8/18/15

Just for Laughs #11: Men's Magazine Comics


By the late sixties, men's magazines had largely stopped being fun and games, and become more akin to gratuitous guides to female genitalia and the "ins and outs" of intercourse. Simply put: they'd become hardcore. Back in the Mad Men era, they were a bit more light-hearted, which naturally meshed well with comics.  These risque gags were sprinkled throughout nearly every girly magazine during the 50s and 60s,  But by the time the 70s rolled around with their hardcore sensibility; comics just seemed too tame for consumption.

Of course, Playboy continued their grand tradition of including risque illustrations.  Meanwhile, the new breed of skin mags (namely Hustler and Penthouse) brought aboard comics which were every bit as hardcore as the photography.  And thus the Golden Age of so-called "good girl" comics was over.

But not on Retrospace.  I'm keepin' the flame alive because I think these comics have value.  They're not only amusing and great insights into the past, but I find particular enjoyment from the artwork.  Each artist has his own style, and to see how each pulls off a gag is awesome to behold.  So, If you like 'em, I'll bring more.  I've tried to supply representatives from a variety of different magazines and artists.  Enjoy!




"If that's my wife, tell her you're my beautiful mistress.... she'll never believe it."
Complete Man (1967)


"Watch this.  Roses make her sneeze."
Ace (1959)


"Excuse me, I'm looking for my husband."
Laff (1950)


"She's built different."
Dude (1957)


"Listen here, wise guys! What you're looking at is 25 years old.... what I'm holding down is brand new!"
Eve (1962)


"Our distinguished visitor, missing since eight o'clock, may be the victim of foul play says the mayor - "
Ace (1959)


"Tonight, ladies and gentlemen of the viewing audience, we offer a TV first...."
Bachelor (1962)


"Gee, Mr. Parelli, it's sure nice of you to teach my wife how to swim."
Barred (1966)


"Yes, that's about the effect I had in mind."
Gentlemen's Yearbook (1964)


"Care to do a few more letters, Miss Harvey? I seem to be prolific tonight."
Grin (1940)


"You'll find these shoes ideal for streetwalking."
Escapade (1956)


"Just checking, ma'am - naked dames ain't allowed in the bar."
Fury (1962)


"It's pretty obvious what the boys in the back room will have, Maisey.  See if they're thirsty too..."
Hi-Life (1963)


"What did I ever do to deserve this.... and why didn't I marry you sooner?"
Gee Whiz (1967)

Note: If this artwork looks familiar, it's because Dan DeCarlo also did the Archie comics.

"That's the kind of women I'm going to marry!"
Gentlemen's Yearbook (1964)


"She's the original good time that was had by all."
Eve (1962)


"The children just adore her."
Hit (1942)


Gent (1963)


"I didn't want to hurt his feelings.  I told him that he could keep sending me presents."
Sir (1954)

"That's just in case you're thinking what I think you're thinking."
Grin (1940)


"Sure, I like storybook endings - but what have you been reading?"
Escapade (1956)


"One step closer and I'll swallow this key!"
Hi-Life (1963)

"I'll slap your face as soon as my nail polish dries."
Gee Whiz (1967) 


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5 comments:

  1. These are GREAT cartoons! They're lighthearted, adult, and don't bang you over the head with how hip and cool they are, like most of today's culture.

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  2. There was a daily newspaper strip for several years called "Cuties" by an African-American cartoonist named E. Simms Campbell. It was pretty much the same kind of humor as these cartoons. The only thing that stopped it was his death in the early 70s. I was amazed these ran for several years in my hometown newspaper.

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  3. Dan DeCarlo was prolific with the adult comics. One of the first things I did when I got my first scanner (a ScanMan) was to scan Betty & Veronica and remove their clothing. That was long before I knew he did nudies.

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  4. Is that Midge in the DeCarlo cartoon? Some cummerbund-wearing dandy is gonna have Big Moose on his case...

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  5. great compilation - love it

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