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Friday, March 19, 2021

WESTERN MAGAZINES—THE MEN'S ADVENTURE QUARTERLY

WESTERN MAGAZINES
THE MEN'S ADVENTURE QUARTERLY
The debut issue of The Men’s Adventure Quarterly is dedicated to the Western stories and art that originally appeared in the much maligned Men’s Adventure Magazines from the ‘40s through the height of their popularity in the ‘50s and ‘60s to their demise in the late ‘70s. Even though I had some idea of what to expect, I was still caught off-guard by the absolutely stunning quality of the magazine—from it’s striking visual layout, to its informative editorial content, to the stories themselves. This is top notch specialty publishing at its finest.
 
The Men’s Adventure Magazines were at their height of their popularity after World War II driven by an audience of returned military vets looking to adjust to civilian life, but still needing the adrenaline of battle. With their wild stories and the provocative, often prurient illustrations, which did indeed offended many a puritan, the Men's Adventure Magazines provided the needed thrills. Between the 40’s and ‘50s, as the pulps were giving way to the mass market paperback, the Men's Adventure Magazines bridged the gap with many Western stories from top writers including Lou Cameron and Jack Pearl. 
 
These stories would be lost to time if it wasn’t for the efforts of editor Bob Deis and production designer Bill Cunningham. In this first edition of the Men’s Adventure Quarterly, they have pulled together the best of the Westerns from the Men's Adventure Magazines for our enjoyment.
 
To be fair, I have to admit I did write a guest editorial for this debut issue, but as I mentioned above, I still had no idea how beautiful and jam-packed the finished product was going to be. Every fan of Westerns is going to not only want to add this to their collection, but will want to read every page. And if you are a fan of action espionage tales, issue two will light your fire.
 
To buy your copy of the Western edition of The Men's Adventure Quarterly CLICK HERE

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