Kiss, Vol. 1, No. 13, 1969
New York: Kiss, 1969. Softcover folio. (14 ½ x 11 ½ in.) 20pp. Offset on newsprint. Very minor wear; near fine. Item #5201
Issue No. 13 of the underground paper Kiss. Includes two full-page illustrations by Robert [R.] Crumb.
Kiss was an adult magazine founded in 1969 by Joel Fabricant, Dean Latimer and Peter Mikalajunas, who had all worked at The East Village Other [EVO], the newspaper described by the New York Times as “so countercultural that it made The Village Voice look like a church circular.” Joel Frabricant was a central figure of underground publishing in New York, and along with EVO and Kiss, published Gay Power and Aquarian Agent. Published weekly, Kiss was the most successful of several spinoffs of East Village Other, and often featured work by talented and influential countercultural figures including cartoonists R. Crumb and Kim Deitch, and filmmaker Kenneth Anger. As a sex paper, the content is heavy on nude photos, erotic fiction, and irreverent sexual columns. Regular columns included “Wet Dreams,” “Doctor Hip-pocrates,” and “Inter/course”-a spoof of Andy Warhol’s “Interview” magazine. The magazine ran for one year, its last issue published in 1970.