Illustrated by Tom of Finland
Undated c. early 1970s
Rare early copy: Kake getting into his usual hijinks with a TV repairman and a customer at his service station.
5 1/4" x 8," 40 pages on heavyweight textured paper, in very good condition.
When Touko Laaksonen, known as Tom of Finland, began drawing thickly muscled and amazingly endowed men in the 1950s, his artwork was illegal in many places. Anti-gay censorship laws meant he and his collectors could be (and sometimes were) imprisoned for owning same-sex erotica.
But over the course of his 60-plus year artistic career, Tom of Finland changed the way the world views gay masculinity and sexuality and inspired generations of queer artists.