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Arnold Magazines: The Sweats

INTRODUCTION  |   THE SWEATS  |  THE PIN-UPS  |  THE DIGESTS

According to George Hagenauer (in Alter Ego #34), these kinds of men’s-adventure magazines were often called “sweats” "because they often had sweaty he-men in their cover paintings." He goes on to eloquently describe the contents:

These sported lurid painted covers, clothed pin-up photos, and he-man articles about hunting, crime, adventure, and war. The “true-life” articles tended to be fictional and were illustrated by a mix of real and fake photos. For the more extreme articles to which no photo could possibly do justice, they commissioned delightfully outrageous paintings.

Courage: Man's Daring Adventures

3 issues · Nov. 1957–Apr. 1958

Courage is a magazine much more difficult to find, perhaps because of its late debut.

Issue #1 (Nov. 1957) • 66 pages. Info courtesy of Galactic Central
  • "We Hacked Through Their Flesh" · Sgt. Harold Spain
  • "Trail of the Death Dog" · Lloyd A. Smith
  • "My Client Mr Coward" · Richard L. Scott
  • "When the Grave Was Open" · Don McClure
  • "I Was Trapped in Terror Trench" · Howard J. Balfour
  • "Death Is a Deep Black Hole" · Roland Griffin
  • "Inside a Desert Harem" · Jeff Dunbar
  • "Confessions of a Gigolo" · Freddie
  • "The Amazing Reason Men Like Pagan Pin-ups" · Robert Mines
  • "Only a Few Good Scouts" · Harry Botsford

 

Illustration by Matt Baker. From Courage #2 (1958).
#2 (Jan. 1958)
  • 9 • "I Stole Arabia's Green Pearl" by James Grey
  • 12 • "Sin in Paradise," by Pedro Mario Amaro
  • 16 • "I Hereby Sentence You," by Paul Brock
  • 18 • "Italy's Marilyn Monroe" Pictorial of Roaslina Neri
  • 22 • "He Wanted My Guts," by L.A. Burton
  • 24 • "How to Look at a Woman," by Robert Mines
  • 28 • "I Strangled the Killer Wolf," by Fred Shelburne
  • 30 • "The Man Who Killed for Fun," by Richard Harrison
  • 32 • "Monique Magnifique" pictorial of Monique Van Vooren
  • 36 • "I Hate Crocs," by Wilmon Menard
  • 38 • "Here's High Adventure for You!" by B.W. Von Block
  • 42 • "I Hunted 'Prehistoric' Men," by John W. Burns. Illustration by Matt Baker

 

#3 (April 1958) • 68 pages

Cover by Victor Prezio (signed). There were no bare breasts in this issue.

  • 6 • "Cover Girl of Courage"
  • 9 • "Canada—Opportunity Unlimited," by Pete Coleridge
  • 12 • "Lollabrigida vs. Loren: The Battle of the Bulges," by Dunwoodie Hall
  • 16 • "Bail for Your Life," by Charles Varden
  • 18 • "Whale Fishing Slaughter"
  • 22 • "My Frogmen Were Gals," by Georgi Kanapoulis as told to Paul Brock
  • 24 • "Death on the Matterhorn," by Richard Harrison
  • 27 • "Glamor Gilrs are Lousy Lovers," by Jack Gibbons. Photos of Diana Dors, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers.
  • 30 • "Get Kardusu Out of Hungary!" by Josef Piros
  • 32 • "Sensuous Sabrina." aka Norma Ann Sykes.
  • 36 • "The Strange Mystery of America's Only Harem," by Rutledge M. Davenport
  • 38 • "Win, Place and Die," by John Joseph Vance
  • 41 • "England's Man-Crazy Teenagers," by C.V. Tench
  • 44 • "Mickey Mouse Derby." About mouse racing.
  • 47, 49 • Cartoons by Bill Ward aka McCartney

Gusto: He-Man Adventures

3 issues · Oct. 1957–Feb. 1958 · 25¢ Magazine

This title contained lots of smaller bits of "humor" as well as the stories, and the ads targeted men interested in "love novels," girly pics, shoes, hair loss, impotence, physical fitness, unsightly rashes, and automobiles. The writers' names were probably mostly pen names.

Winters and Whitman, Editorial and Art Diretion

Issue #1 (Oct. 1957) · 68 pages
  • 8 · "Quicksand!" The slime sucked us down by Bill Harris
  • 10 · "I Battled the Monster Cayman." by James V. Brody
  • 14 · "Gusto's Gal—Ann Fleming."
  • 18 · "Generals Don't Die Fighting." by Don Verney
  • 20 · "When Will They Clean Up Corpus Christi?" by Stuart James. About vice and corruption.
  • 24 · "Headhunter Attack!" by Chester T. Hewes
  • 27 · "The Good Life." Cartoons by Bill Ward (signed "McCartney")
  • 28 · "Narco: A Junky Talks." Anonymous
  • 32 · "Sin for the Gods." by Kimble Stevens
  • 38 · "Sex—Big Business Lubricant." by Herman Wolffe
  • 34 · "Calypso: Is It Pornography in Hi-Fi?" by George Majari. About the Harry Belafonte album.
  • 36 · "What's Wrong with Army Weapons?" by B.W. Von Block
  • 41 · "Danielle Aubrey—They Call Her Frenchie!"

 

#2 (Dec. 1957)
  • 6 • "Gusto's Girl of the Month"
  • 9 • "I Found the Golden Virgin," by John Edward Colt
  • 12 • "Are You a Pin-Up Neurotic?" by Robert Mines
  • 17 • Why GIs Are Easy Marks," by Don Wood
  • 20 • "Who Is Lana Wong?"
  • 21 • The Night I Went to Hell," by John A. Keel
  • 27 • "The Man They Couldn't Capture," by Paul Brock
  • 30 • "Homey Corinne"
  • 34 • "I Saw the Claws of Death," by Wilmon Menard
  • 36 • Keeping Abreasty of the Times with McCartney," cartoon by Bill Ward
  • 38 • "Murder at Saltash Tavern," by Sgt. Oliver Bascombe
  • 40 • "Kill the Bloody Brute," by James Foran
  • 42 • "Flamout," by Peter Graves

 

 

#3 (Feb. 1958)

Index needed.

Man’s Exploits

5 issues · June 1957–April 1958 · 25¢ Magazine

More than the others, this magazine was a bit scattered in focus, aiming to deliver adventure, pinups, humor and horror.

Note: This publication was restarted by Charles Sultan's Natlus in 1960. Those issues bear a different logo:

See also: Men's Pulp Mags · Inside Man's Exploits

#1 (June 1957)
  • 6 · "Live and Laugh."
  • 8 · The Witch of Eindhoven." Gerald B. Higgs
  • 12 · "History's Greatest Con Game." Richard Hill Wilkinson
  • 14 · "Joy Girls of Hamburg."
  • 18 · "Human Anchor in the Ice Pack." Jack Van Dam
  • 20 · "Could Marciano Beat Patterson?" John T. Burton
  • 22 · Pictorial starring Coccinelle, a transgender performer
  • 26 · "The Mating Orgy of the Python Priestess." Stuart James
  • 28 · "The Million Dollar Build-Up." Cartoons by Bill Ward (as McCartney). See below
  • 30 · "Burlesque's Battling Babes." Frank Thistle
  • 32 · "I Rode with the Desert Manhunters." Lionel T.C. Jones
  • 36 · "Messy Love Lives of Millionaires." Arthur Adlon
  • 38 · "Television Can Make Your Child a Freak!" Kimble Stevens · see below
  • 40 · "Girl to Stay Behind with: Linda Lombard."

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"HORRIFYING AS IT may seem, that pleasure-giving television set in your living room may kill your next baby before he is born.

It may make you sterile—completely unable to conceive children. Worse yet, if worse is possible, it may not make you entirely sterile, but it might alter the genes you possess, which control the development of any children you may have, in such a way that they will be born—but will be born freaks!

The last link in the chain of evidence establishing this as a scientific probability, was recently revealed by Dr. Hyatt Deems, Research Director for Southcentral Radiation Laboratories. Speaking before a group of radiologists in Birmingham, England, Dr. Deems had this to say: "It is a well-known fact, both among the scientific community and among interested laymen, that television screens emit soft X-rays of the same type that are known to induce sterility and vastly accelerate the mutation rate of all affected species. Among the affected species is man.

"Of the two possibilities, sterility or distorted acceleration of the number of mutations," the Doctor went on, "sterility seems distinctly the more merciful."

Why the Doctor thinks so can be seen from the case of Herrold and Sally Winowski, of Flint, Michigan. Perhaps they would be happier parents today if they had heard of Dr. Deems' work a few years ago.

The father and mother of two rosy-cheeked, normal tots aged three and six, the Winowskis were looking forward to the birth of their third child, not long ago.

In her pre-natal visits to the doctor, Mrs. Winowski was told that she could expect twins. Since both she and her husband love children and have always wanted a large family, she was delighted. When they announced the doctor's report to their friends and family, they became the subject of the usual good-natured kidding and fun that is a common reaction …"

 

#2 (Aug. 1957)

Index incomplete

  • 8 • "America's Strangest Physician" Howard Evans
  • 12 • "Kill Them—Fast" by Donald Crane
  • 16 • "Newest French Cult: Sex and Sterility" by T. Georges Hayden needed.
  • 20 • "Take a Peek at Pat." Pictorial of dancer Pat Dorsey.
  • 26 • "Human Monster." by H.B. von Block
  • 28 • "The Fire Dance of Human Sacrifice" by Alfred Chance
  • 38 • "Rip Open teh Jugular!" by A. Jeff Gann
  • ? • Pictorial of Patsy Dean

 

#3 (Nov. 1957)
  • 6 •  "Live and Laugh"
  • 8 • "Ocelots Tore My Flesh" by Lawrence Maczek
  • 10 • "The Hill Ran Red with Blood" by Dave Chrisman
  • 14 • "Fiesta Brava!" buy Stuart N. James
  • 17 • "Seven Shocking Sex Facts" by L.T.J. Bachmann
  • 20 • "Meet Darlin' Marlyn" Pictorial featuring Marlyn Maher
  • 24 • "The Cannibal Wench of Yugoslavia!" by Aldous Baker
  • 27 • "Quiz: Will You Ever Make a Million?"
  • 28 • "Voodoo Saturday Night"
  • 32 • "Terror of Texas" by W.J. Shanrahan
  • 34 • "You're Better Off Broke!" by Dell James
  • 36 • "Making Out with Mac" by McCartney (Bill Ward)
  • 38 • "Mad Dog Killer" by Drake L. Henshaw. About killer Leslie Iårvin
  • 40 • "We Died the hard Way!" by Tracy Pfluger
  • 42 • "Girl to Stay Behind With" Pictorial featuring Donaldo Jordan

 

#4 (Jan. 1958)

Pattie May photo spread, Bill Ward cartoons, Matt Baker interior art, Doomed by the Monkey Gods.

  • 9 • "I am a Deserter—Have Pity on Me!" by Mel Short
  • 12 • "Death is a Pig," by Francis W. January
  • 14 • "We Conquered the Last of the Dinosaurs," by Jimmy Walker.
  • 18 • "I was Doomed by the Monkey Gods," by Paul Brock
  • 20 • ?? by Mike James
  • 22 • "Pattie May—Tassel Twirler." Pictorial
  • 26 • "The Bloody Mutiny of Cinque," by Jeff Dunbar
  • 29 • "Scorpion at 12 O'Clock!" by Don Wood
  • 32 • "The Witch-Brew of Lokanzi," by Frederick Kaish
  • 34 • "Decoy for a Killer!" by Peter Abbott
  • 36 • "Through the Looking Glass." Pictorial
  • 40 • "He Stole $2,000,000 Before Breakfast," by Emil Zubryn
  • 42 • "The Wildest Woman of the West," by Wayne D. Mote
  • 44 • "Mirthful McCartney's Modest Maidens," cartoons by Bill Ward

 

#5 (April 1958) · 68 pages
  • 6 · "A Man's Girl—Gina Lollobrigida." (one photo)
  • 9 · "The Horns of Death." Mike O'Hara.
  • 12 · "The Four Wickedest Cities in the World." Mel Short.
  • 16 · "I Walked Away from a Fortune." Ben Finnegan.
  • 18 · "Lili Lisande." Pictorial.
  • 22 · "The Man Who Laughed at Death." Pete Coleridge.
  • 24 · "India's Female Robin Hood." Dunwwodie Hall.
  • 27 · "They Chopped Off My Hands!" Albert S. Michelle.
  • 30 · "Destruction Derby."
  • 34 · " Abandon Ship." Frank Ritchie.
  • 36 · "Queen of the Bluebeards." Paul Brock.
  • 38 · "I'll Cut the Fight Out of You!" Jack E. Prosser. About Castro's Cuban revolution.

  • 41 · "She Pulled the Worst Double Cross in History." Seneca N. Gates.

Rage for Men

8 issues · Dec. 1956–Feb. 1958 · 25¢ Magazine

Rage for Men was a chaotic scramble of contents, which made good re-use of some photos from Classic and Master Photography to illustrate their stories. One of the pin-ups in issue #5 was from a larger spread in Classic #2. One story per issue was illustrated in the style of the cover, probably by the same artist.

Issue #2's letters page boasted: "In case you missed our first issue—and you may easily have done so, since they went so fast we're short of copies ourselves—Rage is a magazine aimed for men who want honest, hard-hitting articles about the things they're interested in—not what the ladies think we should be interested in.

Note: This publication was restarted by Charles Sultan's Natlus in 1960. Those issues bear a different logo:



#1 (Dec. 1956)

This issue featured the first of a two-part "discussion" about this new-fangled thing called rock music—"Rock 'n Roll: The Sound of Sex." It's notable for hitching its wagon to Elvis Presley. In this first issue of Rage, the author indicted rock music as the "Sound of Sex." This is something the editors of Arnold Publications would surely have approved of. Like all their articles, it was presented from a titillated and mildly scandalized point of view.

  • 6 • "The Editor Shoots the Breeze"
  • 10 •  "I Played Suburbia's Newest Sex Game," by anonymous
  • 12 • "My Buddy Was Blasted to Bits!" by anonymous
  • 14 • "Rock 'n' Roll: The Sound of Sex," by Lincoln James
  • 18 • "Spangled Sequin"
  • 24 • "I Saw Africa's Bloodiest Rite," by George Nugent
  • 26 • "The Burlesque Dancer Murder Case," by Edward L. Radin
  • 28 • "We Fought the Black Devils of the Arctic," by anonymous
  • 32 • "The Truth About Those French Postcards," by Gian L. Gian
  • 34 • "A Lady Wrestler's Night"; pictorial about female wrestler Penny Banner, and her bout with June Byers
  • 40 • "Death Rides a Thunderbolt," by Harry Botsford
  • 42 • "The Man Who Wouldn't Die," by Howard Crandall
  • 44 • "Meet Sophia Loren," by Ray Adams (a Q & A)
I don't own this issue but found these low resolution shots online of the first issue's article.
#2 (Feb. 1957) • 68 pp.

This issue is a bit more collectible because of the article "Elvis Presley Defends Rock 'n' Roll." This is probably a ghosted piece of writing, and the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association posited that "Colonel Parker offered the magazine a rebuttal article by Elvis. Even the article was ghost written for Elvis there is inside information such as later appears in Last Train to Memphis that shows this is what Elvis wanted people to know."

  • 6 · "The Editors Shoot the Breeze."
  • 10 · "We Blasted the Gook Trap." By Jeff Dunbar.
  • 12 · "The Queer Triangle Murder." By Edward D. Radin.
  • 14 · "I Dueled Death on the Isle of Nudes." By Michael James.
  • 18 · "Fangs at My Throat." By John A. Keel.
  • 20 · " Whatever Happened to Simone Silva?"
  • 22 · "There's Nothing Bad About Rock 'n' Roll" By Elvis Presley. Elvis debuted in 1954, but started charting hit singles in 1956.
  • 24 · "Lazy Day with Lynn." Model Lynn Jones, just short of nude.
  • 28 · "I Run A Girlie-Show Racket." By Edwin Corley. Illustration signed "MB."
  • 30 · "How to Climb a Mountain on One Leg." About Austrian ski champion, Bruno Wintersteller.
  • 33 · "The Courtesan Who Ran for President." By Cyrus W. Bell. About Victoria Woodhull.
  • 34 · "Burlesque's New Stripper Stars." Pictorial of Blaze Starr.
  • 41 · "Is A Woman Making You Impotent?" By Robert Mine.
  • 42 · "We Fought the Bloody Monster of Kangri Kalat." By A.C. Larney
  • 45 · Cartoon by Bill Ward (as "McCartney")

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The full text of the Elvis "interview" from Rage for Men #2.

 

#3 (April 1957) Info courtesy of Galactic Central
  • 6 • "The Editors Shoot the Breeze"
  • 10 · "How Girl Gangs Fight and Love," by Harlan Ellison
  • 14 · "I Fought the Blood Monsters," by Horton McQuade
  • 16 · "Inside a House of Sin," by anonymous
  • 22 · "I Was Flogged by Red Sadists," by Angelo DiStranega (as told to Prof. Pietre Permengo)
  • 25 · "Last Ride Through the Gorge of Death," by Willard Luce
  • 26 · "France’s Newest Sexy Starlets," by anonymous
  • 33 · I" Shot Mata Hari," by Tahara Ben Khardin (as told to Seneca N. Gates)
  • 34 · "Nakedness: The Greatest Sex Fear," by Robert Mines
  • 36 · "Whatever Happened to Samia Gamal?" by anonymous
  • 38 · "The Lady and the Gorilla," by George Nugent
  • 40 · "Who Is the Girl Waiting at a Bus Stop?" by anonymous
  • 44 · "Too Many Loves Had Robbie," by Captain Glenn Shirley

 

#4 (June 1957) · 68 pages

This issue lacked any frontal nudity in photos. "The Editors" compiled an informal list of their top ten most beautiful women at the time: 1. Elizabeth Taylor, 2. Marilyn Monroe, 3. Kim Novak, 4. Gina Lollobrigida, 5. Sheree North, 6. Sophia Loren, 7. Grace Kelly, 8. Jane Russell, 9. Barbara Nichols, 10. Carroll Baker

  • 6 · "The Editors Shoot the Breeze."
  • 10 · "I Drank the Cup of Death!" Arthur J. Burks
  • 14 · "The Pirate Queen Who Rules the China Seas." Cyrus W. Bell
  • 16 · "The Crawling Horror at Steamboat Coulee." Richard Watts
  • 18 · "The Steno Who Was 'Too Darn Hot.'" Pictorial
  • 24 · "You Won't Walk Out of This Ring Alive!" Bill Severn
  • 28 · "The Choking Sands of Lydda." George Nugent
  • 27 · "Whatever Happened to Lili St. Cyr?"
  • 30 · "Why Men Hate Women." Robert Mines (Chief Psychologist, North Carolina State Hospital)
  • 32 · "The Great Bosom Hoax."
  • 36 · The Day I was Croc Bait." Charles Victor Tench
  • 38 · "Kill! Kill! Kill!" James Grey
  • 40 · "Las Vegas' Flamning Chorus Girl." Featuring Lauri Del Mar

 

#5 (Aug. 1957) · 68 pages
  • 9 · "I Ran the Rapids of Hell." Arthur J. Burks
  • 16 · "Sex is My Business." Anonymous as told to Betty Jones
  • 12 · "Expose." Jack Sword
  • 14 · "They Ate Human Flesh." Capt. Gendry S. Hale
  • 18 · "The Most Beautiful Model in the World." Model: Adrienne Scott
  • 22 · "I Was a Living Sacrtifice." Carl Nolan as told to George H. Dammann
  • 24 · "Death Wears a Negligee." Jessyca Russell Gaver
  • 27 · "Television Trends." Cartoons by Bill Ward
  • 30 · "The Challenge of Calabash Kerry." Paul Brock
  • 32 · "Burlesque's Bosom Queen." Model: Tempest
  • 38 · "Curse of the Pyramid." Ed Talbot as told to John A. Keel
  • 42 · "I Saw the Monster Eat." Russell Grey as told to Paul Brock
  • 45 · "Don't Shoot the Barber!" By R.W. Panz
   
Illustrations by Bill Ward (signed "McCartney"), from Rage for Men #5.
#6 (Oct. 1957)
  • 6 • "All the RAGE" Pictorial
  • 9 • "I Battled Man-Eating Dragons," by C.V. Tench
  • 12 • "I'm Still Killing Reds in Hungary," by Jeff Dunbar
  • 16 • "Out of the Past," by Cyrus W. Bell
  • 19 • "Don't Cut Me in Two!" by Walter Shelbourne
  • 20 • "The Most Beautiful Girl in Paris" Pictorial
  • 26 • ""Intruder in the Night," by Lewis H. Kilpatrick
  • 28 • "The GI and the Stripper," by Clemens Kirschner
  • 31 • "Sex Rears Its Funny Head," cartoon by Bill Ward.
  • 34 • "Ambush in the Sky," by Emil Zubryn
  • 38 • "Operation Brainwash!"
  • 46 • Where is This Man," by Jay Harvey
  • 42 • "Are you a 'Bosom Neurotic?'" by Robert Mines

 

#7 (Dec. 1957)

Matt Baker native women art. Marion Michael photo spread from the European film - White Goddess of the Jungle. 6 • "All the Rage." Pictorial

  • 9 • "The Night the Wolfpack Waited," by Wayne D. Mote
  • 12 • "Escape from the Isle of Death," by Emil Zubryn
  • 14 • "King of Korea's ??" by ??
  • 18 • "Marion: The Jungle Queen." Pictorial
  • 24 • "Vice Cops Have it Tough," by Bob McKnight
  • 26 • "I Fought the Devil Snake!" by D. MacClure
  • 28 • "They Won't Let You Drink!" by Jeff Dunbar
  • 30 • "I Saw Sex Drugs Work," by Elton Haynes
  • 34 • "I Stowed Away for Zanzibar," by George Nugent
  • 36 • "The Man Who Wouldn't Give up," by John Gregor
  • 39 • "A Piece of Danish." Pictorial
  • 42 • "Inside the 'Forbidden Land'" by Paul Brock
  • 44 • "the Place Where Dead Men Live." Pictorial

Two stories illustrated by Matt Baker. From Rage for Men #8 (1958).
#8 (Feb. 1958)
  • 6 • Pictorial: Jacqueline Waldron
  • 9 • "I Hunted with a Lion Brother" by Frank Lendrum
  • 12 • "What to do if You are Arrested" by Ed Michaels
  • 18 • Pictorial: Kim Kurtis
  • 16 • "The Lesbian Who Dueled Her Way to Infamy" by Cyrus W. Bell. Illustrated by Matt Baker.
  • 22 • "Bug Out!" by B.W. Von Block
  • 24 • "I Fought an Inferno of Oil." Photo essay.
  • 28 • "I Was Captured by Humnan Leopards" by Jerome Harrison. Illustrated by Matt Baker.
  • 30 • "Smuggling is Big Business" by Richard T. Westerly
  • 34 • "Quicksand" by Raymond Edwards
  • 36 • "Ivory Hunters of the North." Photo essay.
  • 42 • "Black Plague" by Paul Brock