Brooklyn/Toronto: John Dowd/Art Metropole, 1975. First Edition. Wraps. 4to. Saddle-stapled wraps. Fine condition. Very sharp and clean. 90pp. Fine. Item #21851
Fourth issue of five. Baylin's magazine was conceived as "fanzine" to John Dowd, a "handsome New York leatherman with a physique reminiscent of a 'Tom of Finland' character" who participated in the mag's production and publication (QUEER ZINES, p. 76). In this issue the zine moved toward an almost entirely image-based style comprised of cartoons, ad iconography, and photos of male pornstars and celebrities including Cher, Divine, and Thelonious Monk. The title page states: "In these pages we have attempted to crystallize all the most dynamic details of our day to day experience. To further refine this cosmos we have creased five sections into which are channelled the best of our interests." A more illuminating sentence follows at the bottom of the page: "In the thick of the all to familiar yet loveable KITSCH which affects a maudlin world, it is the nature of our own affliction to expose the fantasies which move us and in doing so somehow touch YOUR lifestyle in the most literal way we know." OCLC locates just five copies.