It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps, Expanded Edition

Adam Parfrey (Editor)


It's a Man's World was first released in 2003 to critical acclaim and was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and in the New York Times. This rich collection, filled with interviews, essays, and color reproductions of testosterone-heavy thirty-five-cent magazines with names like Man's Exploits, Rage, and Escape to Adventure (to name a few), illustrates the culture created to help veterans confront the confusion of jobs, girls, and the Cold War on their return from World War II and the Korean War.

Contributions from the original men's magazine talent like Bruce Jay Friedman, Mario Puzo, and Mort K nstler bring the reader inside the offices, showing us how the writers, illustrators, editors, and publishers put together decades of what were then called "armpit slicks." Reproductions of original paintings from Norman Saunders, K nstler, and Norm Eastman are featured within, and Bill Devine's annotated checklist of the many thousands of adventure magazines is essential for collectors of the genre.

The expanded paperback edition includes wartime illustrations and advertisements from mass-produced magazines that preview the xenophobia and racist ideas later seen throughout men's adventure magazines of the '50s and '60s.

Product Details

$34.95  $32.15
Feral House
Publish Date
August 11, 2015
8.5 X 0.7 X 10.9 inches | 2.6 pounds
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About the Author

Adam Parfrey is the editor of Apocalypse Culture, Apocalypse Culture II, It's a Man's World, and coeditor of Sin-a-Rama. He is the coauthor of Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society, The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction and Its Hermetic Influence Throughout the Ages, and Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs. Adam also wrote the compilation Cult Rapture, which contained his early feature article on the crazy Keane story.