East of the sun, west of Kowloon.
One of the things we run across quite a bit during our digging for pulp is vintage Hong Kong film magazines. So today we’ve put together a random post of these publications, showcasing their unique and colorful style. Since we can’t read Chinese, we don’t have much information on these, but what we have, we’ve shared at the bottom of the post. Enjoy. Meanwhile, we’ll be watching the World Cup.
1: Union Pictorial, with Mui Yi; 2: Hong Kong Teen Star, with Chan Po Chu; 3: Southern Screen, with Wang Yu; 4: unknown magazine, with Li Lihua, who we’ve featured before; 5: unknown magazine, with Nancy Sit; 6: Golden Movie News, with unknown cover star; 7: The Milky Way Pictorial, with Connie Chan; 8: Screen & Lady, with unknown cover star; 9: unknown magazine, with Chan Po Chu and Yaw Kee; 10 & 11: unknown magazines with unknown cover stars.
, Union Pictorial. Hong Kong Teen Star
, Southern Screen
, Golden Movie News
, The Milky Way Pictorial
, Screen & Lady
, Screen Stories
, Mui Yi
, Chan Po Chu
, Wang Yu
, Li Lihua
, nancy Sit
, Connie Chan
, Yaw Kee
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
1945—Mussolini Is Arrested
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, his mistress Clara Petacci, and fifteen supporters are arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, Italy while attempting to escape the region in the wake of the collapse of Mussolini's fascist government. The next day, Mussolini and his mistress are both executed, along with most of the members of their group. Their bodies are then trucked to Milan where they are hung upside down on meathooks from the roof of a gas station, then spat upon and stoned until they are unrecognizable.
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.
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.
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