Anybody else beside me remember Saga Magazine from back in the 1970s? Saga Magazine was a weird mix of fake hard news, conspiracy theories, macho adventurers, celebrity profiles and scantily clad — but never quite nude (dammit!) — up-and-coming young starlets and models. It was for that reason I didn’t put it in the category of ‘Men’s Magazines” as I did with the Police Gazette, and the like. Based on the 75¢ cover price it might best be described as maybe a poor’s man’s Esquire. Better yet, anybody else remember the magazine, Argosy? Yeah, it’s more like that.
In researching Lee Marvin Point Blank I of course had to scour everything available on Marvin and this article was one of them.There are some decent quotes in it but the  attributed author, Jim Sirmans (or perhaps the editor), really needed to check the facts in the piece. Lee’s father’s name was NOT Courtenay. That of course, was his mother’s name. The film he made with John Wayne was not The Heroes but The Comancheros. Ah well.  Enough nitpicking. Below is the article I speak of. Enjoy!

Cover of the June, 1974 issue of SAGA barely featuring Lee Marvin.

First page of the article in SAGA featuring some interesting contrasting images of Marvin.

Lee Marvin SAGA profile, Page 1.

Lee Marvin SAGA profile, Page 2.

Lee Marvin SAGA profile, Page 3.

Lee Marvin SAGA profile, Page 4.

Lee Marvin SAGA profile, Page 5.


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When a high-profile magazine, such as Esquire, wants to sell copies of their latest issue back in 1970, they put the biggest star in the world on its cover (Lee Marvin Point Blank, p. 175). It would be natural to assume that would mean this same big star would be profiled within its covers. The magazine, which at the time measured a whopping 10×13, had a caption that would lead the reader to believe it as well. “Evil lurks in California. Lee Marvin is afraid. See page 99,” Okay, turn to page 99 and what’s to be found?  On page 99  you find the beginning o  a multi-layered article on why evil does indeed lurk in California. At that moment in time it meant the Manson family, the murder of Robert F. Kennedy and a slew of other well-known atrocites. Keep in mind, this is the same magazine that thought it would be cute to have a cover photo of Lt. John Calley smiling as he’s shown surrounded by a group of Vietnamese children and villagers.

In any event, Marvin may indeed have been afraid, but you’d never know it from Esquire…or from the cover photo!

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