Men's Adventure Magazines compiled by Max Allan Collins, George Hagenauer, and Steven Heller
This is coffee table book of covers from US men's adventure magazines of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. These magazines all had titles like True Man, Rugged Man, True Male, Rugged True Male, and so on, and are collectively known as 'sweats' because of the sweaty blue collar heroes their covers often feature. The covers are deranged, typically featuring a sweaty man and a bikini clad woman being menaced by rabid weasels, or maybe some attractive women popping out of their tops, as Nazi sadists get ready to brand them or flog them or bury them alive. Said attractive women often have a "here we go again" facial expression, and no wonder - Nazis torturing attractive women seems to be a staple of these titles. Sometimes, though, the magazines deal with rugged American men unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of Nazi women.
These magazines also played heavily on male inadequacy, boasting many articles with titles like "America's Virility Crisis", "Why American Women Want Foreign Lovers", and "Your Wife Hates You". It seems like the post-war generation was faced with a worrying new cohort of uppity women, and maybe the magazines' world of male fantasy was an environment where an ordinary joe could kick back and get away from all the yap he was getting in everyday life.
If you want to check out some of the cover paintings (and maybe even buy some originals), there is a fabulous online gallery of work by sweats supremo Norm Eastman. They lose something without the text, so maybe check out this gallery of covers, including text: Norman Saunders Men's Magazine Covers. Be warned, though, your boss might have to don a Nazi uniform and flog you if you view those images at work.
So yes, Taschen at its best, and a lovely Christmas present from my beloved.