Tom of Finland: Comic Collection 1 by Dian Hanson
8vo. pp. 272. profusely illustrated. hardcover boards. dw. Koln: Taschen, 2011.
New in publisher's shrink wrap.
ISBN-10: 3836524864 / ISBN-13: 9783836524865
This volume features 14 stories, including the first completed by Tom in 1946, and the last, done in 1986. Along the way we meet Jack in the Jungle, Beach Boys, Greasy Rider, Ringo & the Renegades, and Tom's most infamous creation, Kake, the ultimate leatherman. The stories are arranged chronologically in a book sized to fit perfectly in one hand, wrapped in our new Panic Jacket that allows the book to be read any place, any time, by simply removing and reversing the cover to give the appearance of a serious scholarly tome.
For boys who like boys who like art—but are sometimes embarrassed to enjoy their art in public—this attractive package is not to be missed.
Durk Dehner is Tom's archivist and provided the original art for these volumes. He was born in Alberta, Canada, where he studied art before moving to the United States in the mid-'70s. Dehner was instrumental in bringing Tom out of the underground and in focusing public attention on his work. The two co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984, and Dehner continues as head of the Foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.