A run of Mayfair arrived yesterday. They're for a friend (which sounds like a lame excuse but it's true) so I've got them for one evening only: what better way to spend a few hours than indexing the stories that appeared in them for the Fictionmags Index. So that's what I did... and I looked at all the pictures of naked ladies... and I stumbled across a couple of really interesting things that I think you'll also like (and I'm not talking about Penny Irving, who is a minor legend for middle-aged blokes: one-time hostess on Mr & Mrs, Mr Grace's secretary on Are You Being Served?, star of House of Whipcord and once the star of my desktop background, much to the amusement of anyone who saw it).
Like all men's magazines, Mayfair padded out its pages with general articles, fiction, articles about cars, book reviews and much more. Some of the padding was very good (most British men's mags were modeled on Playboy in that respect); when you had a circulation like Mayfair (which rose during the period of the run I've seen from 183,614 in early 1972 to 271,042 (Nov 1972), 311,713 (May 1973), 409,442 (Nov 1972), 449,643 (May 1974), 462,841 (Nov 1974), 472,208 (May 1975)) you could afford good writers and artists.
Michael Codd illustrated quite a few articles in Mayfair: I know nothing about him other than that he was very good. From what little I've been able to glean, he was born in 1938 and illustrated subjects as diverse as Bible stories for children and Mickey Spillane. Anyone know anything more about him?
(* illustrations probably © Fisk Publishing Co., Ltd.)