Screw (magazine)

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Editor Al Goldstein
Categories Pornographic men's
Frequency Weekly
First issue 1968
Final issue 2003
Country United States
Language English

Screw was a weekly pornographic tabloid newspaper published in the United States aimed at heterosexual men;[1] according to a statement on the cover, it offered "Jerk-Off Entertainment for Men".[2] It was first published in November 1968[3][4] by Al Goldstein and Jim Buckley (who edited the short-lived "sister" tabloid Gay[5]), and was printed weekly in tabloid form. At its peak, Screw sold 140,000 copies a week.[6] Founder Al Goldstein won a series of nationally significant court cases addressing obscenity.[7]

On May 2, 1969, Screw published the first reference in print to J. Edgar Hoover's sexuality, entitled "Is J. Edgar Hoover a Fag?"[8][9][10]

Screw's most successful issue, published in 1973, contained unauthorized photos of Jacqueline Kennedy nude.[11]

Stripper and erotic performance artist Honeysuckle Divine wrote a column, "Diary of a Dirty Broad", for Screw in 1974.[12] According to Goldstein, her act "was unbelievably disgusting, so naturally, we made her our symbol."[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

The magazine closed in October 2003.[16] A New Screw Review was briefly restarted by former employees in 2005.[17]


  1. ^ Many pages from Screw, including advertisements and classifieds, may be found at and, Retrieved October 19, 2014
  2. ^, retrieved 7/14/2015.
  3. ^ "Defunct or Suspended Magazines, 2003". The Association of Magazine Media. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Newman, Andy. "Al Goldstein, Who Made Porn Dirtier, Dies at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  5. ^ An advertisement for Gay may be seen at, retrieved 11/21/2014.
  6. ^ Ashley West, "Remembering Al Goldstein: A Happy Jew," The Rialto Report, January 5, 2014,, retrieved 10-30-2014.
  7. ^ Frumkes, Roy (2008-12-21). "FIR '08 Stocking Stuffer". Films in Review. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  8. ^ Marc Davis, "The Screw-y, Filthy World of Al Goldstein", Jewniverse, November 18, 2013,, retrieved 11/20/2014.
  9. ^ The article title is on the cover of issue No. 11, May 2, 1969, reproduced at, retrieved 1/15/2015.
  10. ^ Mike Edison, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of —Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers——An American Tale of Sex and Wonder, Soft Skull Press, 2011 ISBN 1593762844,, retrieved 11/21/2014.
  11. ^, retrieved 11/20/2014.
  12. ^ One article, from March 11, 1974, may be seen at, retrieved 07/14/2015.
  13. ^ Will Sloan, "Al Goldstein: The Anti-Hef", , consulted 11/20/2014.
  14. ^ "Goldstein Pays $30,000, Ending Obscenity Trial", New York Times, March 16, 1978.
  15. ^ UPI (1977-04-13). "Wallace Settles with Screw". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  16. ^ Sloan, Will (December 20, 2013). "Al Goldstein: The Anti-Hef". Hazlitt. Random House of Canada. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "The New Screw Review". New York Press. 2005-03-02. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2011.