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Tom of Finland. The Complete Kake Comics

25Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: August 30, 2024
The complete adventures of Kake, Tom of Finland's dark-haired, mustached leatherman, who travelled the world on his motorcycle to spread the seeds of ecstatically explicit gay sex. See Tom's own personal fantasies lived out in these 26 episodes of mustaches, muscles and liberated libido, now some of the most famous cartoons in the history of gay art.
Hardcover5.3 x 7.7 in.2.25 lb704 pages
“Kake allows Tom to express all his fantasies. Sailors, lifeguards, cowboys, policemen… —all are invariably handsome, brawny, and enthusiastically gay when Kake comes along.”
Chicago Reader
“If you need proof that today’s revolutions are tomorrow’s institutions, look no further than Tom of Finland.”
The Village Voice
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Tom of Finland. The Complete Kake Comics

Tom of Finland. The Complete Kake Comics


Mustaches and muscles

Back to the days when men were men and sex was carefree

In 1965, Tom of Finland began flirting with the idea of an ongoing character for his panel stories, the ultimate Tom’s Man. He tried out a blond named Vicky—a common male name in Finland—followed by a Tarzan-inspired Jack. Then in 1968 Tom settled on Kake, a dark-haired, mustached leatherman who often wore a tight white T-shirt bearing the motto “Fucker.” Kake lived up to this moniker, a sort of post-Stonewall, hyper-masculine Johnny Appleseed traveling the world on his motorcycle to spread the seeds of liberated, mutually satisfying, ecstatically explicit gay sex. Tom lived out many of his most personal fantasies through Kake, and Kake’s international fans made him the template for what came to be known as the gay clone look of the 1970s. Between 1968 and 1986, Tom published 26 episodes of Kake adventures, most as 20-page booklets.

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.
The artist

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. 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. 

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.
Read here how it all began.

Tom of Finland. The Complete Kake Comics
Hardcover13.5 x 19.5 cm1.02 kg704 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5051-2

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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2 Ratings

Anthony,December 1, 2023
I first saw this at my ex-boyfriend’s home and would look through it from time to time while he was in the shower. It’s quality and has through lines but each story works great on its own. V sexy

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Luis,April 29, 2022
Tengo que decir que me daba miedo que llegara en mal estado, pero llegó muy bien protegido . Llega precintado y el contenido es excelente. El tamaño es también adecuado para el nivel de detalle del dibujo. RECOMIENDO