Vintage Pulp May 30 2009
A CERTAIN SMILE
In the 1960s pulp illustrators found nudie magazines receptive to their work.


We’ve talked before about how erotic magazines exploded in popularity during the pulp age. Many of those publications, by printing fiction and art, took up the slack when the pulp market declined. While some of the authors and artists were already known, or became so, most passed unheralded into history. This was especially true of the illustrators. Today we have pages from the nudie magazine Adam, and to give you an idea how committed the publishers were to quality original art, consider the fact that all the illustrations below are from a single issue published forty-one years ago this month. We’ve rotated a few spreads because they would have been too small to appreciate horizontally. For a better look drag them to your desktop, open them, rotate them using your picture viewer, and witness the legitness. We've also included some of the photographic content because, well, just because. The cover is Barbie Dahl shot by Ron Vogel, and the centerfold is Chris Starr. Enjoy.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
April 26
1933—The Gestapo Is Formed
The Geheime Staatspolizei, aka Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established. It begins under the administration of SS leader Heinrich Himmler in his position as Chief of German Police, but by 1939 is administered by the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, or Reich Main Security Office, and is a feared entity in every corner of Germany and beyond.
1937—Guernica Is Bombed
In Spain during the Spanish Civil War, the Basque town of Guernica is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, resulting in widespread destruction and casualties. The Basque government reports 1,654 people killed, while later research suggests far fewer deaths, but regardless, Guernica is viewed as an example of terror bombing and other countries learn that Nazi Germany is committed to that tactic. The bombing also becomes inspiration for Pablo Picasso, resulting in a protest painting that is not only his most famous work, but one the most important pieces of art ever produced.
April 25
1939—Batman Debuts
In Detective Comics #27, DC Comics publishes its second major superhero, Batman, who becomes one of the most popular comic book characters of all time, and then a popular camp television series starring Adam West, and lastly a multi-million dollar movie franchise starring Michael Keaton, then George Clooney, and finally Christian Bale.
1953—Crick and Watson Publish DNA Results
British scientists James D Watson and Francis Crick publish an article detailing their discovery of the existence and structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, in Nature magazine. Their findings answer one of the oldest and most fundamental questions of biology, that of how living things reproduce themselves.
April 24
1967—First Space Program Casualty Occurs
Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when, during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere after more than ten successful orbits, the capsule's main parachute fails to deploy properly, and the backup chute becomes entangled in the first. The capsule's descent is slowed, but it still hits the ground at about 90 mph, at which point it bursts into flames. Komarov is the first human to die during a space mission.
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