Who was Steve Holland?
He was one of the most familiar faces in the world of the pulps. An actor and a model, Holland’s rugged good looks inspired a countless number of magazine and paperback covers. Over the course of his career, Holland served as the model for everyone from tough private investigators to prehistoric warriors to futuristic adventurers to suburban husbands.
Check out just a few of the adventures of Steve Holland below:
Do a google search for “Disco Painting” and this is one of the first images to come up. Entitled Disco Dilemma, it was painted by Mort Kunstler and, according to what I read online, it was used as the cover for the January, 1968 edition of a magazine called For Men Only.
(As my friend, Mark the Australian hippy, once pointed out, Kunstler is German for artist.)
A part of me wonders if that date is correct. Did they have discos in 1968? To me, this seems more appropriate for 1978 than 1968. Just check out that ascot on the bearded man over on the far left side of the picture. (The bearded man, incidentally, bears a vague resemblance to Charlton Heston. Heston famously wore a similar ascot all through Soylent Green.) According to Wikipedia, For Men Only published from “at least the 1950s to the 1970s,” which is pretty damn vague for the internet’s go-to source for information. Wikipedia also states that it started out as a “men’s adventure” magazine before going pornographic in 1970. Personally, I just think it’s amusing that there actually used to be a magazine called For Men Only. Is that a threat or a dare? If I found an old copy of For Men Only and I opened it, would it lead to some sort of Ark of the Covenant-style divine retribution?
(“CLOSE YOUR EYES! DON’T LOOK AT IT!”)
Well, regardless of when this was actually painted or if I would even be allowed to be in the same room as the actual magazine, here’s Disco Dilemma!
(And remember…if I can’t have you, I don’t want nobody, baby….)
(…’Cause we’re living in a world of fools. Breaking us down when they all should let us be. We belong to you and me…)
Mort Kunstler studied art at Brooklyn College, UCLA, and the Pratt Institute. After graduating in 1953, he worked as a freelance artist in New York City. Along with drawing covers and illustrations for several “men’s adventures” magazines, Kunstler also painted posters for The Poseidon Adventure and the original The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3. Since the 1980s, Kunstler has specialized in painting dramatic interpretations of key American historical events with an emphasis on the Civil War. He has been called “the foremost Civil War artist of our time.”