Chronicling the period between 1925 and 1990, prior to the rise of the Internet age, the book reveals how thousands of these specialized magazines were produced, gratifying the secret life of every fad, taste, obsession, and hush-hush desire.
Nothing was beyond the scope of the imaginative publishers and eccentric editors, the guide shows, as it goes behind the scenes of titles such as Amazing Stories, Doctor Death, Gee-Whiz, Jaybird, Phantom Detective, and True Thrills.
Featuring full-color reproductions of hundreds of distinctive cult cover images, this reference's backgrounds, histories, and essays offer a complete picture of a bygone era.
Earl Kemp was a notorious producer of more than 5,000 salacious novels and men's magazines in the 1960s. He is a Hugo Award-winning editor and the author of Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties. He lives in Kingman, Arizona. Luis Ortiz is the author of Arts Unknown: The Life & Art of Lee Brown Coye and Emshwiller: Infinity X Two, the latter of which was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus awards. His writings have also appeared in Comics Journal, Filmfax, and Illustration Magazine. He lives in New York City.