Vintage Pulp Sep 3 2013
SAME OLD STORY
It’s true, Gruppenführer, they don’t seem like fearsome torturers, but wait—they segue into a comedy bit that could make even Churchill beg for death.

Many men’s magazines had a niche, and Man’s Story’s area of specialization was covers depicting Nazis torturing women. Take a quick scan around the internet and you’ll see what we mean. This uncredited effort from September 1963 illustrates Chuck McCarthy’s “Soft Bodies for the Nazis’ Hall of the Living Dead,” and as a bonus the two torturers are a stray from a toga party wearing the latest Nazi bling, and a one-eyed Quasimodo type whose mop of hair must be the envy of the Reichstag. Looking in the background, we can see what fate awaits the beleaguered woman—she’ll be sealed in a glass coffin, drugged, but alive and conveniently accessible when her turn comes for future indignities. As the immortal James Brown sang, “This is a man’s, a man’s, a man’s world, but torture would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.” Or at least that’s what the editors of Man’s Story thought. Scans below, and another example of Nazi torture here.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 16 2013
BEDEVILED IN A RED DRESS
It’s the color that says you refuse to go unnoticed.


In fashion they say it takes a confident woman to wear a red dress. In pulp, it takes a woman with a death wish. Below are fourteen pulp, adventure, and detective magazine covers illustrating that point, with art by Bud Parke, George Gross, Barye Phillips and others, as well as a couple of photo-illustrations.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
April 03
1943—Conrad Veidt Dies
German actor Conrad Veidt, who starred in films such as The Man Who Laughs and The Thief of Baghdad, but was most famous for playing the Nazi antagonist Major Strasser in the all-time cinema classic Casablanca, dies of a heart attack on a golf course in Los Angeles, just six months after Casablanca was released.
April 02
1930—Selassie Becomes Emperor
Haile Selassie I, whose birth name Tafari Makonnen and title "Ras" give the Rastafarian religion its name, is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia. Selassie would become one of the most important leaders in African history, and earn global recognition through his resistance to Italy's illegal invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. Selassie died in August 1975 under disputed circumstances.
April 01
1984—Marvin Gaye Dies from Gunshot Wound
American singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, who was famous for a three-octave vocal range which he used on hits such as "Sexual Healing" and "What's Going On," is fatally shot in the chest by his father after an argument over misplaced business documents. Gaye scored forty-one top 40 hit singles on Billboard's pop singles chart between 1963 and 2001, sixty top 40 R&B hits from 1962 to 2001, and thirty-eight top 10 singles on the R&B chart, making him not only one of the most critically acclaimed artists of his day, but one of the most successful.
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