Occasionally, the Darwination Scans time machine sets down in location, well, very strange. When I discover a new magazine, I don't necessarily know what's going to be in it. This one, the title says it all, it's Battling Girls, so, no mystery, and, yet, still very strange.
After typing so late last night (a nice entry if I do say so) and finding the occasion tonight to work a cover repair, I've grabbed an old scan for a quick post in keeping with my post a day pace. I don't give nudity warnings here at Darwination Scans, do they at the museum? Nakedness is not is not the same as filth. And in the name of exploration, I've scanned some filth, too. Maybe I even enjoyed it :D
Battling Girls contains nudity (alongside the black censorship bars, it's kind of bizarre), but it's not really filthy. These ladies are "house wrestling," whatever that is. A strange subculture I doubt I want to google. And yet, it's still kind of fun. I'm reminded of a recent viewing (do excuse when I do this, but I like to talk cinema, too) of Killer Sally (2022), a recent netflix doc on bodybuilder Sally McNeil and the murder of her husband, Ray McNeil. It covers some wild territory in the world of semi-pro bodybuilding and mixes an expose of that era of bodybuilding (*roids*) with a number of very human stories of generational violence and trauma. More touching than you'd expect. Sally's side hustle is wrestling men for money. There's no sex involved just a kink for wrestling giant, muscled women. That may be weirder than this (and who I am I to judge another fellow), but Battling Girls is freaky deaky.
A quick eBay search turns up a similar title, Female Fighting, with what looks like a multi year run in the 90s into the 2000s, as well as the long running Amazons in Action which seems to feature some boxing as well. There are multiple watchers on many of these magazines, so it's a thing o.O
Or HOLY SHIT, a copy of this very mag tied to another issue on sale at this very moment for $400. Maybe I'll have to keep that in mind when I unload this one, ha.
I did meet at least one scanner back when I scanned this who seemed to really like this material, a reserved and kindly gentleman, so I don't think the fans of these mags are radical pervs or anything.
Magazines are home to so many niche subcultures, and this is just one of them.
A Tiny Tag Team scan : Battling Girls (1976-05.G.C.London) (TinyTagTeam).cbr
This one won't be going up on my page at the Library at the Internet Archive, eh? We'll just keep this between ourselves, ahem.
Now, if I ever break out the Bad Mags scans, I just *might* have to issue a trigger warning LOL
Contents and Samples, in all their pulpy glory.
It seems a play with dominance and submission, perhaps an integral part of romance. Maybe a little sadomasochism.
Hell, maybe dudes just like to see girls wrestle naked.
Next time on Darwin scans, a more refined destination, I promise 😆