Any Gay Men’s Pulp Magazines ever existed? Yes, I know all about the Gay Pulp Fiction paperbacks of the 1950s and 1960s. What i want to know is, were there any illustrated Gay MEN’s Pulp Magazines prior to the 1950s. Anyone with a reply ?
In the 1920s and ’30s, The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (est. 1873) prosecuted a long war against the so-called “girlie” pulps, a burgeoning field of mildly risqué pulp-paper magazines featuring sex-themed stories, scantily clad women, and sometimes nude photography.
In 1930, the NYSSV forced pulp publisher Harold Hersey to suppress depictions of violence and lawlessness in his new line of gang pulps.
In 1934, the organization raided magazine shops to confiscate four new magazines with the titillating titles Real Boudoir Tales, Real Temptation Tales, Real Forbidden Sweets, and Real French Capers….
For 2013, let’s hope it all goes better for these long lost, and much maligned step-children of popular 20th century print culture history:
The Pulp Magazines Project has posted 8 new scans, feat. representative issues of the snappy, spicy, & girlie varieties…
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