10 Sexy Pulp Magazine Covers; 10 Very Boring Headlines
If you go looking for vintage pulp magazine covers, it's easy to end up thinking your father's or grandfather's generation was an S&M-obsessed orgy of kink. Either men are tied up or being dominated by women in the illustrations, or vice versa.
"Orgy of Kink!!!!!" would probably be a good headline for one of the handful of stories highlighted on the cover of one of these mags. Inexplicably, though, the covers sometimes included the world's most boring headlines. To wit:
10. "An appliance salesman confesses"
You're not buying this for the cover story on a Jane Russell look-alike being raped while her man helplessly watches. Instead you're drawn in by the thought of getting inside the mind of a man who sells refrigerators.
7. The island harem of John Adams?
"You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."