Screw no. 11
New York: Screw, 1969. Offset on newsprint. 11 x 16 1/2 in. Embrittlement along spine of wrapper, two tears of less than 1 in. on front wrapper; very good. Item #5999
No. 13 of Screw magazine. Early and rare issue of this extraordinarily influential sex paper. This issue is particularly notable for being the first publication to speculate about J. Edgar Hoover's sexuality.
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.