Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ed Wood Wednesdays: The Wood Magazine Odyssey, Part Three by Greg Dziawer

Let us journey once again into the swirling vortex of Ed Wood's magazine writing career.

Another fine Pendulum publication.
By 1972, Bernie Bloom's Pendulum Publishers, Inc. was humming along, producing magazines, paperbacks and films, packaging the first for boss Michael Thevis. Thevis diversified beyond solely magazine distribution in the late '60s, his Peachtree News Company of Atlanta merely the first in a long line of companies. He launched Pendulum as an adult paperback publisher in 1967 in Atlanta, then Bernie incorporated the name in LA in 1968. The name of Calga Publishers, Inc. derived from the then-current state postal abbreviations for California (CAL) and Georgia (GA). By 1972, Pendulum's small office on 5585 W Pico Blvd in Los Angeles churned out an average of three magazines per week under the Pendulum and Calga imprints. Both were legitimate business in their own right, operating from the same address. By 1972, Calga published titles under its own imprint, as well as under two DBAs (copyright-speak for "doing business as," in which a business can use a fictitious name so long as it's not trademarked): Gallery Press and Edusex. Pendulum, too, carried a DBA: SECS Press (also a concurrent paperback line: the Sex Education Clinical Series).

Ed Wood, the most prolific staff writer at the W Pico office, wrote as much as the other four or so staffers combined. His resume lists 51 short stories and 52 articles in 1972 (thanks to Bob Blackburn, co-heir of the Ed Wood estate, for this count). Although much work now attributed to him has been identified, it is our hope that this list furthers research ultimately leading to the discovery of more. Stories and articles were often written under pseudonyms, or even without credit, and the staff also wrote any and all supporting text: photo captions and narratives accompanying photo sets, and even editorials. The magazines often formed the basis for paperbacks, the staff quickly stitching them together to collect the $100 bonus per paperback offered by Bernie Bloom.

The following list contains ALL titles filed for copyright in 1972, 154 individual titles in all. A few were filed for copyright as books, though listed in the periodical copyright index owing to being serialized. Volume and Number were oft-times fluid, duplicating or even skipping a number. Some titles only had Volume numbers. The specific day of copyright likewise varied, sometimes coming after publication, sometimes before, and at the end and beginning of the year, copyright records for 1972 cover a handful of titles published in late 1971 or early 1973.

Pendulum/SECS Press


Pendulum

Balling
v2n1 FebMar

Black and White
v2n1 AprMay
v2n2 JunJul
v2n3 OctNov

Blazing Films
v6n1 JanFeb
v6n2 AprMay
v6n3 OctNov

Body and Soul
v6n1 FebMar
v6n2 JulAug

The Boy Friends
v4n1 JulAug

Dynamic Films
v6n1 MarApr
v6n2 JulAug

Ecstasy
v4n1 FebMar
v4n2 JulAug
v4n3 OctNov

Flesh & Fantasy
v5n1 MarApr

Garter Girls
v6n1 FebMar
v6n2 MayJun
v6n3 SepOct
v7n1 NovDec

The Girl Friends
v4n1 JanFeb (in notice: Dec71)
v4n2 MayJun

Girl Lovers
v2n1 JulAug

Gold Diggers
v4n1 JanFeb (in notice: Dec71)
v4n2 MayJun

Heads Up
v4n1 JanFeb (in notice: 1971)

Lezo
v6n1 MarApr

Nude But Nice
v2n1 FebMar
v2n2 MayJun

Nude Rebels
v4n1 FebMar
v4n2 MayJun
v4n3 SepOct
v5n1 JanFeb73 (in notice: Dec72)

One Plus One
v4n1 JanFeb (in notice: Dec71)
v4n2 AprMay

Orgy
v4n1 AprMay
v4n2 SepOct

Pendulum
v4n1 AprMay

Pussy Willow
v4n2 AugSep
v4n3 NovDec

Roulette
v6n1 JanFeb
v6n2 MayJun

Savage Sex
v4n1 FebMar
v4n2 AprMay

Sensuous Strippers
v3n1 MarApr
v3n2 JunJul

Spice 'n' Nice
v3n1 AprMay
v3n2 AugSep
v3n3 NovDec

Suck-em-Up
v2n1 MarApr

Swap
v6n1 MarApr
v6n2 MayJun
v6n3 OctNov

Two Plus Two
v4n1 JanFeb (in notice: Dec71)
v4n2 AprMay

The Wild-Cats
v6n1 FebMar
v6n2 MayJun

Wild Couples
v4n1 MarApr
v4n2 JulAug

Young Beavers
v6n1 MarApr
v6n2 JulAug


SECS Press

Adult Garden of Sex
SECS Press
n6 MarApr
n7 JulAug
n8 NovDec

Bride & Groom
SECS Press (book)
1 FebMar
3 JulAug
4 SepOct

The Sexual Man
SECS Press
n4 JanFeb
n5 AprMay
n6 JunJul
n7 OctNov

The Sexual Woman
SECS Press
n5 FebMar
n6 AprMay
n7 AugSep
n8 JanFeb73 (in notice: Dec72)

Workbook of Adult Sexual Education
SECS Press (book)
2 MarApr
3 MayJun

World of Love & Sex
SECS Press (book)
11 Apr


Calga/Gallery Press/Edusex


Calga

Belly Button
v3n1 AprMay

Erotic Love
v3n2 OctNov

Group Sex (An Illustrated Study of Group Sex)
v4n1 MarApr
v1n2 AugSep
v1n3 NovDec

Hit and Fun
v3n1 FebMar
v3n2 AugSep

An Illustrated Study of Voyeurism (Formerly: Voyeurism)
v3n2 OctNov

Lesbianism
v3n1 AprMay

Lesbo Lassies
v4n1 JanFeb (in notice: Dec71)
v4n2 MayJun
v4n3 OctNov

Love Me
v3n1 FebMar
v3n2 JunJul

Mastering Sexual Adequacy
v1 JanFeb (in notice: Dec71)
v1 MarApr
v3 Apr May

Primer for Sexual Education
v5 JanFeb
v5 MarApr
v7 JunJul
v8 SepOct
v9 NovDec

The Reel Thing
v1 JanFeb
v2MayJun
v3SepOct

Sado-Masochism (A Study of Sadomasochism)
v4n1 JanFeb
v4n2 MayJun

Skin & Bones
v4n1 FebMar
v4n2 JulAug

A Study of Erotic Love Practices
v3n1 MarApr

Switch Hitters
v3n1 MarApr
v3n2 AugSep
v3n3 NovDec

U.S. Sex and World Views
v5 FebMar
v6 AprMay

Voyeurism (Continued as An Illustrated Study of Voyeurism)
v3n1 AprMay


Gallery Press

Boyplay
Gallery Press
v1n1 NovDec

Cherry
Gallery Press
v1n1 NovDec

Couples Doing It
Gallery Press
v1n1 AugSep72
v1n2 OctNov

Deuce
Gallery Press
v1n1 NovDec

Fantastic
Gallery Press
v1n1 AugSep
v1n2 NovDec

Gallery
Gallery Press
v1n1 OctNov

Gemini
Gallery Press
v1n1 SepOct
v1n2 NovDec

Goddess
Gallery Press
v1n1 SepOct
v1n2 NovDec

Hellcats
Gallery Press
v1n1 OctNov

Legendary Sex Tales
Gallery Press
v1n1 SepOct

Lesbian Life
Gallery Press
v1n1 AugSep
v1n2 NovDec

Monster Sex Tales
Gallery Press
v1n1 AugSep

Party Time
Gallery Press
v1n1 AugSep
v1n2 NovDec

Passion
Gallery Press
v1n1 OctNov

Savage
Gallery Press
v1n1 SepOct
v1n2 NovDec

Turn On
Gallery Press
v1n1 SepOct
v2n1 JanFeb73 (in notice: Dec72)

Wanted Women
Gallery Press
v1n1 SepOct
v2n1 JanFeb73 (in notice: Dec72)

Weird Sex Tales
Gallery Press
v1n1 JulAug

Woman's World
Gallery Press
v1n1 SepOct
v2n1 JanFeb73 (in notice: Dec71)


Edusex

The Anatomy of Sex
Edusex
v1 AugSep
v2 NovDec

Female Sexuality
Edusex
n1 OctNov

The Sex Experience
Edusex
n1 AugSep
n2 NovDec

Sex Forum
Edusex
n1 OctNov

Sex in America
Edusex
n1 OctNov

The Sex Scene
Edusex
n1 NovDec

Sex Studies
Edusex
n2 NovDec

Sexworld
Edusex
n1 AugSep
n3 NovDec


We'll continue indexing all magazine titles produced by Pendulum/Calga during Ed's tenure there (the majority of the publisher's existence) in future installments of Ed Wood Wednesdays.

3 comments:

  1. http://www.eatoncreative.com/memories/working-with-ed-wood-jr/

    Hi Greg n Joe,Please forgive me if this has already been posted (I know it must have) but I find it contains some fascinating insights from a staffer at Pendulum.Love the posts,best wishes Martin

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    1. Hello. I've cited that article before, but it never hurts to mention it again. It's something every Ed fan should read.

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  2. sorry for the late reply, martin. thanks for the kind words, and yes, i agree that leo eaton's reminiscences are crucial. in fact, i'll be linking to them yet again in tomorrow's Wood Wednesday!

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