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New at Reason: Survive shark attacks! Confront Tojo's torturers! Combat flesh-ripping weasels! Charles Paul Freund suffers through the Golden Age of Men's Magazines.


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  1. Hey Mud,

    It depends where you work I guess… when I was in the service I knew plenty of guys that loved the outdoorsy shit… went trout fishing, camping, 4-wheeling and the like. Just didn’t do any hunting, because owning a firearm is a real pain in the ass for a single guy in the military (has to be kept at the armory).


  2. Steve,

    As a compromise, a friend of mine was a tanker at Ft. Knox. There was a guy in his platoon that tried to hit deer with training rounds from the main gun. Not a hunter myself, but that made a good story for the campfire.

  3. Those magazines are sooo gay.

  4. Those are the shrieking eels! If you don’t believe me, just wait. They always grow louder when they’re about to feed on human flesh!

  5. I doubt political correctness or demographic changes had anything to do with the disappearance of these things. Blame Star Trek, Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, and video games.

  6. Cultural changes had at least something to do with it, I would think. It’s sure hard to find a real barbershop these days.

  7. Kevin,

    Do you mean the medieval kind of barber shop? I could go for a good blood letting about now… not.


  8. I had several boxes full of those mags from an old neighbor (he passed away a couple of years ago at 100). Most lacked covers, but a few were in excellent condition. One had an excellent cover showing American nurses armed with rifles, bandolers of ammo, bayonets, and granades (and little clothing) fighting a Japanese invasion force. I believe the actual story contained real photos of the real nurses, and IIRC they were not up to the Victoria’s Secret standard of the girls on the cover.

  9. Sadly, it’s not politically correct to be a man any more. Tales of long weekends in the mountains fishing, wheeling and hunting get blank stares from most people back at work. How come nobody can appreciate the simple pleasure of drinking whiskey and smoking cigars at the campfire with some friends any more?


  10. Not in the same category perhaps, but I miss Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos. “Thackapakow” has to be the greatest comic sound effect ever! Far superior to D.C.’s unlamented, “budda-budda-budda”.

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