correct and were filled with “true” (typically fictionalized or embellished) stories of war, survival, crime, safari, and the Old West. A favorite theme was the showdown between man and wild flesh-eating beasts and critters. Stories of men rescuing women from the torture of savage natives or cruel enemy armies were common (as were tales of powerful Amazonian-like women and man-capturing gangs of female dominatrices). The headlines of the magazines were far more lurid and sensational then the actual stories inside the magazine. The magazines only cost 25 cents, and their insides were filled with cheap, pulpy pages printed only in black and white and packed full of ads for correspondence courses, baldness cures, and fitness programs. The popularity of men’s adventure magazines peaked in the late 1950s, when fifty different titles were published and hundreds of thousands of men picked up the magazines at the local drugstore or read them at barbershops.
They quietly disappeared in the 1970’s.