Scanlan’s Magazine (Named after an Irish pig farmer) was a short-lived monthly magazine which ran from March 1970 to January 1971. It was started by Warren Hinckle and Sidney Zion. Whether intended or not it became a so-called political muckraking exercise. By 1971 it was boycotted by publishing technicians as Un-American. On Nixon’s orders it was investigated by the FBI and the IRS, which ultimately led to it’s demise after only 8 issues.

Among other things that appeared in Scanlan’s, there was a guide to smuggling pot from Mexico, a take on guerrilla warfare in the U.S and an investigation into rat droppings found in the kitchens of some of New York’s finest eateries.

Circulation hit 150’000 by the magazines demise so there cant be many issues left out there. I have all 8 issues in near perfect, full condition.

Hunter S. Thompson’s connections to this magazine were as follows-

Volume 1 issue 1. The Temptations of Jean Claude Killy. March 1970 Pages 89-100.

Volume 1 issue 4. The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved. June 1970 Pages 1-12.

Volume 1 issue 7.Police Chief the Indispensable Magazine of Law Enforcement. September 1970 Pages 63-66. This article is about the periodical “The Police Chief” and Thompson’s love of weapons. He signs off with the name Raoul Duke (Master of Weaponry) Where all of Thompson Fans know about his writings in Scanlan’s some have missed this one.

Volume 1 issue 8.The Aspen Wallposter Advertisement. January 1971 Page 96.

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  1. Hello,

    Loyal Gonzo fan and Kentuckian. I have been trying to find foreign first editions–rather difficult to find on ebay. Any suggestions of dealers overseas? Are there any bibliographies listing HST foreign translations? (I pick foreign firsts whenever I travel and have noticed that many countries and just starting to publish certain American authors).

    Thanks for your time.

    Joe Bringardner
    Louisville, KY

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