Top 10 MEN’s MAGAZINES

Magazines are publications, usually periodical publications, that are printed or electronically published (the online versions are called online magazines.) They are generally published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by prepaid subscriptions, or a combination of the three. At its root, the word “magazine” refers to a collection or storage location. In the case of written publication, it is a collection of written articles. This explains why magazine publications share the word root with gunpowder magazines, artillery magazines, firearms magazines, and, in various languages although not English, retail stores such as department stores.

Top 10 Men’s Magazines

Men’s Health

Launched by Mark Bricklin in 1987 as a health-oriented service magazine, Men’s Health has evolved into a lifestyle magazine for men, covering areas such as health, fitness, nutrition, relationships, travel, technology, fashion and finance. Bricklin, along with Rodale editors Larry Stains and Stefan Bechtel, initially produced three newsstand test issues. The results led Rodale to launch Men’s Health as a quarterly magazine in 1988 and begin to sell subscriptions. Bricklin, who was editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine, appointed Mike Lafavore as editor of Men’s Health that year. In his subsequent 12 years as editor-in-chief, Lafavore grew the circulation from 100,000 to more than 1.5 million, took the publishing frequency to 10 times a year, and expanded the magazine’s brand to a number of countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Mexico and Russia. He created the editorial formula still in use today, brought aboard Steven Slon, a veteran of the service journalism category, imported Greg Gutfeld from Rodale’s Prevention title and worked with longtime staff editor Denis Boyles, a former Playboy contributing editor, to develop the magazine’s influential and distinctive “regular guy” voice. Lafavore left Men’s Health in 2000, the same year Capell’s Circulation Report named the magazine “Circulation Performer of the Decade.” He appointed Greg Gutfeld as his successor. After a year, Gutfeld was replaced by David Zinczenko.

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Playboy

Playboy is an American men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner’s mother.Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models (Playmates), Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world’s best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with a presence in nearly every medium.In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special nation-specific versions of Playboy are published worldwide.
The magazine has a long history of publishing short stories by notable novelists such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, Chuck Palahniuk, P. G. Wodehouse, Haruki Murakami, and Margaret Atwood. With a regular display of full-page color cartoons, it became a showcase for notable cartoonists, including Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Cole, Eldon Dedini, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein, Erich Sokol, Roy Raymonde, Gahan Wilson, and Rowland B. Wilson.Playboy features monthly interviews of notable public figures, such as artists, architects, economists, composers, conductors, film directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, religious figures, politicians, athletes and race car drivers. The magazine generally reflects a liberal editorial stance, although it often interviews conservative celebrities.

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Details

Details is an American monthly men’s magazine published by Condé Nast, founded in 1982 by Annie Flanders.Though primarily a magazine devoted to fashion and lifestyle, Details also features reports on relevant social and political issues.
Alan Patricof bought the magazine in 1987. Condé Nast bought the magazine a year later for $2 million. Its current format stems from an October 2000, relaunch of the title, following a transfer of the magazine from Condé Nast to sibling division Fairchild Publications.
Between its last issue at Condé Nast and first at Fairchild, publication of Details was temporarily suspended. This allowed for extensive redesign and strategic repositioning of the magazine.

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GQ

Gentlemen’s Quarterly was launched in 1931 in the United States as Apparel Arts.It was a men’s fashion magazine for the clothing trade, aimed primarily at wholesale buyers and retail sellers. Initially, it had a very limited print run and was aimed solely at industry insiders to enable them to give advice to their customers. The popularity of the magazine among retail customers, who often took the magazine from the retailers, spurred the creation of Esquire magazine in 1933.
Apparel Arts continued until 1957 when it was transformed into a quarterly magazine for men, which was published for many years by Esquire Inc. Apparel was dropped from the logo in 1958 with the spring issue after nine issues, and the name Gentlemen’s Quarterly was established.
Gentleman’s Quarterly was re-branded as GQ in 1967. The rate of publication was increased from quarterly to monthly in 1970.In 1980, Condé Nast bought the publication and editor Art Cooper changed the course of the magazine, introducing articles beyond fashion and establishing GQ as a general men’s magazine in competition with Esquire. Subsequently, international editions were launched as regional adaptations of the U.S. editorial formula. Jim Nelson was named editor-in-chief of GQ in February 2003; during his tenure he worked as both a writer and an editor of several National Magazine Award-nominated pieces.During Nelson’s tenure, GQ has become more oriented towards younger readers and those who prefer a more casual style.

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Esquire

Esquire was first issued in October 1933,” to become the common denominator of masculine interests—to be all things to all men.”It was founded and edited by David A. Smart, Henry L. Jackson and Arnold Gingrich.Jackson died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624 in 1948 while Gingrich led the magazine until his own death in 1976. Smart died in 1952, although he left Esquire in 1936 to found a different magazine, Coronet. The founders all had different focuses; Gingrich specialized in publishing, Smart led the business side of the magazine while Jackson led and edited the fashion section, which made up most of the magazine in its first fifteen years of publishing. Additionally, Jackson’s Republican political viewpoints contrasted with the liberal Democratic views of Smart, which allowed for the magazine to publish debates between the two. This grew particularly heated in 1943 when the Democratic United States Postmaster General Frank Comerford Walker brought charges against the magazine on behalf of the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.The administration alleged that Esquire had used the US Postal Service to promote “lewd images”. Republicans opposed the lawsuit and in 1946 the United States Supreme Court found in Esquire v. Walker that Esquire’s right to use the Postal Service was protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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Sports Illustrated

There were two magazines named Sports Illustrated before the current magazine began on August 16, 1954.In 1936, Stuart Scheftel created Sports Illustrated with a target market for the sportsman. He published the magazine from 1936-1938 on a monthly basis. The magazine was a life magazine size and focused on golf, tennis, and skiing with articles on the major sports. He then sold the name to Dell Publications, which released Sports Illustrated in 1949 and this version lasted 6 issues before closing. Dell’s version focused on major sports (Baseball, Basketball, Boxing) and competed on magazine racks against Sport and other monthly sports magazines. During the 1940s, these magazines were monthly and they did not cover the current events because of the production schedules. There was no large-base general weekly sports magazine with a national following on actual active events. It was then that Time patriarch Henry Luce began considering whether his company should attempt to fill that gap. At the time, many believed sports was beneath the attention of serious journalism and did not think sports news could fill a weekly magazine, especially during the winter. A number of advisers to Luce, including Life magazine’s Ernest Havemann, tried to kill the idea, but Luce, who was not a sports fan, decided the time was right.

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FHM

The magazine began publication in 1985 in the UK under the name For Him Magazine and changed its title to FHM in 1994 when Emap Consumer Media bought the magazine, although the full For Him Magazine continues to be printed on the spine of each issue.
Circulation expanded to newsagents as a quarterly by the spring of 1987 and then monthly in 1994. It subsequently dominated the men’s market and began to expand internationally, being published in 27 countries including Pakistan and India.
FHM was sold as part of the publishing company sale, from EMAP to Hamburg-based company Bauer Media Group in February 2008.
On 17 November 2015, FHM announced their intention to suspend publication alongside that of fellow men’s magazine ZOO.

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Men’s Fitness

Men’s Fitness is a men’s magazine published by American Media, Inc and founded in the United States in 1987. The premier issue featured Michael Pare from the television series The Greatest American Hero.
The magazine’s slogan is “How the Best Man Wins”. The magazine targets men ages 21–40 years and features in-depth articles on fitness, nutrition, and sports, as well as sex tips, fashion advice, interviews, recipes, and surveys.
Since its inception, Men’s Fitness has become one of the fastest-growing titles in its category and licenses its title and format to Russian, Australian and British editions. Circulation doubled between 1997 and 2003 and continues to expand. As of February 2007, circulation was 700,000.
As of 2009, the British edition is no longer published under license from AMI. Dennis Publishing has acquired control of the complete publishing rights for Men’s Fitness in the UK and Ireland.

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Men’s Journal

Men’s Journal is a monthly men’s lifestyle magazine focused on outdoor recreation and comprising editorials on the outdoors, environmental issues, health and fitness, style and fashion, and gear. It was founded in 1992 by Jann Wenner, who sought to create a publication for “active, accomplished men to fuel an adventurous and discerning lifestyle”.It is published by Wenner Media, which also produces Rolling Stone and US Weekly.
Men’s Journal is the source of active, accomplished men to fuel an adventurous and discerning lifestyle. We believe that men have always been oriented towards action and accomplishment, that their lives are, or should be, adventures- stories worth telling. That is why the spirit of discovering is at the core of everything we do. Our content is packed with fresh ideas and must-have tools that allow influential men to achieve greater personal fulfillment and build a life in which nothing is average.

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Maxim

Maxim is an international men’s magazine, devised and launched in the UK in 1995, but based in New York since 1997, and prominent for its photography of actresses, singers, and female models whose careers are at a current peak. It is the largest young men’s lifestyle brand in America, reaching nearly 9 million readers each month. Maxim Digital reaches more than 4 million unique viewers each month. Maxim magazine publishes 16 editions, sold in 75 countries worldwide.
On February 27, 2014, Maxim was bought by entrepreneur Sardar Biglari. He is the founder of Biglari Holdings and Biglari Capital. As the new owner he commented, “We plan to build the business on multiple dimensions, thereby energizing our readership and viewership.”
The September 2015 issue featured actor Idris Elba on its cover, marking the first time that the magazine didn’t use a woman.

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