Friday, March 7, 2014

Post-Apocalyptic Men's Adventure

survivalist total war jerry ahern

In the 1980s, Men's Adventure fiction began to move away from vigilantism and crime and towards militarism and anti-terrorism.  Another direction it took was towards post-apocalyptic and survivalist fiction.  Post-apocalyptic fiction is a much broader category, but within that umbrella there were several series of Men's Adventure paperbacks that were oriented more towards action than science fiction.

Many, such as The Survivalist and Ashes, start before the apocalypse, while others like Deathlands and Doomsday Warrior are set in a future wasteland.  Many are Road Warrior knock offs.  Cold War paranoia is in full bloom here, and the Russians often remain the enemy.

Some recurring themes:

Blaming liberals:  America was destroyed because liberals were too cowardly to preemptively murder the entire eastern hemisphere.

Showing up the exes:  So, you left me because I spent the kids' college fund on dried MREs and boxes of gold I buried in the woods?  Now who wants in my nuclear bunker, huh?

Rape Gangs:  The mushroom clouds are still hovering in the air when the survivors divide themselves into competing themed rape gangs.  Food and clean water can come later.

My more or less exhaustive list.  Of these, Deathlands and Endworld have survived as of 2014.

  • Ashes by William J Johnstone
  • Blade by David Robbins
  • CADS by John Sievert
  • Deathlands by James Axler
  • Doomsday Warrior by Ryder Stacy
  • Eagleheart by CT Westcott
  • Endworld by David Robbins
  • Freeway Warrior by Joe Dever
  • The Guardians by Richard Austin
  • Last Ranger by Craig Sargent
  • Last Rangers by Jake Davis
  • The Marauders by Michael McGann
  • Mutants Amok by Mark Grant
  • Outrider by Richard Harding
  • Phoenix by David Alexander
  • Roadblaster by Paul Hofrichter
  • Steele by JD Masters
  • The Survivalist by Jerry Ahern
  • Swampmaster by Jake Spencer
  • Traveler by DB Drumm
  • Warlord by Jason Frost
  • Wingman by Mark Maloney
  • The Zone by James Rouch

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