Femmes Fatales May 1 2019
BLACK OPS
Her role is shrouded in mystery.


This photo shows U.S. actress Margaret Lindsay in femme fatale mode, dressed in black, brandishing a pistol, and looking to make a widow or two if anyone gives her a hard time. This image has appeared online for several years, but always with the film it was made to promote unattributed. We thought we'd be able to help there via a little research, but we were thwarted. Lindsay made many films, and at least twenty fit the bill for a promo like this, including G Men, Lady Killer, Private Detective 62, Fog Over Frisco, and Scarlet Street. We then turned to image manipulation, which we used to pull out the otherwise invisible bits of text, and it looks like it says “© C.P. Corp. E.O cor-5-8.” Aha! That tells us, er, absolutely dick. Well, maybe one of you can decode it.

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Femmes Fatales Dec 29 2018
STARFACE
Crime doesn't pay. Wink, wink. Just kidding. It paid for me.


This promo photo stars U.S. actress Ann Dvorak. Despite its mischievous nature, it was made for the crime drama Scarface. The dress she's wearing is one you'll see her in if you watch the film. She had been performing since age four in uncredited roles and shorts but the gritty Scarface made her a star. She appeared in numerous movies after that, many of them enjoyable, but what we like most about her is her stage name. Generally Hollywood performers wanted names that sounded less foreign, but she actually chose Dvorak over her real last name McKim. She had great talent, so it wouldn't have mattered what name she acted under. See Three On a Match or G Men for good examples. The above is from 1932. 
 
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Vintage Pulp Jan 13 2014
SUPERMEN & SUPERWOMEN
… 282-Page Global Escapism … 15 Stories … Flawless Fun …


One of the many treats we managed to procure over the holidays was the book above, entitled He-Men, Bag Men & Nymphos, which is a collection of writings by mid-century men’s magazine author Walter Kaylin, a regular contributor to Men, True Action, Man’s World, and a host of other publications. The collection was put together by Robert Deis, along with Wyatt Doyle of the publishing company New Texture, and the titles of the stories are men’s magazine gold that tell you everything you need to know about what's inside. Example: “The Nymph Who Leads an African Death Army.”

Deis had already been inspired enough by the old monthlies to launch the website menspulpmags.com, but teaming up with Doyle to publish the work of one of the form’s most fondly remembered writers bespeaks true devotion to the idea of literary preservation. Deis was actually kind enough to send us both this book and the 2012 book Weasels Ripped My Flesh!, but we’ll get to Weasels later.

He-Men is an incredibly entertaining collection consisting of both Wyatt’s globe-trotting fiction and his highly descriptive reporting. Sample title: “The Yank Who Survived the 3,000 Mile Death Trek from Stalingrad.” You get fifteen pieces total, all of them prime examples of the fast and furious men’s magazine style, each prefaced by covers and spreads from the issues in which they originally appeared, a nice touch that brings in art from the likes of Harry Schaare, James Bama and Mort Künstler.
 
While collecting vintage magazines offers the reward of discovering some good fiction, along with the highs inevitably come some serious lows. But with He-Men, Bag Men & Nymphos Deis and Doyle have done the heavy lifting for everyone and pieced together a consistently engrossing slate of tales. Best title: “…108 Hour Mid-Ocean Ordeal … 500 Dead … 300 Still Afloat…” Highly recommended, and for more info check here
 
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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
June 21
1940—Smedley Butler Dies
American general Smedley Butler dies. Butler had served in the Philippines, China, Central America, the Caribbean and France, and earned sixteen medals, five of which were for heroism. In 1934 he was approached by a group of wealthy industrialists wanting his help with a coup against President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in 1935 he wrote the book War Is a Racket, explaining that, based upon his many firsthand observations, warfare is always wholly about greed and profit, and all other ascribed motives are simply fiction designed to deceive the public.
June 20
1967—Muhammad Ali Sentenced for Draft Evasion
Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who was known as Cassius Clay before his conversion to Islam, is sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to serve in the military during the Vietnam War. In elucidating his opposition to serving, he uttered the now-famous phrase, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”
June 19
1953—The Rosenbergs Are Executed
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted for conspiracy to commit espionage related to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet spies, are executed at Sing Sing prison, in New York.
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