Scanlan's Monthly

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Scanlan's Monthly
EditorWarren Hinckle III and Sidney Zion
PublisherScanlan's Literary House
First issueMarch 1970 (1970-March)
Final issue
January 1971
CountryUnited States

Scanlan's Monthly was a short-lived monthly publication which ran from March 1970[1] to January 1971.[1] The publisher was Scanlan's Literary House.[2] 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.[1] 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). The magazine produced a total of eight issues during its existence.[3]

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".[1]

The September 1970 issue included an editorial entitled, "Nixon And The Bums", with an accompanying picture of President Nixon having lunch with a group of construction union leaders who attended the so-called White House Hard Hat Luncheon.[4] [5] The editorial identified each of the individuals and enumerated each one's alleged criminal record. To advertise the issue, Scanlan's ran two full-page ads in the New York Times which were noticed by the White House. This was the primary reason for the enmity that ensued in Washington.[6][7][8]

It is also remembered for its catchy subscription-ad slogan adapted from Finley Peter Dunne's Mr. Dooley, "You Trust Your Mother But You Cut the Cards."[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Hunter S. Thompson in Scanlans Magazine". HST Books. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Product Details". Amazon. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Scanlan's Monthly". SVA Library Picture and Periodicals Collection. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Nixon Meets Heads Of 2 City Unions; Hails War Support". The New York Times. 27 May 1970. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ Corruption and racketeering in the New York City construction industry : final report to Governor Mario M. Cuomo (PDF). New York University Press. 1990. p. 55. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  6. ^ Kidd, Paul (14 Sep 1970). "Magazine revives lost art of muck racking". Vol. 55, no. 50. Medicine Hat News. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ Dean, John (1976). Blind Ambition. ISBN 9781504041003.
  8. ^ "NIXON AND THE BUMS. AN EDITORIAL". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  9. ^ E.g., p. 3, Scanlan's, August 1970

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