- “Kake allows Tom to express all his fantasies. Sailors, lifeguards, cowboys, policemen… —all are invariably handsome, brawny, and enthusiastically gay when Kake comes along.”
- “If you need proof that today’s revolutions are tomorrow’s institutions, look no further than Tom of Finland.”
Tom of Finland. The Complete Kake ComicsHardcover, 5.3 x 7.7 in., 2.25 lb, 704 pages25Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
Tom of Finland. The Complete Kake Comics25
Mustaches and muscles
Back to the days when men were men and sex was carefree
Tom of Finland – The Complete Kake Comics collects all of these stories in one volume. Return with Kake to the days when men were men, sex was carefree, and everyone wore a big thick mustache.
Touko Laaksonen, the boy who would become Tom of Finland (1920-1991), began drawing cartoons at age five. His favorite subjects were the rough manly men of his native Finland, as Touko knew from an early age that men interested him more than women. His talents were further honed by art study in Helsinki. He found success in the Finnish advertising industry but secretly continued creating his increasingly erotic drawings of hyper-masculine men. In 1957 he submitted some drawings to the American magazine Physique Pictorial and the “Tom of Finland” legend was born. By the late 60s Tom’s “dirty drawings” became the standard for gay art, and Tom’s Men a template for a new gay masculinity. Tom’s art continues to play an important role in promoting self-confidence, positive self-image and openness in the gay community.
The editor and author
Dian Hanson is a senior editor and writer for TASCHEN, with over 50 books to her credit. In addition to ARNOLD, her recent works include The Art of Pin-up, Masterpieces of Fantasy Art, and The Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta.
Tom of Finland. The Complete Kake ComicsHardcover, 13.5 x 19.5 cm, 1.02 kg, 704 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5051-2Edition: English, French, German