Screw (magazine)

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Editor Al Goldstein
Categories Pornographic men's
First issue 1968
Country United States
Language English

Screw is a weekly pornographic tabloid newspaper published in the United States aimed at heterosexual men. It was first published in November 1968[1] by Al Goldstein and Jim Buckley and was printed weekly in tabloid form. Founder Al Goldstein won a series of nationally significant obscenity cases.[2]

In 1974, Goldstein and Buckley were charged with 12 counts of obscenity in a federal court in Kansas. The case dragged on for three years through two trials and was finally settled when Goldstein agreed to pay a $30,000 fine.[3]

In 1977, Alabama Governor George Wallace sued Screw for $5 million for publishing the claim that he had learned to perform sexual acts from reading the magazine. The two parties settled for $12,500, and Screw agreed to print an apology.[4]

The magazine closed in 2003.[5] As of 2011, the magazine was no longer owned by Goldstein, having been restarted by his former employees in 2005.[6] Goldstein died in December 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b Newman, Andy. "Al Goldstein, Who Made Porn Dirtier, Dies at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Frumkes, Roy (2008-12-21). "FIR ’08 Stocking Stuffer". Films in Review. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Goldstein Pays $30,000, Ending Obscenity Trial", New York Times, March 16, 1978.
  4. ^ UPI (1977-04-13). "Wallace Settles with Screw". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Sloan, Will (December 20, 2013). "Al Goldstein: The Anti-Hef". Hazlitt. Random House of Canada. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "The New Screw Review". New York Press. 2005-03-02. Retrieved 11 August 2011.