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San Diego: Greenleaf Classics 1971, 1971. First edition. Four volumes, 4to. pp. 191, 192, 208, 143. Original glued illustrated wrappers, printed in green, red, yellow and black. All illustrated throughout. All near-fine with only minimal shelfwear and toning to edges and margins. Near fine A complete set of this rare survey, representing the largest collection of early American erotic comics. These "eight-pagers" as they became known, flourished in the 1930s and quickly faded away. During the height of the popularity they were conceived and distributed entirely surreptitiously, yet they accounted for a multi-million pound business at the height of the Great Depression. These erotic comics were heavily satirical and reflected the changing times in America. They used humorous pornographic parodies of the classic American newspaper comic-strips and movie stars of the time (Mickey Mouse, Popeye, Blondie, Superman, Greta Garbo, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin) and were sharp jabs at the establishment at a time when Hoover and the F.B.I. were the villains and Al Capone and John Dillinger heroes. The publication of these comics can be seen from a popular perspective as the beginning of the anti-establishment ethic of the 1960s. The comics collected here are erotic but not necessarily erotically stimulating: here sex is used as a vehicle rather than an end in itself.
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- Voewood Rare Books (GB)
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- Sex in Comics. A History of the Eight Pagers
- GILMORE, Donald H
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- San Diego: Greenleaf Classics 1971
- Date published
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Simon Finch has been a Rare Book Dealer since 1980. He has had shops in Notting Hill Gate, Mayfair and Holt, Norfolk. His firm has handled a wide variety of material from the First Folio of Shakespeare to the wilder shores of the counterculture and everything in between. In 1998, Simon bought Voewood, one of the finest Arts and Crafts and houses and brought it back to life with an eight-year programme of renovation and restoration. Voewood Rare Books, which operates from Voewood, is the continuation for Simon of a long career in the book trade. It also represents an important link with the House. Voewood is always beautiful, surprising, mysterious and perhaps a little disorientating and we aim to bring something of this spirit to the bookshop. Whilst our focus in on the visual arts, literature and the counter-culture, we deal also in a broad range of antiquarian and modern rare books across all subject areas. Our collection can be found here at Biblio and on our website. We are open by appointment and can always be contacted by email.
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