|Ken G. Murray, circa 1950s|
|Adam, Vol.2, No.1, March 1947|
|Adam, Vol.7, No.1, July 1949|
Adam is best-remembered for its exciting, action-packed cover illustrations, many of which were illustrated by the doyens of Australian comic book art, including Peter Chapman, Phil Belbin, and Hart Amos, to name but a few. The covers alternated between noir-style crime tableaux, men battling the elements, or fending off wild creatures in exotic locales, ranging from tropical jungles to the deep blue seas.
|Adam, Vol.10, No.1, March 1954|
The austere production values of the magazine's early years steadily gave way to glossy interior pages, and full-colour cartoons during the 1950s and early 1960s. Adam, along with K.G. Murray's other men's magazines, featured ever-more daring "girlie" pin-ups, as the bikini-clad starlets of the 1950s and 1960s gave way to semi-naked female models by the early 1970s, appearing in provocative shoots that wouldn't have looked out of place in Playboy magazine.
|Adam, Vol.47, No.2, July 1969|
(Photograph of Kenneth G. Murray courtesy of Perisher Historical Society; Cover images of Adam magazine courtesy of Rare Book Collection, Monash University Library.)