April Fool’s Day: Collegiate Pulp Novels


The joke is these are no joke. Note descent from campus lover to campus affair to campus doll to campus tramp. I wonder if the consumer of these had ever been to college. — CC

Campus Affair, 1966 - Cover art by Victor Olson



Campus Jungle, 1965 - illus Paul Rader.2










7 Comments on "April Fool’s Day: Collegiate Pulp Novels"

  1. Your job is much harder than we imagine. First, you have to track down these obscure, out-of-print books, and then you have to read them? Wow.

  2. I recall when the drug store racks had “novels” like pictured above. Wow! Those cover pictures are more alluring than anything done today.

    I never read anything remotely like this stuff. I saw my first Playboy when I was in the US Army at age 19. When I was HS, my aunt (Mom’s sister) used to censor Life and Look magazines before I ever saw them. She cut out the questionable material.

    I did manage, however, to view the ads in the photography magazines at the public library. In the back, in the classified section, there were always ads for some outfit called the Latent Image. Nudes were shown in B&W. I discreetly used to tear out the racy pages, and add them to my secret stash.

    My mother never had a clue. Fantastic to reminisce.


  3. Bring on Pretty In Pink by the Psychedelic Furs!

  4. Somehow, the 2015 version “Campus Hook-up” just doesn’t convey the same tawdry, illicit, and sordid, yet simultaneously titillating sense of. . . I’m not sure what exactly.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke

  5. Gantshirt | April 2, 2015 at 4:01 pm |

    Basically, all the women have one face as do all the men, but the variations in density, play of gravity, fall of light and shadow, heft, sag, musculature, tension, undulation of the cleavage represents true artistic integrity. Those guys were the Leonardos of décolletage. We’ll never see their like again.

  6. elder prep | April 3, 2020 at 6:43 pm |

    I discovered the best part of these books was the cover.

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