Burroughs and Beats in Men’s Magazines: William Burroughs Appearances in Adult Men’s Magazines

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Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting

This list is by no means comprehensive, although I attempted to make it as complete as possible. I combed through Maynard & Miles and Eric Shoaf’s Checklist marking down all the men’s magazines with William Burroughs fiction, essays, or interviews. I took adult men’s magazines to be glossy magazines with a mixture of nude pictorials, fiction, and lifestyle articles. Basically, they are skin or porno mags; be it girlie or gay.

The key element to this list is the glossy Time / Life magazine format mixed with the nude photos. As a result, the Mayfair Academy Rip-off of 1973 did not make the list although this publication would be a nice addition to a Beat / men’s magazine collection and is a simple way to get a hold of the many Mayfair articles in one place. I did not include Olympia Magazine or the later issues of Evergreen Review (especially the issues of the late 1960s) which flirt with the men’s magazine format but remain literary magazines at heart. I also listed gay magazines (a men’s magazine from a different bent if you will), most notably Playgirl, to show the changing ways Burroughs’ image and works could be utilized. In some cases, I just was not sure if the magazine was in fact a glossy men’s magazine at all. I listed Suck, National Screw, and Blueboy, for example. National Screw started as a newspaper tabloid format like an underground sex paper, but morphed into a glossy after a couple of issues. I know little about Suck and Blueboy but they clearly are sex-oriented magazines and they tell an interesting story about Burroughs so I included them. Any additions to this list would be greatly appreciated as well as a brief write up describing its contents both Burroughs related and otherwise.

William Burroughs in Wildcat Adventures

Wildcat Adventures Excerpt from Junkie
Man’s Wildcat Adventures
(Front Cover)
Volume 1, No. 1, pp 23-25, 47, 55-72. New York: June 1959 (35 cents)
Excerpt from Junkie
Man’s Wildcat Adventures
(First Page of Burroughs Text)
Volume 1, No. 1, pp 23-25, 47, 55-72. New York: June 1959 (35 cents)

William Burroughs in Swank

Swank “The Word”
(Front cover)
Vol. 8, no. 3: 51-55. New York: July 1961 (50 cents).
“The Word”
(Introduction by John Fles)
Vol. 8, no. 3: 51-55. New York: July 1961 (50 cents).
“The Word”
(Burroughs text, page 1)
Vol. 8, no. 3: 51-55. New York: July 1961 (50 cents).
“The Word”
(Burroughs text, page 2)
Vol. 8, no. 3: 51-55. New York: July 1961 (50 cents).

William Burroughs in Mayfair

Mayfair, Oct 1967 “Interview” and “The Future of Sex and Drugs”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 1)
Vol. 2, No. 10, pp 11-15. London: October 1967
Maayfair, Nov 1967 “The Engram Theory”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 2)
Vol. 2, No. 11, pp 28-31. London: November 1967
Mayfair, Dec 1967 “Where’s Our Killer Whistle?”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 3)
Vol. 2, No. 12, pp 54-56. London: December 1967
Mayfair, Jan 1968 “Scientology Revisited”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 4)
Vol. 3, No. 1, pp 29-31. London: January 1968
Mayfair, Feb 1968 “The Last Broadcast”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 5)
Vol. 3, No. 2, pp 28-29. London: February 1968
Mayfair, Mar 1968 “By Far The Most Efficient and Precise Language We Possess is the Common Cold”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 6)
Vol. 3, No. 3, 54-56. London: March 1968
Mayfair, Apr 1968 “The Fire Breaks Out”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 7)
Vol. 3, No. 4, pp 32-34. London: April 1968
Mayfair, May 1968 “In That Year of 1969, Astonished Motorists Were Hustled at Random into the Death Cells for Parking Offenses”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 8)
Vol. 3, No. 5, pp 54-55. London: May 1968
Mayfair, Jun 1968 “Switch On and Be Your Own Hero”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 9)
Vol. 3, No. 6, 52-54. London: June 1968
Mayfair, Jul 1968 “The Academy’s Ultimate Offer — Immunity to Death”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 10)
Vol. 3, No. 7, 52-54. London: July 1968
Mayfair, Aug 1968 “Do You Remember Tomorrow?”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 11)
Vol. 3, No. 8, pp. 28-29. London: August 1968
Mayfair, Sept 1968 “Oh God, Get Me Out of This!”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 12)
Vol. 3, No. 9, pp. 32-34. London: September 1968
Mayfair, Oct 1968 “Wind Die You Die We Die”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 13)
Vol. 3, No. 10, pp 52-53, 62. London: October 1968
“Man, You Voted for a Goddam Ape”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 14)
Vol. 3, No. 12, pp 52-54. London: December 1968
Mayfair, Jan 1969 “Rally Around the Secrets, Boys”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 15)
Vol. 4, No. 1, pp 52-54. London: January 1969
Mayfair, February 1969 “Infiltration”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 16)
Vol. 4, No. 2, pp 52-53. London: February 1969
Mayfair, April 1969 “The Brain Grinders”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 17)
Vol. 4, No. 4, pp 32-34. London: April 1969
Mayfair, May 1969 “I’m Scared, I’m Scared, I’m Not”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 18)
Vol. 4, No. 5, pp 52-54. London: May 1969
“The Final Crusade of the Veteran Warriors”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 19)
Vol. 4, No. 6, pp 52-54, 56, 58. London: June 1969
Mayfair, August 1969 “The Voracious Aliens”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 20)
Vol. 4, No. 8, 32-34. London: August 1969
Mayfair, September 1969 “Days of Great Luxury Are Coming Back”
(The Burroughs Academy Bulletin 21)
Vol. 4, No. 9, 54-56. London: September 1969
“My Challenge to Scientology”
Vol. 5, No. 1. London: January 1970
Mayfair, February 1970 “The Transplant Apocalypse”
Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 32-33. London: February 1970
Mayfair, March 1970 “Without Your Name, Who Are You?”
Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 52-54. London: March 1970
Mayfair, June 1970 “And a Final Word From William Burroughs”
Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 36. London: June 1970
Mayfair, July 1970 “D.E. My Super Efficiency System”
Vol. 5, No. 7, pp. 52-54. London: July 1970
Mayfair, December 1970 “Twilights Last Gleamings”
Vol. 5, No. 12, pp 61-62. London: December 1970
Mayfair Academy (More or Less) Mayfair Academy (More or Less)
Urgency Press Rip Off, 1973
Contains ten of the Burroughs “Academy Bulletins” from Mayfair

William Burroughs and Malcolm Mc Neill in National Screw

National Screw June 1977 “Los Niños Locos”
National Screw
June 1977
National Screw June 1977 “Los Niños Locos”
National Screw
June 1977
National Screw August 1977 “Day Is Done”
National Screw
August 1977
National Screw August 1977 “Day Is Done”
National Screw
August 1977

William Burroughs in Various Men’s Mags

Jaguar, Jan 1966 “Prophet or Pornographer”
New York: January 1966. (Interview with Jaguar Staff)
King, July 1966 “Exterminator!”
pp 58-60. London: July 1966 (7s 6d)
Cavalier, Oct 1968 “O Say Can You See If Bently’s Who He Appears to Be?”
Vol 18, No. 12, pp 43, 57. New York: October 1968 (60 cents)
Penthouse, Mar 1972 “William Burroughs ‘I’ve Noticed a Regrettable Vagueness in Accounts of Hallucinogenic Drugs. In Time I Think These Just Lead to a Sort of Dreamland State”
Vol. 3, No. 7, pp 44,46, 52. New York: March 1972. (reprint of June 1971 Interview)
Oui, Aug 1973 “Face to Face with the Goat God”
2, No. 8, pp 68, 92, 94. Chicago: August 1973
Oui, October 1977 “My Life in Orgone Boxes”
October 1977
Oui, October 1977 “My Life in Orgone Boxes”
October 1977
Club, October 1977 Club
October 1977

Jack Kerouac in Escapade and Mayfair

Escapade Feb 1960 Kerouac on our “bloody mad history”
February 1960
Escapade Apr 1960 Kerouac on the Berlin Question
April 1960
Escapade Oct 1960 Kerouac on Zen
October 1960
Escapade, Dec 1960 Kerouac on Jazz
December 1960
Escapade, Apr 1961 Kerouac on Cody and the Road
April 1961
Mayfair, Nov 1968 Kerouac “In the Ring”
November 1968

More Burroughs in Men’s Mags

“Discussion Playboy Panel: The Drug Revolution”, Playboy Magazine, 17, No. 2, pp 53-74, 200-201. Chicago: February 1970 ($1.00)

“William Burroughs: Mind Engineer”, Penthouse, 6, No. 6, pp 37-40, 60. London: June 1971 (30p). (Interview with Graham Masterson and Andrew Rossabi)

“The Penny Arcade Peep Show / The Wild Boys Smile”, Suck, 5, pp 10, 15. Amsterdam: Summer 1971

“Blue Movie/Who Are These Boys?”, Suck, 6, pp 15-16. Amsterdam: 1971

“William Burroughs Takes a Look at Sex Films”, Suck, 6, p 15. Amsterdam: 1971

“First Meetings: One Dozen Memories from the Files of William Burroughs”, National Screw, April 1977. Taken from discussions with Victor Bockris

“Los Ninos Locos”, National Screw, Vol. 1, No. 7. June 1977. Part of Port of Saints

“Day is Done”, National Screw, August 1977. First issue as a glossy magazine

“The Health Officer”, Club Magazine, October 1977.

“Women: A Biological Mistake?”, Playgirl Magazine, March 1978.

“Dear Allen…Love Bill”, Blueboy, April 1978.

“Dinner with Andy and Bill”, Blueboy, October 1980. Interview with Warhol and Burroughs

William S. Burroughs in Men’s Magazines

Written by Jed Birmingham and published by RealityStudio on 5 September 2006. Updated with cover images February 2009.
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Comments Total: 13
David S.
Mar 21 2009
11:43 pm

Some of these titles are unfamiliar to me. for example, “Face to Face with the Goat God” (“Pan God of Panic”? “Apocalypse”?) “Without Your Name, Who Are You?” “And a Final Word From William Burroughs” and a number of others. I can infer from a few of the titles that some may be work published in some of WSB’s books, but if anyone can provide a corerelation between these titles and work published in Burroughs “mainstream” books or in the various collections of interviews, I’d be most grateful.

Mar 22 2009
12:30 pm

The Face to Face essay was written on assignment about the Joujouka musicians in Morocco. I dont think it has been collected, at least not in The Adding Machine and The Burroughs File. Much of the Mayfair stuff deals with Scientology in some way like And A Final Word. These were written specifically for Mayfair. I dont own a copy of Ali’s Smile/Naked Scientology but I dont think the Mayfair Scientology essays are collected there. Some of the Mayfair stuff is in the Mayfair Acadamy bootleg (10 essays) which is now a $200 item.

I have taken a quick look through The Burroughs File and The Adding Machine and the Men’s Mag stuff does not look to be in there.

Jun 4 2009
2:43 pm

For the full bulletins see the transcripts here (from a bootleg print of ’73) as preserved by the Wayback Machine, archived from some 1999/2000 web page:

~ André

Jun 5 2009
4:38 am

the comment engine or the moderator did swallow my URL ref (but why? without it the whole comment is useless).

so just goto the wayback machine and search for

members DOT tripod DOT co DOT uk SLASH samizdat SLASH academy DOT html

You find a copy of that URL from 1999 and there you find the transcripts of the Burroughs Academy Bulletins.


~ André

Jun 5 2009
8:33 am

This is the link.

Jun 19 2009
4:02 am

it is a pleaser to read this web-site and re-visit the archive link.
now i know what bits of Acadamy Series were not put out in the archive link: eg the intro’s for each article.
I might do somethink about this, later…..

Jim Pennington
Feb 2 2012
3:37 pm

Jed – I bet you have found copies of the missing Mayfairs but you just like seeing (to come) in the middle of a spread of spreads ….

Feb 2 2012
7:34 pm


To be honest I have not really pursued the men’s magazines I am missing which I should because I have a very good start. I should get on it.

Feb 2 2012
7:37 pm



The “To Come” is a nice touch that I wish I could take credit for, but it is Supervert all the way as you would expect.

Matthew Levi Stevens
May 19 2012
9:40 am

I have the ‘Mayfair Academy (More or Less)’ booklet, so I was particularly interested to see the missing articles – this is an amazing resource, which has been invaluable reference, so Thank You!

Readers might like to know that the missing piece ‘I, William Burroughs, Challenge You, L. Ron Hubbard’ from Mayfair Vol.5 No.1 of January 1970 can be seen and downloaded from here:

The issue of ‘Oui’ from 1973 with ‘Face to Face with the Goat God’ is still fairly easy to get hold of – I have a scan of it somewhere that I’ll have to dig out (it also has an article on Alejandro Jodorowsky)

Best as Ever: MLS

David D.
Sep 30 2013
4:28 am

This is a truly invaluable source, thanks so much for compiling it. New to commenting on here, though not to the site, which has been pretty much of a daily stop for some time now … so thanks for that too (I guess…)

I would absolutely love to see this, especially the Mayfair stuff, completed – any chance? Surely someone passing here must have some missing issue? Searching through the database Mr Stevens linked to above, I came upon a couple more things of interest: the LRHubbard reply with WSB’s ‘final word’ from Vol5No6 (http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/images/197003-mayfair.pdf) and a reply to WSB from mrs Hubbard from Vol5No4(http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/images/197006-mayfair.pdf) …

Also, in the Wayback link posted above, I noticed the piece entitled ‘Without Your Name, Who Are You’ to be Burroughs’ (Village Voice?) review of Gysin’s Process – is that correct, anyone owning the ‘More or Less’ booklet?


David D.
Sep 30 2013
4:31 am

… the Hubbard reply is the file “197008″ instead of “197003″, sorry for that …

Aug 11 2014
12:27 pm

Theres a 1980′s bookleg ‘The Mayfair Academy Series More More or Less’ that has more of the articles (it may have even been complete) and some supporting material, images etc, and a bibliography explaining where most of the material ended up – chapters of exterminator, wild boys, and the Burroughs File if i remember. Unfortunately i lost my copy in a burglary and haven’t seen another. I’m guessing it was a UK piracy.

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