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Mob Candy
Mob Candy
Mob Candy July 2007.jpg
First issue, July 2007
EditorTyrone Christopher
CategoriesMen's magazines
Frequency6 issues annual
Total circulation1 million plus
Year founded2007
First issueJuly 2007
Country United States

Mob Candy is an American magazine promoting the Mafia lifestyle.[1] The magazine is subtitled "The Underworld Magazine of Mafia Politics, Pleasures and Power". It is targeted towards males aged 18 to 35 years.[2]

Publication history

The idea for the magazine came from a meeting between Tyrone Christopher, a graphic designer, and Frank DiMatteo, a former magazine publisher and distributor. The two developed the idea of a glossy magazine about Italian-American Mafia culture. The name of the magazine comes from a line of mafia-inspired clothing owned by the founders [1][2]

DiMatteo himself claims to have been brought up "in the life", and has been quoted as saying, "When I was a young guy I ran around with some people known to have a lot of contacts, let's put it that way." his father Richard Dimatteo was bodyguard to Larry Gallo boss of the Gallo's[3]

Crime author and reputed former mobster Sonny Girard has been enlisted as one of the magazine's regular writers. He was also a consultant on such mob-related media as the film Mickey Blue Eyes.[4]

Editorial direction

Editor-in-chief Tyrone Christopher has said that the magazine will feature talks with "legendary mafia" in prison about pop culture topics such as "what they think about Paris Hilton, hip-hop, government, Obama, a woman president."[2] The magazine has been called the "Maxim for wiseguys".[1] Christopher himself has described his editorial philosophy on the magazine as "if The Rat Pack were a magazine, that magazine would be Mob Candy."[5]


Even before the publication of its first issue, the magazine was a target for criticism, largely from the Italian American community, some of whom felt the magazine stereotyped Italian American culture, while others felt that the magazine's "Staten Island flavor" gave the New York borough a bad name.[1]

Some also felt the magazine glorified criminality.[6] The first issue featured a fold-out poster of John Gotti, a profile of crime boss Carlo Gambino, and a feature called "50 Years of Rats", criticizing mob informers such as Joe Valachi and "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Spencer, Peter. (2007). "New magazine highlights gangster lifestyle". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved July 8, 2007
  2. ^ a b c Heifetz, Laurie. (2007). "Mob Mag Makes Move on Newstands" Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. Radar Online. Retrieved July 10, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Dominguez, Robert (2007). "Subscribing to 'the life' magazine". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 8, 2007.
  4. ^ Christophers, Nick. (2007). "New York Author/Goodfella Penning His Way". Retrieved July 8, 2007.
  5. ^ "Mobsters at the Maidstone: The Hood Heads East" Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. The Beach.
  6. ^ Fox News. "Magazine About the Mob Debuts". Fox 5 New York. Retrieved July 8, 2007.

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