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Soft Flesh + Orgies Of Death: Fiction, Features + Art from Classic Men’s Adventure Magazines


Men’s adventure magazines were a form of pulp publishing which flourished in 1950s + 1960s America, pandering to the cruelty + lust of young men with luridly illustrated stories of war, sleaze + savagery. They arose partly in response to the inauguration of the Comics Code in 1954, as a way of circumventing censorship by presenting material in a new, adults-only format. The prime years of the men’s adventure magazine unleashed a visual  + verbal deluge of exposed + tormented flesh, bloody mayhem + sexual delinquency, representing a unique cultural phenomenon in US publishing + art. Soft Flesh + the Orgies of Death includes numerous examples of garishly illustrated short pulp fiction, with categories like war, white slavery, Nazi horror, jungle curses, pirates, Red Menace, mobsters, torture, sadism, + erotic carnage. Includes work by such classic pulp artists as Norm Eastman, Norman Saunders + John Duillo. Softcover. 224 pages.

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