Scanlan's Monthly

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Scanlan's Monthly
Editor Warren Hinckle III and Sidney Zion
Frequency Monthly
First issue March 1970 (1970-March)
Final issue January 1971
Country United States

Scanlan's Monthly was a short-lived monthly publication, which ran from March 1970 to January 1971. Edited by Warren Hinckle III and Sidney Zion, it featured politically controversial muckraking and was ultimately subject to an investigation by the FBI during the Nixon administration. It was boycotted by printers as "un-American" by 1971. According to the publishers more than 50 printers refused to handle the January 1971 special issue Guerilla War in the USA because it appeared to be promoting domestic terrorism. The issue was finally printed in Quebec and in a German translation in Stuttgart (Guerilla-Krieg in USA, Deutsche Verlagsanstalt 1971).

Scanlan's is best-remembered for featuring several articles by Hunter S. Thompson, and especially for what is considered the first instance of gonzo journalism, Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved". Thompson's articles from this period are collected with others in The Great Shark Hunt.

In the magazine, its name was described as being that of a "universally despised Irish pig farmer".

The "Guerrilla Issue" also included a picture of President Nixon having lunch with a group of business men. The caption identified each of the individuals and enumerated each one's alleged criminal record. This was the primary reason for the enmity that ensued in Washington. That particular issue was eventually printed by a small Quebec (Canada) company.

It is also remembered for its catchy subscription-ad slogan adapted from Finley Peter Dunne's Mister Dooley, "You Trust Your Mother But You Cut the Cards."[1]

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  1. ^ E.g., pg. 3, Scanlan's, August 1970