Interview was founded in 1969 by Andy Warhol and his cool art friends to give to other cool art friends as a “look how cool we are” gift, sort of like a zine but with far more pretentious production values … Continue reading Let’s Read Interview, January 1989!
Physical Culture was founded in 1899 by a crazy man named Bernarr Macfadden. Seriously, read his wiki page, it’s incredible. There’s failed cults, buried treasure, people named “Byrnece”, horrible racism, the works. The magazine ran until 1955, when Macfadden died, … Continue reading Let’s Read Physical Culture, October 1940!
Photoplay is considered to be the granddaddy of the film fan magazine, which started in 1911 as a promotional outlet for the film industry. Photoplay initially focused on short stories that were virtually the fan fiction of their time, then … Continue reading Let’s Read Photoplay, September 1979!
Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published from 1978 to 1995. Founded by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione and his wife Kathy Keeton, the magazine published science fiction short stories and a mix of articles on serious science and the paranormal. … Continue reading Let’s Read Omni, July 1985!
Yahoo! Internet Life, a magazine that often reads a lot like an annotated map to a much smaller (and yet somehow bigger) Internet in a time that never was, ran from 1995 to 2002. As the Internet search engine pioneer … Continue reading Let’s Read Yahoo! Internet Life, February 2001!
Due to a sudden health decline of Guest Editor Iggy and an according shift in priorities (nearly all of them involving a new obsession with my cat’s junk), I have been forced to reschedule our previously scheduled magazine write-up. The … Continue reading Old Magazines Is Taking Sick Leave
Dynamite was a children’s magazine published by Scholastic from 1974 to 1992. Notable for being founded by Jenette Kahn, the president of DC Comics for 25 years, the magazine was edited by Jane Stine, wife of R.L, and also contributed … Continue reading Let’s Read Dynamite, April 1979!
Animerica ran from 1992 to 2005 and was one of the most popular anime and manga magazines of its time, running in hard competition with the ultimately more successful Newtype USA as one of the few Japanese animation and pop culture magazines … Continue reading Let’s Read Animerica, January 1999!
Lover has virtually no Internet paper trail, so based on similar magazines like last week’s Petticoat it appears to be a short lived UK magazine targeted at women 18-24 that didn’t survive past the 70s. I broke my elbow last … Continue reading Let’s Read Lover, June 1971!
Petticoat was a short lived (1966-1976) magazine for the swinging London woman! This issue comes to us courtesy of fellow Avocado Ben, who was kind enough to send this and next week’s issue to me all the way from England! … Continue reading Let’s Read Petticoat, April 1972!
Modern Screen, founded in 1930, was a major work of the fan magazine wave that could make or break a burgeoning movie star’s popularity. Tributes to the magazine and its major market rival Photoplay were common sights in classic movies, … Continue reading Let’s Read Modern Screen, April 1955!
Bride’s magazine was the one-stop resource of fantasy wedding planning from 1934 to May 2019 (rip print version). Is anyone’s wedding actually like one of the weddings in the magazine? Probably not. A hefty bimonthly publication that was virtually the … Continue reading Let’s Read Brides, March 1969!
For history of the magazine, check out the Sunset from a few weeks ago. Initially created as a promotional magazine for the Southern Pacific’s Sunset Limited railroad line, the magazine nudged readers to fall in love with the American west. … Continue reading Let’s Read Sunset, March 1905!
The Christian Herald ran from 1878 to 2006. Originally inspired by a British Christian newsletter of the same name, the magazine was at one point the highest circulating religious magazine in America. Along with news of the Evangelical Christian ministries across the globe, the magazine featured original fiction and poetry, homemaking and child rearing interest articles, as well as international Christian-Muslim relations. A platform for appeals to international and domestic charitable causes, the magazine made a name for itself in the interest of charity through summer camps for disadvantaged inner city children. My personal impression of this magazine is that it seems written for the archetypal midcentury progressive Christian, like the image of the kindly granny who spends all her free time knitting socks for babies born to unwed mothers, as someone reads articles from this magazine to her to pass the time. For a good history of The Christian Herald and its lasting impact through Christian summer camps, click here.
Sunset magazine has been around a long time. Like, a long time. I was under the impression that it had grown out of a carefully maintained patch of ivy in someone’s perpetually remodeled natural wood patio sometime around 1972, but … Continue reading Let’s Read Sunset, June 1978!
France, an English language tourism magazine, has been published quarterly by The French-American Cultural Foundation since 1985. It has a curiously familiar tone, as if the intended audience has already been there and intends to visit semi regularly. It also … Continue reading Let’s Read France, Summer 1988!
Chatelaine, a long-running Canadian women’s general interest magazine, was founded in 1928 under Maclean Publishing, the same media giant that ran Canadian Homes and Gardens, among other magazines. The magazine’s name, which was suggested by a reader in a contest, … Continue reading Let’s Read Chatelaine, August 1967!
The official magazine of the Girl Scouts of America was founded in 1917 as The Rally and changed to The American Girl in 1920. Maybe they didn’t want their magazine associated with political grandstanding or something – the 1920s were … Continue reading Let’s Read American Girl, July 1967!
Cat Fancy, the “magazine for responsible cat owners”, has been published in some form or another since 1965, currently running as a bimonthly renamed in 2015 to Catster (I know, it’s terrible). Click here for a great article about what happened … Continue reading Let’s Read Cat Fancy, December 1988!
Deadline grew out of the alternative comics anthology Strange Days, both created at least in part by 2000 AD creator Brett Ewins. Founded in 1988 by Ewins and Steve Dillon, Deadline published underground comics like Tank Girl and Milk and … Continue reading Let’s Read Deadline UK, Summer 1994!
Parade is a newspaper magazine that has been distributed with Sunday edition newspapers nationwide since 1941. Originally created as a supplement to the Chicago Sun, Parade was an instant smash hit and was purchased by the New York Herald Tribune in … Continue reading Let’s Read Parade, May 1957!