This illustrated book takes us back to the days when some men used to over compensate their masculinity with powerfull silhouettes, big muscles, overflowing hairs and leather, a lot of shiny leather and sex was sort of carefree. In 1965, Tom of Finland began flirting with the idea of an ongoing character for his panel stories, the ultimate Tom’s Man right from his wet dreams.
When big thick mustaches and muscles was acceptable!
The comic book artist tried out a typical blond guy named Vicky—a common male name in Finland— followed by Jack, a sort of Tarzan-inspired strong man. Then in 1968, Tom settled on Kake*, a dark-haired, mustached leatherman who often wore a tight white T-shirt bearing the motto “Fucker.” Kake lived up to this moniker, a sort of post-Stonewall, hyper-masculine Johnny Appleseed traveling the world on his motorcycle to spread the seeds of liberated, mutually satisfying, ecstatically explicit gay sex. Tom lived out many of his most personal fantasies through the fictional character of Kake, and Kake’s international fans made him the template for what came to be known as the white north american gay look of the 1970s. Between 1968 and 1986, Tom published 26 episodes of Kake adventures, most as 20-page booklets. Tom of Finland – The Complete Kake Comics published by Taschen collects all of these stories in one volume on 704 pages, translated in 3 languages (French, English, German).
1. Stonewall riots happened in Greenwich Vlllage, a neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York (USA) where LGBT+ people used to enjoy going out and having fun. After an arbitrary police raid in a bar, the Stonewall Inn, people stood up for their rights and against police brutality. This event gave birth to the first movements for gay rights then the first gay pride.
2. Johnny Appleseed, real name John Chapman was a missionary of the church whose passion for apples made him convert a big part of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohia, Indiana and Illinois to grow apple trees rather than traditional farming.
* (does the name refer to bukake ?)