FHM was more than a place for hot women (although it had plenty of those), but they had some genuinely interesting articles and good monthly features. Looks like Maxim is about to corner the market.
"That's the thing: Maybe he'll be up and down this season, but when he's up, is there another center in the league quite like him? He protects the rim, passes out of double teams, has great hands around the basket, up-fakes on his jump-hooks, rebounds in traffic, even has a motor that keeps going and going (unlike a stiff like Eddy Curry). I'm not sure what's missing here. This is stunning. This is startling. There's almost no precedent for it. Just what the Lakers needed: More obscenely good luck. Meanwhile, I have to watch Al Jefferson whip jump-hooks off the front of the rim for the third straight season. I will now pour scalding hot water down my pants." -Bill Simmons on Andrew Bynum (11/08/06)
Can't say as I'm all that surprised. The American versions of these magazines are really shitty. Go get the Brit versions and see for yourself.
FHM and MAXIM are worthless without the 20 pages devoted to drunken soccer players 20 pages devoted to drunken european D-list celebs and 40 pages devoted to topless photos of Jordan, Abi Titmuss or Cat Deeley.
I just picked up the first six issues (Book One) of this series. I found it a somewhat interesting read, but was sort of annoyed when I joked with the guy who sold it to me "Claremont's writing it, how long until the Shi'Ar make an appearance?