Saturday, May 04, 2024

Stan Lee's Film International, 1975

Here's something one rarely hears about. In 1975, Magazine Management--formerly Martin Goodman's publishing empire--put out at least 4 issues of an odd hybrid magazine called FILM INTERNATIONAL. The covers of issues 1-4 could pass for adult mags, and about half of the content could as well. An article about Kirk Douglas, for instance, is followed by a nostalgic piece about Greta Garbo, and then a feature on XXX film star Jamie Gillis, complete with lots of naked pics! Every issue mixes porn articles and reviews with typical mainstream movie star articles of the day.

The kicker here is that Stan Lee is the publisher, and even writes some of his notoriously unfunny captioned photos! His old Marvel cohort Sol Brodsky is VP, his wife Joan is listed as Art Assistant, and some of the other names I recognize from Marvel mags as well.

PLAYBOY film critics Hollis Albert and Arthur Knight are the only names I recognize among the writers. Leonard Maltin reviews books and gossip columnist Army Archerd shares gossip. I wouldn't be surprised if their pieces were reprinted from elsewhere. Maybe not. Alan LeMond, who also edited MM's NOSTALGIA ILLUSTRATED at the same time, is the editor.

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