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Dian Hanson’s: The History of Men’s Magazines. Vol. 4: 1960s Under the Counter

Copertina rigida8.4 x 10.9 in.4.63 lb460 pagine70Edizione: Francese, Inglese, Tedesco Disponibilità: Disponibile
Between 1959 and 1969 “under the counter” magazines, with more explicit and quirky content, appeared in the U.S. and Europe. Meet California’s King of Magazines, leg man Elmer Batters, bondage master Irving Klaw, England’s Harrison Marks, and learn how Scandinavia killed censorship in 650+ covers and interiors.
Dian Hanson’s: The History of Men’s Magazines. Vol. 4: 1960s Under the Counter

Dian Hanson’s: The History of Men’s Magazines. Vol. 4: 1960s Under the Counter

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Too Hot for Public

California slicks and Swedish Sin test the censors

In 1958 Milton Luros left his New York job designing and illustrating detective pulp magazines for North Hollywood, California. A year later, with a loan from an underworld figure, he founded a publishing empire that revolutionized men’s magazines in the 1960s. His so-called “California slicks” borrowed bad-girl themes from pre-Playboy burlesque titles, featuring big hair, heavy make-up, cigarettes, and cocktails, but in west coast mid-century settings with better photography, paper, and printing. With no redeeming articles, they were too strong for newsstands, but outsold Playboy in tobacco shops and specialty bookstores.

Californian Elmer Batters invented leg art photography the same year, with titles Black Silk Stockings, Leg-O-Rama, Tip Top, Elmer’s Naked Jungle and more. Back in New York, Irving Klaw introduced fetish digests in the same specialty bookstores, leading to a ’60s fetish boom, with Lenny Burtman’s High Heels, Satana, Striparama, and Leg Show. A simultaneous uptick in sexploitation films spawned sexploitation film magazines, including Blazing Films and Banned.

Sixties freedom spread to England too, where George Harrison Marks launched Kamera and Solo magazines with totally naked models posed to barely hide the banned bits, inventing “top shelf” titles: those not on public display. And lastly, up north, Swedish Sin was coined, with the first magazines challenging European censorship; a challenge they’d soon win.

Volume 4 in this series contains over 650 ground-breaking covers and photos from the U.S., England, and Sweden with descriptive text.
L'editore

Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book Editor. Her titles include the “body part” series, The Art of Pin-up, Masterpieces of Fantasy Art, and Ren Hang.

Dian Hanson’s: The History of Men’s Magazines. Vol. 4: 1960s Under the Counter
Copertina rigida21.3 x 27.7 cm2.10 kg460 pagine

ISBN 978-3-8365-9237-6

Edizione: Francese, Inglese, Tedesco

“Men’s magazine” is a euphemism for “sex magazine,” and this series traces its origins from 1900 to 1979, from the first coy French illustrations to the adult emporiums of Amsterdam, in six volumes, 2,760 pages, and nearly 4,000 full color covers and interior images. Dian Hanson produced men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Puritan, JUGGS, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book editor.