Kiss Vol. 1 No. 1 April 28, 1969
New York: Kiss, 1969. Softcover folio. 14 ½ x 11 ½ in. Offset on newsprint. Very good with embrittlement and chipping along edges of wrappers, which are separating at fold with tears and loss to corners and edges. Item #5952
The premiere issue of KISS, featuring an R. Crumb center spread of The Adventures of Dicknose, full page R. Crumb comic on verso, and fashion section about and photography of artist and designerm Yayoi Kusama. In this issue, Kusama asks, "What should I wear to this year's crop of important orgies?"
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, the newspaper described by The New York Times as “so counter-cultural 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 The East Village Other and Kiss, published Gay Power and Aquarian Agent. Published weekly, Kiss was the most successful of several spinoffs of The East Village Other. The newspaper featured work by talented and influential countercultural figures, including cartoonists R. Crumb and Kim Deitch and filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Some of the irreverant sexual columns included “Wet Dreams,” “Doctor Hip-pocrates,” and “Inter/course”– a spoof of Andy Warhol’s “Interview” magazine. Kiss ran for only one year; its last issue published in 1970. This collection contains 12 issues.