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Detective magazines, comic books and early fetish magazines

Gold Seal Detective magazine cover, June 1936
image sourced here. [Jun 2005]

In the early 20th century, "Detective magazines" covertly provided a way of publishing bondage imagery. Comic books often featured characters being tied up and tying others up, particularly in "damsel in distress" plots.

There were also a very limited number of specialist fetish magazines which featured images of bondage, such as the famous Bizarre magazine published from 1946 to 1959 by the pioneering fetish photographer John Willie, and ENEG's Exotique magazine, published 1956 - 1959. These disappeared with a crackdown on pornography in the late 1950s. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondage_magazine#Detective_magazines.2C_comic_books_and_early_fetish_magazines [Jun 2005]

Detective Magazines: Pornography for the Sexual Sadist?

by Park Dietz and Harry Hazelwood

Abstract: The origins of detective magazines can be traced to 17th and 18th century crime pamphlets and to 19th century periodicals that Lombroso called “really criminal newspapers.” Content analysis of current detective magazines shows that their covers juxtapose erotic images with images of violence, bondage, and domination; that their articles provide lurid descriptions of murder, rape, and torture; and that they publish advertisements for weapons, burglary and car theft tools, false identification, and sexual aids. Six case histories of sexual sadists illustrate the use of these magazines as a source of fantasy material. We postulate that detective magazines may contribute to the development of sexual sadism, facilitate sadistic fantasies, and serve as training manuals and equipment catalogs for criminals. We recommend that detective magazines be considered during policy debates about media violence and pornography --Detective Magazines: Pornography for the Sexual Sadist?. Dietz PE, Harry B, Hazelwood RR . 1986;31(1): 197-211.

--http://www.porn-report.com/103c-park-elliott-dietz-statement.htm [Jul 2005]

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Detective Magazines (2004) - Eric Godtland, Dian Hanson

Detective Magazines (2004) - Eric Godtland, Dian Hanson [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

In 1924 the "true crime" detective magazine genre was born, and it thrived and evolved in all its fishnet-stocking, smoking-gun glory until its demise in the mid-1990s. Cashing in on people's secret voyeuristic, morbid natures, magazines such as True Detective and American Detective profiled scandalous crimes and the villains - often sexy women in stiletto heels - who committed them. Over the years, the magazines became more and more focused on crime and sexuality, until they became smutty to the point of being too racy for the newsstands. Approximately 500 pages of covers, spreads, and text will explore this sensational magazine genre in vibrant detail. Among the texts included are a profile of the eccentric man who invented the genre in 1924, profiles of the cover artists, a decade-by-decade analysis of what sort of crimes were most popular with readers, profiles of the writers (many of whom went on to fame in crime fiction writing), a feminist scholar's analysis of the portrayal of women on the magazine covers, and a reprint from a 1986 forensic magazine damning the magazines as porno for sadists. A comprehensive listing of all known titles and their publishers completes this ex --via Amazon.de

see also: Dian Hanson

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