|The next step on our tour of Ed Wood's career? The foul year of 1975.|
In our last index of magazines, we listed all titles filed for copyright by Gallery Press, Inc in 1974. As with that year, the 1975 filings were solely under the Gallery Press imprint, and the volume of publications considerably less than in the early '70s, when Pendulum/Calga was in full swing (no pun intended). Fifty-three titles and 75 issues were filed in 1975, a number of issues dated late 1974 that had yet to be filed. Most titles saw the release of only a single issue (three issues at most for only a handful of titles), but a few early Pendulum titles still continued, e.g. Swap and Wildcats into their respective eighth volumes. New titles included such gems as Bush Lovers, Cunny, and Young Sugar. Excepting three titles of Case Histories, the sociological angle, once the province of the defunct SECS Press and Edusex imprints, was almost entirely gone; no longer was it necessary to continue the ruse of educational content, due to the relaxation of obscenity laws and now-widespread existence of pornographic magazines. Worth noting: Gallery Press also published adult paperbacks in 1975.
Gallery Press/Gallery Press, Inc.
v3n3 JanFeb (in notice: Dec74)
Black and White
The Girl Friends
Girls in Love
v3n2 JanFeb (in notice: Dec74)
Group Case Histories
Illustrated Case Histories: A Study of Erotic Love Practices
Lesbian Case Histories
v2n2 JanFeb (in notice: Dec74)
Spice and Nice
v1n1 JanFeb (in notice: Dec74)
Three of a Kind
The Wild One
Tom Brinkmann's superb 2009 book Bad Mags 2: The Strangest, Sleaziest, And Most Unusual Periodicals Ever Published! lists two additional 1975 Gallery Press titles, both containing work by Ed: Bi-Sex, v2n1 (April/May) contains the Wood-written-and-credited story "Flowers For Flame LeMarr," reprinted from the Feb/Mar 1973 Pendulum Spice 'n' Nice. The story was also reprinted in the seminal 2014 collection Blood Splatters Quickly: The Collected Stories Of Edward D. Wood, Jr., edited and compiled by Bob Blackburn, co-heir of Kathy Wood's estate. Gold Diggers, v7n1 contains the uncredited Ed story "Not So Freewheeling." The issue itself is identified as a reprint of Gold Diggers v4n1 from 1972.
In all, we've now indexed upwards of 625 individual issues filed for copyright from 1970 through 1975 under the Pendulum family of imprints, not including annuals, reprints and sporadic issues not filed for copyright. Ed claimed in a 1978 interview with Fred Olen Ray published in Cult Movies #11 from 1994 (dissected in-depth by Joe Blevins here at Wood Wednesdays in two parts here and here) to have written a thousand short stories and articles going back to the early-to-mid-1960s. The lion's share of these appeared in Pendulum-related titles, although we still know little about Ed's magazine writing from 1963 through the end of that decade.
We've barely begun to scratch the surface.