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Pageant Dec. 1969

Pageant Dec. 1969Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article, “Sharon Tate’s Fate,” from The Digest Enthusiast book six:

The confusing cover blurb read, “Part 2–Behind Sharon Tate’s Tragedy! Stars Who Need Sex Clubs,” which made it sound like two articles, which in a way it kind of was.

. . . Last month the author described the orgies that led up to the horrifying slaying of Sharon and four others. This month he tells of his personal involvement with Sharon and her circle of friends and acquaintances. Also, he gives his reasons for blaming Hollywood itself in large part for the tragedy that took five lives.

Pageant Dec. 1969 back coverThis second and final part of the Pageant Tate feature focused on Jay Sebring, and is almost a mini-bio, with facts and figures, personal anecdotes by Hyams; and, it would be re-used as the Sebring/Tate chapter for his autobiography, which had the same story told slightly differently with some of the details left out and others added.

Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Manhunt Detective Story Monthly Feb. 1953

Manhunt Feb 1953Contents
John Ross Macdonald “The Imaginary Blonde”
Michael Fessier “Sex Murder in Cameron”
Jonathan Craig “Dirge for a Nude”
Eleazer Lipsky “Stabbing in the Streets”
Richard Marsten “Carrera’s Woman”
Hunt Collins “Attack”
Mickey Spillane “Everybody’s Watching Me” (Part 2 of 4)
John Evans “So Dark for April”
Richard Deming “The Lesser Evil”
Fletcher Flora “As I Lie Dead”
Mugged and Printed: Mickey Spillane, Michael Fessier, John Evans, John Ross Macdonald, Richard Deming, and Eleazer Lipsky

Fawn the Dark-Eyed

Fawn the Dark-Eyed posterIn 1965, Joe Wehrle, Jr. launched Fawn the Dark-Eyed. Inspired by the heyday of newspaper comic strips like Flash Gordon and Modesty Blaise, the publication presented Fawn’s adventures in Sunday-sized comic strip pages. Unfortunately, this early version of Fawn only lasted two issues, with the second edition published in February 1966.

A third issue was planned, and Joe published a poster of Fawn in 1967 to bridge the gap between issues. All three items are relatively hard to find, but the poster is likely the most uncommon. Fortunately, a small stock of the original print run has been uncovered and is now available via eBay.

The second iteration of Fawn appeared in 1972, as a blonde, in the four-page comic adaptation of Joe’s short story “The Bandemar” in Sense of Wonder No. 12. The story and comic are slated to appear in The Digest Enthusiast book nine in Jan. 2019.

Fawn’s longest run appeared in 1974, in a second series of Sunday-sized comic strips in the Menomonee Falls Gazette No. 142–161, 163–171, 173–176, 178, 179, 181, 183 and 188.

Old Weird Herald’s

Old Weird Herald's business cardWay back in the 1970s there was a comic shop in Portland called Old Weird Herald’s run by three women named Hazel, Luana, and Rosie. I visited the shop on NE Broadway only twice, but I’ll never forget two of the treasures discovered there.

First, Basil Wolverton originals. Among his many works was a comic strip called Woozie Woofer signed as Bay Wolverton. OWH’s had a handful of these old strips. There’s one available to view at Comic Art Fans.

Second, self-published comics by Kerry Lochner. OWH’s carried what seemed to be every Wallplug Publication available: Sundae Funnies, Super Baloney, and Picturead. Wonderful indie comics from the early 1970s.

Pass to Comic ConApparently, the Heralds also put on the All American Comic Con on May 5, 1979, which was likely held at the Masonic Temple on SW Park Avenue.

Pageant

Pageant Nov. 1969Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article, “Sharon Tate’s Fate,” from The Digest Enthusiast book six:

“Pageant premiered with its November 1944 issue and was originally published by Hillman Periodicals. Macfadden bought it in 1961 and continued publishing it until its final February 1977 issue.

“The misleading cover blurb on this November 1969 Pageant read, ‘Eyewitness Report: Sex • Sadism • Celebrities! The Sharon Tate Orgies.'”

Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine No. 1

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine No. 1 Sep 1956In September 1956, Brett Halliday teamed with publisher Leo Margulies to launch MSMM. “It is a project both Leo and I have held in our minds and hearts for many years,” writes Halliday in his introduction. “But we have waited patiently for the exact moment when the signs were right, when the many and varied elements essential to the production and distribution of a truly fine mystery magazine coincided to make the project feasible.”

“Michael” was changed to “Mike” with the seventh issue in April 1957. MSMM began as a monthly, but slipped to bi-monthly during its second year, and returned to monthly during 1958 for the balance of its impressive run. With 337 regular issues and three annuals (1971–1973), MSMM was by far one of the most successful digest magazines ever published. The final issue appeared in August 1985.

Its first editor was Sam Merwin, and he launched the title with a terrific first issue:

Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1 September 1956

Contents
Brett Halliday: Full Cycle—New Birth (introduction)
Brett Halliday “Bring Back a Corpse!” (Mike Shayne)
Craig Rice “The Quiet Life” (John J. Malone)
Robert Bloch “Water’s Edge”
Charles Irving “You Wash, and I’ll Dry”
Hal Ellson “Walk Away Fast”
Kenneth Fearing “Three Wives Too Many”
John E. Hasty “Unfinished Business”
Louis Trimble “A Pitch for Murder”
Carter Sprague “A Present for Peter”
Matthew Lee “Home Ground”
Norman Daniels “Rooftop”

MSMM Checklist from Galatic Central.

Manhunt Detective Story Monthly Jan. 1953

Manhunt No. 1 coverContents
“Everybody’s Watching Me” by Mickey Spillane (Part 1 of 4) art by Joe Kubert
“Die Hard” by Evan Hunter
“I’ll Make the Arrest” by Charles Beckman, Jr.
“The Hunted” by William Irish
“The Best Motive” by Richard S. Prather (Shell Scott)
“Shock Treatment” by Kenneth Millar
“The Frozen Grin” by Frank Kane (Johnny Liddell)
Backfire by Floyd Mahannah
“The Set-Up” by Sam Cobb
“Who is Vetter?” (coming next issue)

Manhunt No. 1 back cover