The Art of Earl Norem: ‘The Circus Bear That Assassinated the Nazi Butchers of Stalag 13’ (1968)

Norem 1968

Norem True Action Feb 1976

Welcome to the world of men’s adventure magazines, a genre that peaked during the placid ’50s, and continued to sell well through the late ’70s. The spread comes from a 1976 issue of True Action magazine, but Norem’s original illustration (top image) is from 1968. The story was probably reprinted several times. And why not, when you have art this good?

Nothing gets me through a Wednesday quite like an indignant circus bear bitch-slapping a cadre of deranged Nazi stooges.

3 Responses to “The Art of Earl Norem: ‘The Circus Bear That Assassinated the Nazi Butchers of Stalag 13’ (1968)”


  1. 1 His friend J April 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    That guy who is sitting down does not seem at all concerned that this bear is running wild and killing people. I would be slightly more concerned, especially give the fact that the bear is about 5 feet away and growling at me.


  1. 1 The Art of Earl Norem: Men’s Pulps, 1965 – 1975 | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on June 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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