Third update for the Realist Archive Project, and it is a doozy. Just from the 1961 issue alone, we have Lenny Bruce making condom jokes, An American Nazi Leader arguing with Paul Krassner about his scummy liberal paper, and a short piece (no pun intended) about a grown man wanting to have foreskin surgically applied to his life-long circumsized penis. The article includes this sharp graphic:
ITEM NUMBER ONE:
Issue Number 27 (click to read)
Lenny Bruce on rubs, diaphrams, rubbers, and balloons. An interview with Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party (a real stunner, if you ask me) - and a negative thinking column by Robert Anton Wilson entitled, "Is Capitalism a Revealed Religion?" Also: a letter from Caryl Chessman (Caryl who?click for info - the letter was written three weeks before Chessman's 1960 execution) and finally, the debut of reporter William Worthy to the Realist ranks. And to top it off, there's also a piece on Socialized Medicine, for you Michael Moore SICKO freaks. June, 1961.
ITEM NUMBER ONE: Issue Number 60(click to read)
They have the great play on words right there on the front cover: Norman Mailer on LBJ and Paul Krassner on LSD (Can you guess who had the better time? Seriously, the only way Mailer could have had an equivalent evening is if, as the old joke goes, "LBJ is spanish for blow job") This is the famous issue where Krassner's drug hymen is broken wide open with acid. He falls for LSD, and he falls hard, baby! Read all about it. Also an incredibly interesting seven-page comic book story by Dick Guindon which includes, among other sights, a sort of Medicare-Man superhero. Guindon's story will appeal to the Michael Moore addicts mentioned above. Watch out though, Medicare-Man likes to toss the elderly out of windows. June, 1965.
It is great to read Norman Mailer's piece on Johnson, blow-job puns aside. By the way, that's "el B.J." for those left a little confused with the above LBJ joke. One of my favorites either way. Anyway, to celebrate Norman Mailer's first appearance in the Realist Archive, here's a Youtube clip of him very viciously fighting a hammer-wielding young Rip Torn on the set of 1970s Moonstone. Be advised, though: This clip is seriously very creepy and frightening.
Pardon the Norman Mailer tangent, back to the Realist Archive:
ITEM NUMBER THREE:
Issue Number 82 (click to read)
Oh man. You want history? Screw the New York Times, with its "All the News That's Fit to Print" or The Nation claiming to offer "Unconventional Wisdom Since 1865" - show me a publication directly responsible for one of the largest riots in American history, and THEN I'll agree you have something. The Yippies were the genius brainchild of Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner and Jerry Rubin, blending heavy McCluhan media theory with sex, drugs and politics into "a grass leaves movement". Krassner has stated that the name Yippie simply applied a title to something that already existed - that being a politically motivated and authority bating hippie - but the Yippies were something very special. There isn't enough space here to really write my feelings on this subject, but suffice it to say the Yippies and their involvement with Chicago is one of the principle reasons I'm interested in archiving the Realist. This issue is incredible. Like Babe Ruth pointing up to the stands and indicating a homerun before swinging, the first page of Issue 82 proudly declares "THE YIPPIES ARE GOING TO CHICAGO" - This is one of the rarest of opportunities: the chance to read about a major news event before it happened. Read two lengthy columns on preparation, one by Jerry Rubin, the other by Abbie Hoffman. And when you're bored WITH ALL THAT, read about the prosthetic penis meeting the artificial vagina by Krassner and John Francis Putnam, among other great jokes and articles. See more about Putnam below. printed date of September, 1968. Publication date likely earlier to time August DNC Convention.
Also note the previous and equally important issue #81, "The Digger Papers".
ITEM NUMBER FOUR:
The 1963 Realist "FUCK COMMUNISM!" Poster (click to view)
The history doesn't stop, folks. Screw MAD Magazine, with its limp and indecisive "What Me Worry?" poster, or the National Geographic giving me some wall-sized map of Peru. For my bedroom wallspace, show me an opinion, and make it strong. In 1963 Paul Krassner collaborated with John Francis Putnam to create just that - a combination of the words FUCK and COMMUNISM, making it into a screen printed poster that would get a number of people in trouble for just displaying it. It was also one of the most successful things the Realist ever created, earning the paper enough money to send a correspondent to Vietnam, among other things. I've thought all week about a comparable phrase, by today's taboo standards, and the best I can come up with is CUNT AL QUEDA! but somehow it doesn't have the same ring or punch to it at all. There's a reason. The Realist was a true original and this poster is just one of the great reasons why. The puritan and paranoid climate that made FUCK COMMUNISM the perfect brain-twisting joke no longer exists (or does it?), but we can still marvel at the beauty of Putnam's typography and the joy of, after a long day's work, just saying, "dammit, just FUCK COMMUNISM" you know?
THANKS - See you again on August 15 - Ethan
p.s. Rest In Peace
Tom Snyder and Ingmar Bergman.
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16 2007 - Two Items
Item Number One:
Users are Losers
COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #18
"USERS ARE LOSERS" (1970)
New issue of Comics With Problems posted, and it is a
great anti-drug guilt trip from 1970, California.
Emphasis here is on trusting cops and doctors, narcing on friends, and to beware
"FAR OUT THOUGHTS!" (That's an actual quote, see Page Eight) -- Included is a bonus illustrated
chart for properly identifying drugs before trying them
out, I mean ...before ruining all hope in life.
The Good Chart
illustrations and a good "pot cracks your forehead, makes
your neck snap in half" kind of message. I enjoyed the stated permissive use of housewife drugs, like barbiturates. ("You get them from a doctor, see") AND PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL COMEDY, NOTE the medical use of meth as a cure for bedwetting! (That's on the chart, Page 14) ... No surprise here that you get the depressing and expected saw of "no proven medical value" of non-addictive
pain-relieving pot. Interesting acknowledgement that LSD has some minimal medical value, though -- though it doesn't indicate what use, and misses the chance to mention acid is one of the only known cures for alcoholism. [This is true, or was, until we outlawed its use by therapists] Anyway, One of the earliest uses of the airtight
phrase, Users are Losers, we have 1970s "USERS
ARE LOSERS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DRUG ABUSE". Our
18th issue. Comics With Problems is now legal.
Number Two: Poodle Update
ONE HUNDRED NEW IMAGES / EIGHT NEW LOOPS
Hundred new images added to the Bonus Features in the Poodle
batch of images contains some really good moments - particularly Condoleeza Rice lurching forward
like a zombified nazi. Whenever Poodle has screened that has been the first
big laugh from the audience.