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The Ring Magazine I enjoy collecting sports memorabilia. I have a large collection of The Ring Magazine, the self-proclaimed Bible of Boxing. I especially love the magazine covers from the 1940s and early 1950s. They were terrific works of art--especially those created by C. R. Scharre! Check out this cover from the December 1952 issue featuring new heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and former champ Jack Dempsey. Founded in 1922, The Ring Magazine is apparently the fourth most collected magazine in America (behind National Geographic, Playboy, and Life).
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Posted by: Classico on 2008-01-17 
It was one my favorite magazines because of the photos and the nostalgia. However, I was troubled by Nat Fleischer's continued insistence that yesteryear's boxers were so much better than today's.

For example, Jack Dempsey refused to fight Black boxers. Therefore, how could he call himself the world's greatest boxer? How could Fleischer suggest that he and others of that era were better than today's heavyweights who are so much bigger and stronger than those of the past?? While he gave much kudos to Jack Johnson for his success, Johnson fought flat footed --- that would make him an easy target for Muhammed Ali's quick jabs!

Still, I credit Fleischer for starting a truly great publication.

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-01-17 
Very impressive knowledge of The RIng Magazine, Classico! I have a few issues dating back to the 1940s. I pull them out of their protective plastic sleeves every once in a while to look through them. The cover art work is always striking, and the nostalgia pieces are terrific.

Indeed, Nat Fleischer was a bit of a stodgy old gent who was locked in a time warp. Hard to imagine he edited The Ring for 50 years, but he did!
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