Thursday, January 26, 2012

Why is the OSR not producing a fanzine like this?

There are many fine amateur and semi-professional publications out there in the OSR, but I sense there’s a niche that needs to be filled. We need our very own “armpit slick” fanzine complete with covers done in the style of the men’s adventure magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. Hell, most every cover blurb for the stories inside scream to be transformed into a roleplaying adventure (OK, maybe not “The Diet That Can Double Your Sexual Batting Average,” but still I make a good point).

I can’t do it. I’m booked solid and I’d make a lousy publisher anyway, but couldn’t you see a quarterly OSR fanzine done in this style and containing adventures for Call of Cthulhu, Weird Adventures, and other RPGs of that ilk? Man, I’d be all over that slick, especially if it occasionally did tell me about “The Nation-Wide Shame of Teen-Age Sin Clubs” and where I might find one in my neck of the woods.







23 comments:

BigFella said...

Ah, the same folks who brought us, and Frank Zappa, this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ManAgainstWeasel.jpg

Glorious!

Kelvin Green said...

Quite right. While I love Fight On! to bits, the covers are often so tame.

Simon Forster said...

Not a bad idea. If someone where to kick this off, I'd be happy to join in.

whiskeytangofoxtrot said...

I could see it being pretty popular.

Of course, part of your problem is that you're appealing to a subset of a subset of the population... a niche within a niche, if you will.

However, if I saw a magazine advertising adventures for CoC where you punched out a turtle?

I'd be all over it.

Tim Shorts said...

Hehe, those are great. I much prefer wild, or like HackMaster does, instead of showing the battle before a strike, but during the strike, blood flying, heads a bouncing and girdles snapping.

brink. said...

i especially like the guy being attacked by 'giant' turtles...

Johnathan Bingham said...

I've had the same idea. If I had more time, I'd love to do something like this. Actually, I might anyway but at my rate it'd come out once every other year. Still, I'm dying to do some pulp style fantasy paintings and have been reading a lot of pulp fiction and 50's horror comics lately...

Paul said...

Turtles?

Trey said...

I'm game! I know some artists who can probably deliver that style--and there probably a lot of others who would jump at the chance to try.

anarchist said...

The world of these kind of magazines could be a good setting for an RPG.

Did they really have a fascination with guys fighting hordes of not-particularly-fierce creatures like turtles, or is that a result of people picking the funniest covers to display?

Michael Curtis said...

From what I've seen, the mags had a lot of "nature run amok" tales and you run out of grizzly bear attack tales after awhile. So it's then on to "animals you don't consider dangerous but could still wreck your day if they all ganged up on you."

You can actually read the "giant" turtle story in its entirety by visiting this page and scrolling down a bit.

Michael Curtis said...

I know some artists who can probably deliver that style--and there probably a lot of others who would jump at the chance to try.

I think, in a perfect world, that everybody who contributed to a fanzine done in this style--artists and writers alike--would have to do so under a "macho" pseudonym. That way you'd have a mag featuring the works of "Dash Hammer," "Jackson Biggs," "Rocky Stone," or the ever popular "Max Powers."

Real names could appear in the table of contents or some other out of the way place.

Erin said...

Man, those turtles are givin' that dude the BUSINESS. And that one is vampiric, too.

Brendan said...

I think I just found the name for my next adventure:

CHEWED TO BITS BY GIANT TURTLES

In other news, I would buy such an OSR pub.

Thank you also for giving me my next 4 character names Dash Hammer, etc.

mwschmeer said...

Okay, third try is a charm. . .

Check out the other stuff he has scanned here:

MensPulpMags.com Archive

Robert Parker said...

Actually, this looks more like the sort of thing that would appeal to PCs, especially with articles like "San Antonio: Home of Texas' Love-Happy Girls", "How - When - Where You Can Fight For Fortune Under Foreign Flags", and "Skull Hunt on Pygmie Island".

Hmm. I could even see the classified ad pages, with hirelings, treasure maps, and knock-off magic items for sale.

Rorschachhamster said...

...and many of the headlines would make great entries for a random rumor table... 5 -"female skippers turn waterways into new lovers' lanes"

Hehe.

Rorschachhamster said...

Sorry for the double post, but word verification on this one...

butsec

O_O

Jay said...

The Evil DM has a game called Dicey Tales which is all about the pulpy "manventure" genre.

Not sure if he's got a zine for it yet, but the cover art is pretty cool.

anarchist said...
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anarchist said...

@Rorschachhamster:

From the covers, it looks like there'd be two tables:

i) Where is the sex?

ii) What animals will eat you?

anarchist said...

@Robert Parker:

I'm halfway through writing a superhero/pulp novel. There's a brief mention of current affairs magazines called Spicy Detective Stories and Weird Mysteries.

Anonymous said...

*nod BigFella* I can see an RPG article titled "Giant Weasels Ripped My Flesh"