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Suck: First European Sex Paper, issues 1–8

Contributed by Enid Stassyns on Dec 11th, 2020. Artwork published in
circa 1969
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    Suck no. 1, September 1969. Prices set in .
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    Suck no. 1, September 1969. Prices set in Annonce.

    From Wikipedia:

    Suck: The First European Sex Paper was an underground pornographic magazine that celebrated free love and queer sexuality. Founded in London in 1969, its collaborators included Jim Haynes, William Levy, Heathcote Williams, Germaine Greer, and Jean Shrimpton. The United Kingdom banned the publication prior to its first issue.

    Most issues were art directed by Willem de Ridder in Amsterdam. He used the “multi-tongued” Sea weed for the magazine’s logo. On several issues, it’s paired with Comstock.

    Suck was sexual revolution, wasn’t it? No, no, no, Suck was a magazine of art and literature with sex as its theme.” – from the complete Bill Levy archive at IISH Amsterdam.

    Suck no. 2, March 1970.
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    Suck no. 2, March 1970.

    Suck no. 3, August 1970.
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    Suck no. 3, August 1970.

    Suck no. 4, November 1970.
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    Suck no. 4, November 1970.

    Suck no. 5, May 1971. A smaller logo with redrawn letterform including ball terminals, paired with lowercase  Italic for all information. This issue was art directed by . The cover photo is by Anna Beeke.
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    Suck no. 5, May 1971. A smaller logo with redrawn letterform including ball terminals, paired with lowercase Cooper Black Italic for all information. This issue was art directed by Anthon Beeke. The cover photo is by Anna Beeke.

    Suck no. 6, October 1971, “Special family issue”. Adults only, kids!
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    Suck no. 6, October 1971, “Special family issue”. Adults only, kids!

    Suck number 7. “SEXPAPER” is set in .
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    Suck number 7. “SEXPAPER” is set in Cristal.

    Suck no. 8 from June 1974 was the last Suck. The letterforms from Sea weed are here shown in yet another hand-drawn rendition. Found in the book Sex Press: la revolution sexuelle vue par la presse underground 1965–1975.
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    Suck no. 8 from June 1974 was the last Suck. The letterforms from Sea weed are here shown in yet another hand-drawn rendition. Found in the book Sex Press: la revolution sexuelle vue par la presse underground 1965–1975.

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    • Sea weed
    • Comstock
    • Cristal
    • Cooper Black
    • Annonce / Aurora-Grotesk V

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    1 Comment on “Suck: First European Sex Paper, issues 1–8”

    1. Most images in this contribution were found in an excellent and extensive review of Suck magazine by Document Journal. A recommended read, with more images (and all text set in Carvalho-Bernau’s Lyon!).

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