Death of Print

Say Goodbye to These Gay Porn Mags

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First Genre, now the gay porn mags are leaving the station. Mandate, Torso, Honcho, Inches, and Playguy are all closing up shop, officially ending the gay publishing group of Mavety Media Group’s titles. A lovely send off gets issued at Boy Culture, which reminds us Mandate has been spitting out naked dudes (and entertainment coverage!) for more than 34 years.

Blame the declining ad market. Blame XTube. Blame online sex toy stores. Blame new technology like 3-D porn.

If you’re reading this, you probably won’t miss any of these magazines,beyond nostalgia factor. But these rags, right up till the end, served at least one segment of the gay porn-consuming population, and that’s folks who don’t know how to turn on the computer or check their email or send picture mail from their phone.

Think of your aging gay uncle as you pour out an ounce and say goodbye to wide swath of print smut. (Or try ordering a new subscription! Evidently, you still can.)

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13 Comments

  • ask ena

    “The Magazine for Men Who Like Things Manly”
    *sigh* The end of an era.

  • Roy Rogers Oldenkamp

    I was submitted for a photo shoot in the Golden Era, but they didn’t publish- said I was too skinny! LOL

  • arjuna52

    These magazine are part of our history and the legacy of those who came before us. It would be great if all those magazines could be digitalized and available online.

  • greybat

    Gee, I grew up with these magazines! Indeed, I still have many of them. *SIGH*

  • TANK

    *shrugs*

  • Erick

    Oh crap! Where will I get my porn? Oh wait, Im on the internet.

    Well, it really is the end of an era.

    @arjuna52: Now there is a good idea.

  • Mark M

    They are part of our Hx, but not part of our future. I have found memories of despoiling my Steve Kelso photos…

  • Michael W.

    Everything was so boring and wack before the internet. I feel sorry for those poor souls who had to spend their years beating off to some pictures in a magazine.

  • mark

    mark <=== aging gay uncle

    Even I rarely had these mags. I’m old fashioned, the real thing in my bed, leaves little longing for photos in print or online.

  • Jayson

    I miss the cruising that went on while browsing these magazines in the bookstores. Face-to-face was so much better.

  • Helga von ornstein

    @Jayson: You too?? Lord do I remember the days when the bookshops were equivalent of bathhouses. Those were the days, my frieds, we thought they’d never end…………….

  • david

    If you think these mags are obsolete try hiding your computer behind a road atlas. Any ‘outdoor types” will know what I mean.

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