Mustaches and muscles, Back to the days when men were men and sex was care-free. The Complete Kake Comics collects all of the Kake stories in one volume.
Return with Kake to the days when men were men, sex was carefree, and everyone wore a big thick mustache. In 1968 Tom of Finland created "Kake" as an ongoing character in his panel stories. This dark-haired, mustached leatherman often wore a tight white T-shirt bearing the motto “Fucker.” This hyper-masculine Johnny Appleseed traveled the world on his motorcycle to spread the seeds of liberated, mutually satisfying, ecstatically explicit gay sex. Kake came to be known as the gay clone look of the 1970s. Tom of Finland: The Complete Kake Comics collects all of these stories in one volume. Return with Kake to the days when men were men, sex was carefree, and everyone wore a big thick mustache.
Author: Dian Hanson, The Artist: Touko Laaksonen
Publisher: Taschen Publishing
Length: 704 Pages
The Artist: Touko Laaksonen, the boy who would become Tom of Finland (1920-1991), began drawing cartoons at age five. His favorite subjects were the rough manly men of his native Finland, as Touko knew from an early age that men interested him more than women. His talents were further honed by art study in Helsinki. He found success in the Finnish advertising industry but secretly continued creating his increasingly erotic drawings of hyper-masculine men. In 1957 he submitted some drawings to the American magazine Physique Pictorial and the “Tom of Finland” legend was born. By the late 60s Tom’s “dirty drawings” became the standard for gay art, and Tom’s Men a template for a new gay masculinity. Tom’s art continues to play an important role in promoting self-confidence, positive self-image and openness in the gay community.
Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.