Sunday, August 1, 2010

Film Fun Magazine

One of the things I enjoy doing after I find something interesting at auction is to research and gather information about the item. As you know from my post below, I ran across a few pin-up magazines from the early 40's at auction last week. This got me thinking about pin-ups in the early 1940's and I started looking for information in regards to the two magazines I had acquired called Film Fun. Below is some of the information I've found about the magazine. I thought some of you who enjoy the 1940's pin-ups would be interested!

Film Fun Magazine, Enoch Bolles cover - 1942 Jun

Film Fun Magazine Facts!

FILM FUN ran from July 1915 to September 1942. Actually, however, it traced its roots back to the late 19th century, having begun as JUDGE'S SERIALS (1887 to January 1890), reprinting material from the humor magazine JUDGE. This became JUDGE'S LIBRARY (February 1890 to July 1912) and then THE MAGAZINE OF FUN (August 1912 to June 1915). (Source: Richard E. Clear, Old Magazines.) Apparently FILM FUN did not continue on after 1942 under some other name.

OK, going by the covers it's hard to take FILM FUN seriously as a movie magazine. Well, it didn't take itself seriously. In the beginning it covered humorous movies and actually had comedians on the covers. By 1921 it was running painted covers by the likes of John Held, Jr. (his usual topics), and by 1922 Enoch Bolles was painting for it. Bolles did women in bathing suits and women in skimpy clothes; some believe they were called "pin-ups" (how quaint that sounds today!). Meanwhile the magazine continued with stories about movies, biographies of the stars, and lots of pictures. Maybe they were racy by the standards of the day, but today we find them, well, quaint. From mid-1923, until just before it folded in 1942 (after changing to photographic covers, partly because it was under threat of an obscenity prosecution), Bolles painted almost every cover for this magazine.

Info snagged from Magazine site and written by Michael Ward.


Film Fun Magazine, Enoch Bolles cover - 1934 12

You should check these sites out if you're interested in learning more about the pinup art of Enoch Bolles.
Film Fun Website: Has cover art from 1915-1942
Magazine Art. Org: Magazine art
Enoch Bolles: A blog all about the artwork of Enoch Bolles

Enoch Bolles' magazine artwork that he created for Film Fun Magazine is still extremely popular today and being reproduced in numerous ways. You can find lots of different places on the internet to purchase his reproduction prints.


  1. Cool find! I bet it's kind of like the "Mad" Magazine of it's time.

  2. I found this post very interesting. I never heard of the magazine, but if i ever run across any, I am well informed. Who doesn't like pin-up girls? Men and women alike..they are just plain cool.

  3. I LOOOOVE Film fun! I try to collect them, but they are soooo expensive. Lot of PERVS out there. LOL.

  4. Was there a rivalry between Film Fun and Movie Humor mag?

  5. Those are gorgeous! And I'm glad that you shared some research on them.

  6. Happened to see the question about the rivalry between Film Fun and Movie Humor. Actually the owners of Film Fun sued Movie Humor between it was obviously copied after it (especially the Quintana covers) but they ended up losing the lawsuit. Go figure.
    Thanks for the link to my Bolles blog.