Vintage Pulp Jun 25 2019
A MAN'S OF MANY INTERESTS
Aussie magazine delves into love, sex, war, crime, and more.


We're back to Man's Epic today, a difficult to find Aussie adventure magazine published by K.G. Murray Co., the same group responsible for the amazing Adam magazine. K.G. Murray Co.'s provenance goes all the way back to 1936, when an Aussie advertising worker named Kenneth Gordon Murray launched Man magazine from offices in Sydney, and its mix of adventure, cartoons, and women caught on with readers. Murray expanded and would eventually publish Man Junior, Cavalcade, Gals and Gags, Adam, and numerous other titles. By 1954 the company was churning out eighteen monthly publications.

Man's Epic, which is not related to the U.S. men's magazine of the same name, came in October 1967, and switched to bimonthly in 1971, with the above issue published to span May through June 1973. Unfortunately, Man's Epic died in late 1977 or possibly early 1978, at the same time numerous men's magazines were withering with the changing times. Murray's umbrella company Publishers Holding Ltd. had become targeted in a takeover bid that resulted in K.G. Murray Co. being sold to Australian Consolidated Press, or ACP. After that point Murray's magazines were shuttered one by one by their new owners.

We're fans of Man's Epic, though this is only the second issue we've managed to buy. Inside you get articles about practitioners of warcraft, a story on motorcycle accidents that doesn't spare the carnage, and various models whose identities are new to us. There's also a lengthy feature on shocking sex rites, including a bit on San Simón, aka Maximón, the Mayan trickster deity native to our former beloved home of Guatemala. We once took a long drive from Guatemala across Honduras with an effigy of Maximón in the vehicle, and we learned about his trickster nature firsthand.

That story, by the way, was penned by Jane Dolinger, a trailblazing travel writer who ventured everywhere from the Sahara to the Amazon and wrote eight books, but is perhaps a bit forgotten today. The editors make sure readers know Dolinger is hot by publishing a glamour photo of her, which is a pretty sexist move, though she posed for provocative shots often. Meanwhile her framing of other cultures' sexual practices as abnormal is textbook racism. Abandon all hope ye who enter this magazine!

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Vintage Pulp Mar 24 2018
EPIC, MAN
Words can't even describe.

We've been trying to score a copy of Man's Epic for quite a while, and today, finally, we received this great Australian men's magazine via the international mails. We were so excited we immediately scanned a bunch of pages and have nothing more to say.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 6 2017
YOU ARE WHAT YOU KNOW
Zen and the higher purpose of men's magazines.

We're very interested in Australian men's magazines. Today we have a new entry for you—Cavalcade, published by Kenneth G. Murray, the same person that gave the world Adam. This issue from February 1956, has a killer cover—uncredited, which is par for K.G. Murray Publishing. There aren't many art or photo pages inside, but we've posted the ones that were there. You may have noticed the somewhat weird slogan “The Know Yourself Magazine.” We guess the idea being peddled is that Cavalcade helped men become better versions of themselves. It sounds almost zen, almost like the Buddha would say it. But then you open it and see all the raunchy cartoons and bikini beauties and realize—no, it's just a regular men's magazine. And if you bought it, you probably knew yourself quite well already. We may get back to this one a bit later.

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Vintage Pulp Nov 9 2012
COMPLETELY WAISTED
No, she’s not dead. She just passed out because her belt is cinched too tight.

Above is the cover of the November 1976 issue of Australia’s Adam magazine, with art for Philip Gould’s short story “Flight from Shadow.” Also in this issue is a tale from Mike Rader entitled “Wall of Fear,” a nice piece of Cold War fiction about a reporter in Germany who gets on the trail of what he thinks may be the story of his career. Unfortunately the clues lead to East Berlin and plenty of complications. We talked about Rader here and have corresponded with him, so it was nice to be able get hold of more of his fiction. It’s a shame K.G. Murray Publshing Co. never (as far as we know) collected the tales that appeared in Adam into a reader or anthology. Forty years of stories is a lot of literary output and it really needs a wider audience, not just for the entertainment value, but because the writing is an interesting window into the past. For instance Rader’s story, with its crossing into East Berlin, brings to life some details of that time that you don’t really get from just reading about the Berlin Wall. We also like the stories set in Australia and the vast spaces and isolation some of them describe. They make us want to fly down there. Anyway, below are about forty scans of the magazine’s interior, with its great illustrations, cartoons, and erotic photography. This makes twenty-five issues of Adam we’ve posted, and all of them have been a treat. We’ll have more from this excellent publication soon.


Update: This last model, just above, is German actress Andrea Rau. Didn't recognize her at first, but it's defnitely her

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Intl. Notebook Oct 5 2012
ADAM 12
We love it when a plan comes together.

We’re excited today. The international mails worked as advertised and we have secured a new stack of Adam magazines, which you know, if you follow this site, is our favorite of the post-pulp publications. It was launched in Sydney, Australia by Kenneth Gordon Murray, whose company K.G. Murray Publishing also produced Man, Man Junior, Foxylady, Eves From Adam, Laughs and Lovelies, Girls and Gags, and a raft of comic book titles as well. We had been looking for more K.G. Murray output for more than a year, but the prices were simply too high on the few items we found. This batch, we think, was fairly priced. Since the last issue we bought disappeared into the postal ether, we had little hope that a package this size would arrive safely. But arrive it did, and perhaps it teaches a lesson—maybe people are afraid to steal bigger packages because it seems more likely to produce consequences. Just a theory. Incidentally, we’re not putting down our lovely hosts here. We never had more mail disappear than when we lived in the U.S. and worked at a certain famous company that has a bunny logo. Instead of the company name, we used PEGI on those packages—that’s how likely our mail was to vanish otherwise. Anyway, look for many more appearances from Adam on Pulp Intl. to go with our already large collection—24 issues posted and counting. See those by starting here. 

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Vintage Pulp Feb 5 2012
BEST MAN
Waiting for her ship to come in.

From Sydney, Australia’s Kenneth G. Murray, who is the same person who published the great magazine Adam, here’s his earliest mass market imprint—the succinctly named Man. The name leaves no doubt what the magazine is about, and indeed this issue from February 1950 features cover art of an available woman strutting her stuff for some virile sailors, and inside you get pin-ups, pulp style illustrations, fiction, and humor. We found this Man and a few others in an online archive. Below are some scans from today's, including a black and white photo about midway down of American actress Angela Greene. We'll have more coming from the others later. 

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Vintage Pulp Sep 23 2011
FASHION SLAVE
I said wear overalls so you can carry some tools, but you had to wear the strapless mini and now look at you—useless!

This issue of Kenneth G. Murray’s Adam from September 1963 has a lovely cover illustration for W. H. Percival’s tale of danger and treasure hunting in Ceylon, “Cult of the Snake God,” as well as plenty of nice treats inside. As for the cover girl’s inappropriate crypt digging garb, well, she’s a slave and as any pulp aficionado knows, they’re usually sexy and very rarely have enough clothing to wear. In the story, the main character (with the unlikely name Rex Scarbe) decides to rescue the girl Mora from her evil master, but it turns out she’s setting a trap to sacrifice him to a giant python. Scarbe kills the python only to have Mora try to stab him in the heart. So the lesson is that the trustworthiness of a woman is directly proportionate to the amount of clothing she wears. Like you didn't already know that. 

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
November 19
1916—Goldwyn Pictures Formed
In the U.S.A., Samuel Goldfish and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures, which becomes one of the most successful independent film studios in Hollywood. Goldfish also takes the opportunity to legally change his last name to Goldwyn.
November 18
1916—First Battle of the Somme Ends
In France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off a battle against entrenched German troops which had begun on July 1, 1916. Known as the Battle of the Somme, this action resulted in one of the greatest losses of life in modern history—over three-hundred thousand dead for a net gain of about seven miles of land.
1978—Jonestown Cult Commits Mass Suicide
In the South American country of Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass suicide that claims 918 lives, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan, who had been visiting the makeshift cult complex known as Jonestown to investigate claims of abuse, is shot by members of the Peoples Temple as he tries to escape from a nearby airfield with several cult members who asked for his protection.
November 17
1973—Nixon Proclaims His Innocence
While in Orlando, Florida, U.S. President Richard Nixon tells four-hundred Associated Press managing editors, "I am not a crook." The false statement comes to symbolize Nixon's presidency when facts are uncovered that prove he is, indeed, a crook.
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