10 Sexy Pulp Magazine Covers; 10 Very Boring Headlines

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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.


9. Dames, what with their bitching and all
Amirite guys or amirite? Women are lousing up sports!! And the whole thing with the toilet seats!!


8. Watch out for the annoyed sloths, too
"Chewed to bits by giant turtles"? If only there was some way to escape!! An adventure story, in very slow motion.


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."





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These aren't pulp magazines. The magazine you've featured are "men's adventure" magazines (often called "sweat magazines") from the late 1950s and '60s. See: http://tinyurl.com/pe8k86b

Pulp magazines were popular fiction magazines — for all ages, men and women — ranging from westerns, romance, detective, aviation, science fiction, etc. They were published from the late 1890s through the mid-1950s. Yes, some had lurid covers, but these aren't pulps.

To find out more about the pulp magazines, see http://www.thepulp.net

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And this is the generation that raised us. No wonder this world is going to heck.

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