Monday, March 7, 2011

Man Junior Annual 1963

Man Junior Annual 1963.  Magazine.

“Man Junior” magazine was a spin off from “Man” magazine which had its beginnings in 1936 in Australia.  Both magazines would do an “Annual” which I believe were compilations/best ofs, of some of the images and cartoons from the previous year, which “conveniently” left out any of the articles and stories from the monthly magazines.  I haven’t scanned or blogged any of the cartoons contained in this annual as… well, they’re sort of a bit dated despite being a bit risqué.  I think the photographs demonstrate what this magazine was all about …… 


Recently I met someone who is a casual collector of this “sort” of Magazine.  When I write casual, i mean that she has a small collection that she casually adds to irregularly.  Her personal favourite is another magazine entitled “Gals & Gags” which as with my recent non bondage blog entry (Madcap Melody), also has nothing to do with “gags”.   Meeting a collector, albeit a casual collector, is a good indicator that there is a market for these “sort” of vintage magazines.   

These images were obviously intended to be Lurid and I think I can safely say that this magazine was/is the epitome of historical voyeuristic luridity.  Towards the back of the magazine there is some advertising some of which I have included here.  I think that more so than the images, these ads “demonstrate what this magazine was (really) all about”.


  1. Whatever else they were Man Junior, Man, Adam and the other mags were a training ground for young writers. As a young man in my twenties I sold several short stories to the group and while they were all heavily edited by the time they appeared, it was my name under the title. Would there a similar market available today.
    Mike Murphy
    Walpole Western Australia

  2. I also have a regular issue of Man Junior from February 1964 and there are plenty of stories both fact and fiction... interspersed with completely unrelated images like the ones in this blog entry (just checked and none in this issue by Mike Murphy). It is interesting to hear from someone who wrote stories that were published in these magazines. In this the age of the www where any schmuck (including me) can write and put anything out there for all to read, we sometimes forget that in days gone by things were not so easy. Reading Mikes comment makes me wonder how excited i would have been to see my name in print... i think i would have been. Thanks Mike for commenting.

  3. Paul Perry at AllSorts Secondhand BooksMarch 28, 2011 at 5:05 AM

    The golden days for writers was the 1920s. Mass literacy, and radio still too cumbersome to be ubiquitous.
    Here's something for today's aspiring writers to consider: back in the 1920s when an educated upperclass woman accidentally fell into poverty, one avenue of escape was writing. Nobody in dire straits today would consider writing a potential life line - unless they were highly delusional.