Vintage Pulp May 18 2014
A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
The cover changed substantially between editions but the weirdest bit stayed.


Remember our set of paperback covers featuring women who had died with their eyes agape? Here’s another to add to the list, which we saw over at Bill Crider’s blog. It’s Robert O. Saber’s The Affair of the Frigid Blonde, published in 1950 by the Handi-Books imprint of Quinn Publishing Company, Inc. This one is a bit strange, though, because of the three men seemingly hovering in mid-air to get a look through the deceased’s skylight. We chalk the bizarre perspective up to artistic license, or maybe we’re just not seeing it right. In fact, maybe she’s not even dead. Maybe she’s just in a state of shock. If we saw three guys floating above our skylight we’d fall into a stupor too. But no, the synopsis makes clear she’s dead. 

Anyway, Robert Saber was a pseudonym used by Milton K. Ozaki, who also published frequently under his own name. The book also appeared in Australia as The Deadly Blonde in 1953, published by the Australian imprint Phantom Books, with slightly altered art. Among other details, what looks like a robot but is probably supposed to be a lamp was removed from the background, a clock disappeared, a humanoid shadow at the far right edge vanished, and the woman’s undies were made less sheer (though the floating guys still get a pretty interesting angle). All in all, this is very instructive example of how cover art changes between editions of pulp paperbacks. We’ll dig up more examples later.

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Vintage Pulp Apr 18 2014
GUT REACTION
Some things are just too hard to stomach.

Above is the cover of an issue of the Australian adventure magazine Adam published this month in 1974, featuring an illustration for Herb Hild’s story “Move into Danger” (called “Hike into Danger” inside the magazine). Adam is one of the best men’s publications ever produced in our opinion, though it’s becoming more difficult to collect each day, which means we’re running out of new issues to post. But we aren’t done yet. Below are thirty great page scans and you can see thirty-four more issues of Adam we’ve posted over the years by clicking here and scrolling down.

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Vintage Pulp Mar 28 2014
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Tales from the wild frontier.

In Australia cowboys were called stockmen or ringers, but by any other name they raised hell the same way. At least, they did in pulp paperbacks. Below are ten vintage covers for westerns published in Australia during the 1950s and 1960s, and you can see more western covers from the U.S. here.

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Vintage Pulp Mar 5 2014
ADVICE AND DISSENT
Police Gazette trots out its resident experts to give readers advice sure to get them in deep trouble.


This April 1972 issue of The National Police Gazette offers up Australian bellydancer Rozetta Ahalyea as its cover star, touts a method about picking winning horses, instructs how to outsmart used car racketeers, and suggests what to do when your wife goes on a sex strike. Concerning the latter, is the answer to apologize for whatever fucked up thing you did? No—Gazette suggests withholding her allowance, or possibly disappearing one or two nights a week until she realizes she could lose you. Yeah, that’ll totally make things better.

Inside the issue are stories on Jackie Kennedy and Jack Ruby, Natalie Wood and her lovers, wiretappers, naked witchcraft, cosmetic surgery, and Cassius Clay, who the editors refuse to call Muhammad Ali despite his name change of eight years earlier. Gazette also offers to tell you what you don’t know about lesbians. And what would that be? According to hypnotherapist Dr. Frank Caprio, they’re all mentally damaged. Come on, surely you didn’t expect a different answer from the Police GazetteCaprio states: “There is some degree of homosexuality, latent or overt, in all women. [During] sexual development the homosexual component becomes sublimated in the form of friendships and non-sexual activities. However, in some instances this repression of the homosexual component is not successful and the individual finds herself the victim of bisexual conflicts.”

What kind of conflicts? Well, he cites the case of a woman who vomited uncontrollably for weeks due to unknown causes. After exhausting her options with physicians, she came to him for help and he determined that her guilt about a lesbian experience in her past was the cause of her non-stop cookie tossing. Caprio considers it an extreme but understandable reaction to a distasteful experience. So there you have it—everything you need to know about lesbians, provided for you by a heterosexual, middle-aged chauvinist who believes that “female homosexuality represents a flight from the responsibilities of marriage and motherhood.” Scans below.

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Vintage Pulp Jan 5 2014
GESTAPO TACTICS
Conduct unbecoming an officer and a publisher.

Above you see a rare book cover from Australia’s Horwitz Company for Jim Kent’s Gestapo Atrocity, an effort that falls broadly into a category of sleaze fiction (and cinema) sometimes called “nazisploitation.” Kent was prolific in this area, and in the realm of war sleaze in general, writing such evocatively titled books as Butchers of Vilna, Officer’s Love Slaves, Women of Landau, and Women of Stalingrad. He also wrote as Thane Docket and Cleve Banner. The rear cover of Gestapo Atrocity succinctly supplies the set-up, and you can read that below. By the way, we’re kidding about that “conduct unbecoming a publisher” crack in the subhead. We just needed something to put there and that was all we could think of. Horwitz published mounds of World War II fiction, nazisploitation being a subset, and all of it sold well to an eager Aussie public. We don’t think it would sell very well today, but you never know—a competent writer and good marketing can put anything over. Gestapo Atrocity was published in 1971, and the art is by Col Cameron.

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Vintage Pulp Nov 20 2013
VENGEANCE IS MINE
Always be careful or you may get carried away.

Today we have the November 1971 issue of our favorite vintage magazine—Australia’s Adam—with a cover illustrating Anthony Barker’s story “The Double Cross.” The scene shows the climax of Barker’s tale, when a torrent of water bursts through the wall of a mine and carries the hero’s two betrayers away. Inside the issue is the usual mix of fact, fiction, and cheesecake, and of special note is a three-page photo feature on Uschi Obermaier, who was already well known as a scion of West Germany’s political group Commune 1 and was on her way to even greater fame as a model, actress and rock groupie. As the latter she bagged two Rolling Stones, and of Jimi Hendrix once said, “He was the most beautiful of all my men. Making love with Jimi was one of the most profound experiences for me.” We bet it was pretty profound for him too. The photos we’ve scanned of Obermaier, which you’ll see at the bottom of the post, come from a famous beach session, images of which appeared in several magazines in the early 1970s. But these Adam shots have never been uploaded to the web before. So that’s our big accomplishment for today. See those sultry pix and thirty more scans below

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Vintage Pulp Sep 10 2013
DANGEROUS WATERS
If we ever get out of this, I’m never watching Shark Week again.

Our post from Sunday showed two guys who didn’t want to be rescued (sort of), and today, on this September 1964 cover of Australia’s Adam magazine, we have castaways that really need help. The illustration is for Hal Abbott’s story “Isle of Change,” a very interesting tale about a sailboat out of Pago Pago that sinks in a storm, marooning three survivors—first on a raft, then on a deserted island. One of the trio is a sailor devoted to his wife in Sydney, while the other two are scheming, dangerous women. In the end, one woman feeds the other to a shark that has been after them since the boat sank, and the sailor is compelled to keep the secret in order to avoid being blamed. Basically, the idea behind the story is: “There were savages on that island, and verily, they were us.” We have sixteen scans below, thirty-three issues of Adam already posted in the website, and eight more issues in the wings.

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Hollywoodland Aug 30 2013
McDONALD DUCKS
Marie McDonald gives her minders the slip in Australia.


Today we’re getting back to what we do well with some scans and tawdry tales from a mid-century tabloid—this time it’s Uncensored, published this month in 1965. There’s quite a bonanza inside. You get stories on Ray Charles’ ongoing narcotics problems, Jack Paar’s runaway ego, the health fad of Finnish saunas, and the astounding “fourth sex” (castratos, in case you’re curious). There’s also interesting coverage of American socialite Hope Cooke’s marriage to Crown Prince Palden Thondup Namgyal of a place called Sikkim, a Himalayan monarchy that is now a part of India. When Cooke married the prince in 1963 she became the second most famous American to marry into royalty (after Grace Kelly). The marriage made her a Maharajkumari, which has a nice ring to it, but the union was not successful. An amusing subhead on Uncensored scribe Aldo Ceruzzi’s article encapsulates the problem: Sophisticated though she is, it’ll take lots of doing to overlook those concubines! 

But the story we’re most interested in here is the one on American actress/singer Marie McDonald. We wrote about her before, her infamous nocturnal disappearance from her house, her discovery in the desert, and her weaving a story of abuse and abduction and placing the blameon two “swarthy” assailants. The cops dismissed her story out of hand, but Uncensored gives us a bit of new information on the debacle: But Marie was able to save the $8,000, six-carat diamond ring she was wearing at the time of the alleged snatch. Her unusual safe deposit box was discovered when a doctor examined her for evidence of [rape]. Probing south of the border, he found there were diamonds in them thar hills!
 
Well, wow. Just wow. And you notice how Uncensored slipped the words “snatch” and “box” into the account? Again, wow. Was that an accident? Noooo. No possible way. Most of the McDonald story, though, is actually about an incident that occurred several months before this issue of Uncensored was published in which she escaped from an Australian mental clinic (or “booby barn,” in Uncensored parlance). The scandalous aspect is not her escape, but the fact that she spent the next forty hours at the home of a “handsome admirer” she had met days earlier. What happened there? The imagination runs wild—with a little help from Uncensored. McDonald’s ongoing personal difficulties hadyears ago overshadowed her career, so readers were probably not surprised to come across yet another strange story about the sex symbol nicknamed "The Body." Seven marriages will have a tendency to turn one into the butt of jokes. But though Uncensored makes light of McDonald in that cutting way tabloids do, her life was truly no laughing matter—she committed suicide just two years after this issue appeared, in 1965. We will have more from Uncensored soon.

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Vintage Pulp Jul 28 2013
MAN'S WORLD
Man Junior introduces readers to some favorite spots.

Above and below, the cover and about twenty-five scans from Australia’s Man Junior magazine published in July 1955. None of the models, including the polka-dotted cover star who also gets a page inside, are identified. You can see another issue of Man Junior here. 

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Vintage Pulp Jul 15 2013
THE SPEAR IS WILLING
Whenever a marine predator gets too aggressive I use my spear gun—and as a bonus it works great on fish.

Above is a cover from Adam magazine published this month in 1963 with an illustration for Damon Mills’ “A Watch-Dog for Venus.” In the story a Brazilian heiress and her Aussie bodyguard only get over their mutual hatred when they suddenly realize the problem all along is they’re in love with each other. In the meantime there’s a kidnap attempt, lots of spear fishing, and turgid prose like this: “She stood staring at him, the water trickling down her body like quicksilver on bronze. She looked like a golden bride of the Sapa Inca.” Doesn’t that just make you smile, the way Mills makes similes of three metals in the same paragraph? If he’d said her hair was like beryllium and her eyes were like bismuth the description would be complete. Elsewhere in the issue you get more fiction, a bit of biography, and some unidentified bikini models. We have thirty-two more issues of Adam inside the website and you can see them by clicking the keywords “Adam Magazine” below.

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