New York: Milky Way Productions, 1968-1970. Softcover folio. 17 ½ x 11 ½ in. Offset on newsprint. Mostly very good to near fine, some issues with embrittlement and closed tears. Item #4785
The first one hundred issues of Screw magazine, the influential pornographic counterculture magazine known for its interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, its publication of the nude photographs of Jackie O., and its open speculation on the sexuality of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
Screw began publishing in November 1968 and remained in print until going bankrupt in October 2003. A weekly pornographic newspaper aimed at heterosexual men, it launched co-publisher Al Goldstein to fame via a number of national obscenity cases and his rolodex of enemies, most notably J. Edgar Hoover. In fact, Screw magazine is known for publishing the first reference in print to Hoover's sexuality, a topic that remains shrouded in rumor and secrecy.
The magazine was a paean to the free press and featured writing and pictorials relating to pornography, sexually transmitted infections, escort services, fetishes, adult entertainment stores, and myriad other sex-related topics. Its top-selling issue was published in 1973 and featured frontally nude photos of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, selling more than a half-million copies.