The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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As Elvis mania swept the nation, publishers were eager to produce new material to keep up with a constant demand for new content from the ever-growing fan base. In 1956 and 1957, thousands of articles and publications on Elvis appeared as the press attempted to explain the profound influence Elvis was having on popular music and American culture at the time. Newspapers were dedicating articles and series to this new sensation while publishers were keen to cash in on the craze surrounding this young star and did so by feeding the population’s thirst with a plethora of stories about and images of the musical heart throb. Offered are four (4) early examples of fan publications almost entirely dedicated to this superstar that include:

  • 1956 Elvis and Jimmy magazine featuring both Elvis and Jimmy Dean on the cover. The double feature promises to explore “How it feels to be Elvis” and “The Tragedy and Triumph of Jimmy Dean,” with the first half dedicated to Elvis with nine chapters and a plethora of black-and-white images. The second half is a comic-style story of James Dean that concludes on page 66 of the magazine that measures 10 1/2 by 8 inches (26.67 x 20.32 cm);
  • 1956 Elvis Presley Speaks! magazine by Rave Publishing Company in New York invites you to read his own story in his own words over 66 pages, measuring 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm);
  • 1956 Elvis Presley Magazine published by Bartholomew House in New York and prepared by the editors of TV RADIO MIRROR magazine, with more than 100 pictures, a photo tribute magazine, measuring 10 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches (27.30 x 21.59 cm); and
  • 1957 Elvis Presley: The Intimate Story with 50 black-and-white pages of early stories and photos by Filosa Publications, measuring 8 1/2 by 11 inches (21.59 x 27.94 cm).

In the ’50s Elvis broke societal behavioral norms with his thrusting hips and lulled young girls with his velvety voice, making him the object of detractors and fans alike, both of which had a burning fascination to find out all they could about this extraordinary young man, and publishers were more than happy to provide a supply of endless information. This collection of early fan magazines did just that! The grouping is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The magazines are in good, well-loved condition with a cover tear to "Elvis and Jimmy" and typical surface wear; "Elvis Presley Speaks" has normal surface creases and wear with minor discoloration from age, but overall excellent condition; "Elvis Presley" magazine has ink notations on the cover, minor edge wear and discoloration from age, but overall very good condition; and "Elvis Presley: The Intimate Story" has significant cover and edge wear, creasing, discoloration and toning throughout and ink notations on the cover and interior and some minor paper loss to the lower right corner of the reverse.
Group of Four 1950s Elvis Presley Fan Magazines Including <em>Elvis Presley Speaks</em>
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $250.00
Estimate: $300 - $500
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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