By: Ian Young Lester, Mason & Beggs 79 pages CA$21 + S&H * Signed by the author!
Out in Paperback is an entertaining look
at gay mass-market paperback cover art that throws new light on the important
role of the book publishing industry in the development of gay popular culture.
Richly illustrated with over a hundred covers of gay-themed pulps
published between 1948 and 1998, this fascinating visual history provides new
insights into a striking form of gay imagery.
Following the huge demand
for portable reading material during World War II, paperback publishing
exploded in the post-war years. At the same time, the Kinsey report and a spate
of novels and non-fiction studies about male homosexuality suggested new and
sensational subject matter. Literature, mass culture, and the emerging
homosexual underground combined in the accessible pulp paperback with its
striking, interpretive packaging. For many readers including young,
isolated gay men an eye-catching, pocket-sized paperback cover on a
drugstore rack provided their first intriguing look into a previously concealed
What were the messages behind the emblematic images and
flashy graphics? For whom were they intended? What was their impact on a
rapidly changing North American society? Ian Young, author of The Stonewall
Experiment: A Gay Psychohistory and an authority on gay publishing, probes
beneath the surface of gay pulp covers to reveal their underlying, sometimes