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Tom of Finland: Boxed Set v. 5 [Hardcover]

Dian Hanson
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1 Jun 2005 Boxed Set
The Comic Collection is the only compilation of Tom of Finland's popular panel stories. Each of five 192-page volumes features eight or more complete stories, including all twenty-seven episodes of Kake, Tom's infamous ultimate leatherman. The stories are arranged chronologically in books sized to fit perfectly in one hand, with the whole set appropriately housed in a black ?leather? display box. For boys who like boys who like art, this attractive package is not to be missed.

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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Box Slp edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3822838497
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822838495
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 11.1 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dian Hanson was born in Seattle, Washington, November 2, 1951. A hippie and high school drop out, she moved east at age 20, first to Oxford, Mississippi, then Allentown, Pennsylvania, finally settling in New York City in 1976 to work on the sex magazine Puritan. Over the next 25 years she edited magazines including Partner, Oui, Adult Cinema Review, Harvey, Hooker, Juggs and Leg Show. She founded the magazines Outlaw Biker, Hawgs, Big Butt, Bust Out and Tight. In 1993 Hanson became friends with Benedikt Taschen, and in 2001 she finally agreed to leave sex magazines and take over the Sexy Book division of TASCHEN Publishing. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Geoff Nicholson.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The adventures of Kake and friends 24 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Tom of Finland is probably the most famous of gay erotica artists and this title is a good example of why. It includes a good number of Tom's comic book adventures, including all 26 Kake episodes and a handful of others. The presentation is stunning: five little books kept in a little box, with fantastic design. Although some of the stories are quite violent, most show Tom's talent for drawing and his mix of humour and sex at their best - I even got a couple of new favourites. My only regret is that it is a compilation rather than a "complete collection".
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1.0 out of 5 stars What's next...Tom POSTAGE STAMPS! 5 Aug 2005
By Wayne Randall Morrison - Published on
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What the heck is wrong with the people at TASCHEN and the Tom of Finland Foundation anyway!?!? It's praiseworthy indeed to perserve and protect erotic artwork, but why allow it to be REDUCED to the size of a postage stamp?

The coolest feature about the ART OF PLEASURE (the ORIGINAL ONE, that is) was the fact that FINALLY someone had published a book of Tom's illustrations that reproduced them LARGE enough to appreciate the DETAIL and thus the GENIUS of this man's art. So, last year they shrink down the size of the re-released ART OF PLEASURE, and THIS YEAR they publish this ridiculously TINY comic(al) collection!

This is a crying SHAME! ALL these cool illustrations, many not seen in 20-30 years, have been reduced to POSTCARD PROPORTIONS...what a sad insult this is to the memory of the greatest erotic artist of all time!

Recently, some of this artwork became available in single volumes, in the traditional 8.5 x 11 magazine why in the heck did anyone feel the need to collect and then SHRINK Tom of Finland's wonderful artwork down to this limp little compilation?

This is the 21st Century - there is NO LONGER any need to make these books so TINY that they can be easily hidden in the corner of someone's CLOSET!

If you can't do it right, STOP DOING IT!!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By John J. Schauer - Published on
I can't agree with most of the niggling in other reviews about this set. The images are beautifully reproduced in crystalline detail, many of them in rich duo-tones, and the binding is a beautiful black leatherette with rich-looking gold-foil lettering and line images. The small size is no drawback, either-it gives a jewel-like aura to the whole set, and while some previous collections (such as one I first purchased in the 1980s) used an 8-1/2 by 11 format, they also reproduced four panels to a page, so that the actual pictures were no larger (and considerably less well reproduced).

HOWEVER, in comparing this set with previous ones, I noticed that where the original drawings had no distinct boundaries, the pages here are circumscribed by a hairline box, which results in the images being "cropped"-that is, a small amount of the drawing on each side is cut off. In most cases the overall effect is not too damaging, but there are images of group scenes in which what had been full figures are reduced to merely a hand or a nose. Considering that this is presumably meant to be a "definitive" publication of all of Tom's cartoons, I'm amazed that the Tom of Finland Foundation would permit this sort of trimming.

That being said, I must add that overall I think they did a beautiful job, and the price is very modest for a collection of this quality.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars right on! 31 Aug 2005
By Grumpy Reader - Published on
The other review says it all. Just want to add that I notice Amazon doesn't bother to put the books' dimensions into the Product Details. Hmmmm, I wonder why . . .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's NOT a quality collection 20 Feb 2006
By Curious George Backyardigan - Published on
This is REALLY sub-par work. There are so many errors in the text that a corrected version is rumored to be coming, and there are more "mizsphelings" than one of Durk's emails! One recent customer review, also peppered with misspellings (so wonder who wrote THAT one, Mr. D.D.) sings the praises of this volume and suggests that because ANOTHER reviewer who panned the collection also sells it on ebay, it should not be criticized...BULL.

If the Tom of Finland Foundation is gonna make a buck on this dreadful collection, why shouldn't others! The illustrations are TINY and the text is BORING! It's VERY "old school" and irrelevant. The price is CHEAP because the collection is cheaply done and it is insulting to the artistry and memory of Tom of Finland. These illustrations are SMALLER than post cards, so unless you like to do your one-handed reading with a magnifying glass, pass this one up. It's just a mess.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic best buy for the buck! Buy it now! 29 Dec 2005
By William Norton - Published on
This is a best buy and Amazon's price is most favorable when compared with other retailers. It should be noted that some of the authors of complaints about this book sold copies of it on e-bay for over $60 before Amazon got stock in. If they did not like the book, why did they sell it at competing sites? The larger versions mentioned went for $20 each story, so to purchase a collection of this size it would be well over $500 and out of the price range of most.

Now as to the content. The repros are the best I have seen in awhile and I own the 8.5" x 11" copies reffred to by most other reviewers. In addition not all the books were ever released at the so called larger size. "Beach Boys" , for example, was only slightly larger that the size of this edition. So do not be fooled by some of the other reviews. Again I know because I either own or have read originals on most of the contents. Also note that the size reflects what these books really are, namely Gay "Tiahuana Bibles" (sic). This was the term used to refer to straight material of the same nature in the early part of the last century. As such the size is that of the average "bible". In fact in many cases it is somewhat larger.

The Media is an excellent choice, soft pliable, thread reinforced, spine which will not wear easily desipte the heavy reading these books will get. The paper is gloss stock heavy bond which also shoul wear well. The covers or synthetic, so they will not stain easily or tear.

All in all better stock than the originals and highly doubtful that you will see a better edition any time soon.

A side note, if this material is of interest to you buy it now. Print runs on this stuff tend to be rather low and 2nd editions tend to be rare. If you want it buy it or risk paying 10x more in a year on ebay.
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