Men's Adventure Magazines: In Postwar America: The Rich Oberg Collection



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The History of Men's Adventure Magazines in Postwar America.

From the Rich Oberg Collection by Max Allan Collins and George Hagenauer

Over 1000 men's adventure magazine covers with lurid headlines and great illustrations of sweaty men and buxom women (sometimes replaced by vicious animals) as painted by the likes of Norm Saunders, Stan Borack, Frank McCarthy, Raphael de Soto, Mort Kunstler, Earl Norem, and others! With introductory text by Max Allan Collins and George Hagenauer.

From the Publisher:

Battling dangerous beasts such as ferocious lions, venomous snakes, or swarms of man-eating weasels, the hunky heroes of men's adventure magazines were frequently depicted struggling to protect themselves and especially their buxom female companions from the gruesome tragic ends that threatened their every waking moment. Whether stranded on desert islands, clashing with motorcycle gangs, or shackled in prison camps, the magazines' male and female protagonists were perpetually fighting their ways out of dangerous predicaments.

To pay homage to the American periodicals of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s that "documented" such outrageous exploits, TASCHEN brings you this hefty, comprehensive guide packed full of colorful cover art, sumptuous sample spreads, and enlightening essays. With an in-depth introductory essay describing the history, culture, and artistry of men's adventure--a.k.a. "sweat"--magazines, as well as chapter-by-chapter exploration of various subjects including the role of women and the portrayal of Communists, this definitive study of the genre examines not only the popular appeal of the magazines but also their social and political implications.

*Winner of the 2007 Anthony Award for Non-Fiction from the Bouchercon mystery convention!*

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer,artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.


Max Allan Collins, George Hagenauer

Condition & Attributes

Spine cocked otherwise Fine in Fine dustjacket


Max Allan
Collins, George Hagenauer

Publishing Information

Hong Kong

Physical Description

8.75 inches
7 inches
352 pages