Not all the men’s magazines of the 60s and 70s that often featured Lee Marvin were of the ‘girlie’ variety. There were some that have recently been enjoying a resurgence and are often categorized under the genre of ‘sweats.’ These quickie monthly mags integrated pulp art & fiction more so with the occasional pictorial as the reader will see below. This one, True Action from March, 1968, didn’t even mention Marvin on the cover…. but then again, why should it? The cover art alone is what sold it off the newsstand, with plenty of action and promiscuity teasing on the outside and fulfilling the tease on the inside.
Cover of True Action, March 1968.
Personally, I like the piece of fiction entitled HOT TEASE FOR THE CHAMP with the grabbing subheadline that read, “She had sneered at Melli and called him a ‘cave man.’ Now his powerful hands were on her, searching, stroking, and all she could moan was ‘More, Johnny, more….'”
Ahem. Aaaaanyway, the profile of Marvin consisted of over-the-top adjectives in between quotes culled from other and uncited sources. They were of course included in Lee Marvin: Point Blank from the original and cited sources, but for the benefit of the blog, here’s the the 2-page layout that was the opening of the article. Rock-fisted? Enjoy……
First page of a March ’68 issue of TRUE ACTION featuring Lee Marvin.
Lee Marvin & charity are not words that are often thought of in the same sentence but they certainly came together when it came to the actor’s dedication to the USMC. Throughout his life, he would often give generously to Marine-related causes, but usually kept a low-profie about it. Of course, if media attention meant bringing more attention to the cause, then he would certainly do so. In 1968, at the height of his popularity, he was the on-air host and narrator of an ABC-TV special entitled, “Our Time in Hell” featuring recently discovered color footage of embattled WWII Marines in the Pacific. He waived his fee for the show and instead, had it turned over to an organization that helped civilian victims of the Vietnam War, as recounted in Lee Marvin Point Blank (p. 172). Below, are two more examples of Lee being recognized for his charity work with the USMC. All that his known of these events are what is written on the back of the pictures…..
Lee Marvin recives a USMC award for his charity work
Above simply states “Marine Award, 1966.” The gentleman to the right is unknown.
Lee Marvin presents (recieves?) a check for his USMC work.
The above photo is from The CItizen News archives and is also an unknown event but appears to be Lee happily presenting (or recieving?) a check from a USMC officer. Neither gentlemen other than Marvin are known. Anybody want to chime in with information? Please do!
In researching Lee Marvin: Point Blank, some of the most intriguing stories about the man were related to me by individuals not necessarily know by the general public. Case in point: Ralph O’Hara. O’Hara was a legend around the bars of Malibu and Santa Monica and as such, he just had to have some good Lee Marvin stories to uncover. Anyone who’s read Lee Marvin: Point Blank knows how true that is. He was also willing to relate his poignant perspective to the end of Lee’s life (pp. 243-244). I can also say that after Christopher Marvin read my book he told me that the next time I see or hear from Ralph that Chirstopher has the $20 he owes him for lending him gas money from Tucson back to Calif after after his father’s funeral in 1987. Unfortunately, I long lost contact with Ralph, who apparently moved down South after he retired from bartending.
Wallawa Whitman National Forest Baker Oregon on set of Paint Your Wagon, July 1968. Ralph J. O’Hara, Julie Ayers, Lee Marvin
During the time I was in contact with Ralph O’Hara I constantly badgered him for a picture, especially for one with him and Lee. I haranged him for several months but he kept insisting his lawyer would not allow it. Go figure that one out. One day, in the mail, I received the image above. Too ragged to be used for the book, I present the photo here for your perusal. Ralph, if you’re out there and can see this, I thank you once again!
Ralph’s own caption: “Wallawa Whitman National Forest Baker Oregon on set of Paint Your Wagon, July 1968. Ralph J. O’Hara, Julie Ayers, Lee Marvin.”