Thursday, September 12, 2013
From The Musty Yellowed Pages--GLOW Magazine April 1988
Produced independently from any other wrestling publication of the time, GLOW Magazine is a surprisingly well done product. Tons of color, mostly glossy pages, and high-quality photography isn't something that you might expect from this magazine, but it's all here. This particular issue, April 1988, is from later in GLOW's television run but is apparently only the third issue of the magazine. A cross between Mad Maxine and the Road Warriors, the mohawked and painted Beastie is this month's cover girl. This proves that the folks behind GLOW, while obviously interested in marketing the sexier members of their roster, had no problem highlighting the more vicious of the bunch as well. GLOW's top star, Mt. Fiji, was both intimidating and one of the biggest fan favorites of the company. She's featured several times throughout the magazine including a full page color photo with fellow fan favorites Tara The Southern Belle and Debbie Debutante.
While the company was initially exclusive to their own television show, the girls eventually began touring. A two-page full color spread in the magazine announces the GLOW World Premiere Tour which was to begin in January 1988. Towns in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Florida are listed as stops on the tour. By this point, the company was dealing with a lot of new talent which could have made these live shows interesting to say the least.
As mentioned earlier, this was the era of GLOW in which the company was deciding to go on tour. Near the end of the magazine, a GLOW Tour Program page is included with a complete rundown of the live events. All seven matches, participants, and even the intermission are listed here. This does not seem to be a show-specific program and I'm guessing that GLOW ran the same lineup every show. In wrestling, the same house show night after night is not a big deal, but it's the openness of it here is sort of shocking, even twenty-five years later.
The GLOW Magazine issues aren't easy to find, but are worth picking up for a trip back to the neon, spandex, and so-bad-it's-good comedy from all of those crazy Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling!