James Warren (born James Warren Taubman; July 29, 1930) is a magazine publisher and founder of Warren Publishing. Magazines published by Warren include Famous Monsters of Filmland, the horror-comics magazines Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, the war anthology, “Blazing Combat” and the science fiction anthology 1984 (later renamed 1994) among others. While somewhat derivative of earlier EC Comics, Warren magazines used some of the best comics illustrators and writers of the day and developed a style and feel of their own.
1 Art and architecture
2 After Hours and Famous Monsters of Filmland
5 Further reading
Art and architecture
James Warren was born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An art student during his grammar school and high school years, he came in second one year in the Pennsylvania State Scholastic Art Competition. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture and served in ROTC, leaving his junior year to enlist in the United States Army when the Korean war began. Accepted into Armored Infantry Officers Training, he was deafened six months later during training when he got too close to the .50 caliber heavy machine gun. He was medically discharged a few months later, and did not return to Penn State.
After Hours and Famous Monsters of Filmland
In the 1950s, Warren worked in advertising as an artist and writer. Inspired by Hugh Hefner’s magazine Playboy, he launched his own men’s magazine, After Hours, which lasted four issues and led to his arrest on charges of obscenity and pornography in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was based. He recalled in an interview published in 1999:
…a lot of publishers said, ‘Look at all that money! Look at those Playboy sales! Let’s put out an imitation!’ And by the time 35 Playboy imitations came out, mine was one of them. It was called After Hours … and I got my first experience with national magazine distributors and retailers, and with large magazine printing plants. It lasted four issues. It was awful. … I learned the hard way about Teamsters, truckers, loading docks, slowdowns at printing plants and bankers who welsh on you.
Through After Hours, Warren met his future collaborator, Hollywood literary agent Forrest J Ackerman, who submitted the pictorial feature “Girls from Science-Fiction Movies.” Following correspondence and telephone calls, they met in person in New York City in late 1