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Tom of Finland: The Complete Kake Comics (German, English and French Edition) (German) Paperback – April 1, 2008


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About the Author

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 is TASCHEN's sexy book editor. As a 25-year veteran of men's magazine publishing, she edited titles including Puritan, Oui, Outlaw Biker, Juggs, and Leg Show. Her many books for TASCHEN include Vanessa del Rio: 50 Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior and R. Crumb's Sex Obsessions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 703 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: German, English, French
  • ISBN-10: 3836502909
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836502900
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Heng on June 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wish it were in its original release size and not thick digest form.
Otherwise a comprehensive collection of Tom's work.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Metalsmith on October 4, 2008
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For openers, the material is well drawn and EXTREMELY exciting. This set of fantasies will set your fantasy engine on fire, and the printing is very nearly perfect with some breakup of electronically transmitted images seen as acute jaggies in the close-up pages. The paper is excellent; hi-clay art stock of sufficient weight to hold the large black areas without show-through.

Why only three stars? Two MAJOR flaws:

1) The book is too heavy and bulky to be held for easy (lustful) reading. The publisher would have done everyone a favor had each "Volume" been printed separately ( as in the originals) and then gathered into a single sleeve to show the "weight" of the publication. This may not bother collectors, but for those of us looking to resurrect years gone by, this volume is just too much for weakened old wrists.

2) The title is "The Complete Kake Comics". The collection --- isn't! "Beachboys", and what others are missing?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Moreno on September 13, 2008
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He transforms a sexual inclination into a concrete visual image. Many of them together to express a cohesive whole. It is very erotic, and I think should be erotic for just about anyone... I'm biased. Compelling, inspired, and high quality work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GaryTucson on February 17, 2009
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It's SO nice to finally have all of the Kake comics in one volume. For me, the size of the book is perfect - easy to hold and great artwork reproduction. The overall quality is great. I have been a fan of Tom of Finland for decades and really enjoy having so much of his work coming out in comprehensive volumes like this one. I highly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, is a fan of this art genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bartolomé Mesa on October 12, 2008
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Seems to me, with due respect, that some people may complaint a bit too much. I have just bought a copy from a bookstore, where (and I was happily surprised by it) it was displayed on the new releases table without wrapping, as it should, for anyone to sample it. This is the intensely erotic and higly personal work of a fascinating artist, regardless of what selfrighteous and hypocritical bigots may still claim. I happen to like the size, it is big enough to appreciate this one-drawing-a-page series and, let's face it, Tom's artwork looks sharper and, in my opinion, better, a little bit reduced from its original size. The quality of the paper is first class and the not so little and thick book feels great on your hands and good enough to eat. The price is ridiculously cheap. So thanks Taschen!. Keep on the good work.
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