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Tom of Finland: Volume 1: Comic Collection 1 Hardcover – 25 Mar 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Taschen 25 - special ed edition (25 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836524864
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836524865
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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I bought this book primarily because I loved the book design element of the reversible cover (I was also aware of Tom Of Finland's paintings).

The hilarious thing about the reversible cover is that the content is so graphic in it's depiction of relentless sex scenes that the subterfuge of the cover would never last a second, it remains a very cool design element though because of it's playing with the sentiment.

The first five seconds of reading the book are shocking because the action is so sexually graphic. It takes a while, however, to acclimatise and realise that Tom of Finland's strips work in exactly the same way that all other entertaining comic strips work. Popeye is a sailor therefore he has big arms, nautical tattoos and travels the world fighting people and in Tom of Finland's world the characters are blue collar men who live in a sexual utopia of equality, affection and mutual willingness to engage in hard sex all of the time, a utopia that even as a straight man, seems perfect. Everyone is in perfect shape because they have sex all of the time. There are no power imbalances unless they are there for comedic reasons, everyone is happy and engaging in mutual pleasure and the action often has elements of affection and tenderness rather than being mechanical. Everyone in Tom of Finland's world is, sexually, having a great time.

From then on there are set-ups and punchlines like there are in other comic strips, often with an ironic or comedic twist to the story and in the same way that all comedic comic strips are a product of the world of the characters and the set up of the specific strip, these are no exception.
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Once again Taschen have excelled themselves with this fantastic volume featuring the comics of Tom of Finland. The hardback cover includes gold lettering and two wonderful Tom of Finland illustrations on the front and back covers. But here's the amazing part - the cover jacket is reversible and so if you don't want anyone knowing the identity of the book on your shelf, just reverse the cover and it will show Smiths Wealth of Nations Volume 1. And what a wealth of Tom's artwork can be found inside the book. Each page features a plate taken from Tom's comics and beautifully reproduced on heavy stock gloss paper with the black and white artwork coloured with sepia. The book includes an introduction to Touko Laaksonen, otherwise known as Tom of Finland, and reproduces an unpublished 1946 comic beautifully coloured along with Kake 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, Beach Boys 1 and 2 and Jack 1 to 3.
Anyone who knows the artwork of Tom of Finland will want to include this first volume in their collection. Alternatively, it is a great first look at the homo-erotic art of Tom which has given untold people joy over the decades.
A warning - if you are offended by gay artwork then maybe this book is not for you. Alternatively, it would make a great gift for a gay friend and it is at a very acceptable price on Amazon
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 3 May 2013
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This volume reprints twelve of Tom of Finland's comic-book stories (as opposed to pin-ups, etc.), including one previously unpublished colour comic, along with an Introduction by the editor giving Tom's biographical details.

The Contents are -
P006: Introduction
P020: Unpublished (colour comic from 1946)
P038: Kake #1 -The Intruder (1968)
P058: Kake #3 - C*ck-Hungry Cops (1968)
P078: Kake #5 - Punishment (1970)
P100: Kake #7 - Tea Room Odyssey [though `cottaging' would be the appropriate British title] (1970)
P122: Kake #8 - Hi-Jacked (1971)
P142: Kake #10 - Raunchy Truckers (1971)
P162: Beach Boys #1 (1971)
P184: Beach Boys #2 (1971)
P206: Jack of the Jungle #1 - The White Hunter (1971)
P226: Jack of the Jungle #2 - R*pe of the Jungle Giant (1972)
P248: Jack of the Jungle #3 - Jungle Seafood (1972)

Note that I have added a few asterisks to spare Amazon's blushes... Note also that the Introduction is only four pages in English as there are German and French-language versions also. Each story is 20 pages, plus cover, except the unpublished one, which is only 16 pages. For those of you unfamiliar with Tom's comics, each page is a single panel, reproduced here at half-size - at least my copies of the individual Jack of the Jungle comics are printed as A4; other editions may have differed. As to the content of the stories, the titles listed above tell you exactly what to expect - they depict various numbers of men happily and graphically engaging in what nowadays would be called unsafe sex, so enter at your peril.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good yet disappointing... 12 April 2011
By Todd C. Spears - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to say this was a rather disappointing release of his work. If you are a fan and already purchase The Complete Kake Comics (which most of his fans have) then you already have over half of the book. It's kind of frustrating how his estate is going about releasing his more obscure work in bits and pieces with large chunks of previously published works we already have. Here is a list of the contents -

Introduction (pretty much the same one as in The Complete Kake Comics)
A very early strip (short and previously unpublished)
Kake (numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 10)
Beach Boys (numbers 1 & 2)
Jack (the jungle series, numbers 1, 2, 3)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early gay comics 20 May 2013
By Squirr-El - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This volume reprints twelve of Tom of Finland's comic-book stories (as opposed to pin-ups, etc.), including one previously unpublished colour comic, along with an Introduction by the editor giving Tom's biographical details.

The Contents are -
P006: Introduction
P020: Unpublished (colour comic from 1946)
P038: Kake #1 -The Intruder (1968)
P058: Kake #3 - C*ck-Hungry Cops (1968)
P078: Kake #5 - Punishment (1970)
P100: Kake #7 - Tea Room Odyssey [though `cottaging' would be the appropriate British title] (1970)
P122: Kake #8 - Hi-Jacked (1971)
P142: Kake #10 - Raunchy Truckers (1971)
P162: Beach Boys #1 (1971)
P184: Beach Boys #2 (1971)
P206: Jack of the Jungle #1 - The White Hunter (1971)
P226: Jack of the Jungle #2 - R*pe of the Jungle Giant (1972)
P248: Jack of the Jungle #3 - Jungle Seafood (1972)

Note that I have added a few asterisks to spare Amazon's blushes... Note also that the Introduction is only four pages in English as there are German and French-language versions also. Each story is 20 pages, plus cover, except the unpublished one, which is only 16 pages. For those of you unfamiliar with Tom's comics, each page is a single panel, reproduced here at half-size - at least my copies of the individual Jack of the Jungle comics are printed as A4; other editions may have differed. As to the content of the stories, the titles listed above tell you exactly what to expect - they depict various numbers of men happily and graphically engaging in what nowadays would be called unsafe sex, so enter at your peril.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I am BIG Tom of Finland fan, but this book is a let down. 18 July 2012
By Monty Britton - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember getting horned up looking at the VERY explicit comics of Tom of Finland back in the '80s. I loved those over sized magazine type comics. They were more fun than Playgirl ever could be. The hot and very overly endowed men that graced the pages of Tom of Finland were my dream/fantasy men. The comics were very explicit in nature where as the ones in this book are not as hardcore. It is still a good book, but would have liked to have seen his "harder" drawings. These seem soft porn over the hard porn I was used to. But this is one heavy duty hard back book filled with his drawings. Just wanted more squirtin and gushin out of these studs. Guess I will keep lookin...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom of Finland fans will be pleased.. 22 May 2011
By J. Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice little collection of Tom's "Kake " series of comic strips.Tom of Finland's work does several things:He showed that gay men can be masculine in their own way,but twists expectations about what it means to be masculine also,and shows tenderness even in rather rough sexual encounters(kissing is usually a part of every scene).That said there are some very questionable aspects to Tom's work such as the Black men in his strips look almost identical to each other(that seems racist to me) and some might find the uniformed police officers threatening not sexy.However,it's important to remember these are Tom's fantasies so they tell the reader something about him and the fact that they are not heavily filtered gives them a certain honesty that is lacking in some other gay erotic art.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit the BUY button and get it on it's way to your box. 28 Oct. 2013
By John Henry Haggard - Published on Amazon.com
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Do not even think twice, hit the BUY button and get it on it's way to your box...... Any man who is a fan of Tom of Finland must buy this book. The price is a pittance for the quality of this book. Buy it used, buy it new, but buy it, even if you already own "The Art of Pleasure" and XXL. Make sue to also check out the other companion edition of this book of comics. Simply more TOF at his very best. Buy more than one copy, I guarantee you your friends will wear yours out.
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