Screw, vol. 1 no. 5
New York: Screw, 1969. Offset on newsprint. 11 x 16 1/2 in. Very good. Item #5997
Vol. 1, no. 5 of Screw magazine. Early and rare issue of this extraordinarily influential sex paper. Features Jackie Kennedy Onassis on the cover, whose nude photographs Screw would later publish.
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.