Sex to Sexty (Hardcover, signed)
“Proudly dedicated to a gleeful and unapologetic showcase of white-trash adult humour from 1965 to 1983 and deemed ‘the True Jokelore of America’, Sex to Sexty! magazine remains an amusingly ribald snapshot of pre-PC times.” —
The First Post, London, United Kingdom
“If you’re like me, you love dirty jokes and trashy, witty (if slightly off-color) adult comics. And while I was too young to enjoy what’s been described as both “the most vulgar magazine ever made” and “the last honest compendium of American sexual humor” when it was originally published, I’m fortunate enough to be able to experience the best of the magazine in the new coffee table book Sex to Sexty: The Most Vulgar Magazine Ever Made. The result was 198 dirty and entertaining volumes, the covers of which are included in this large format, full color, and beautifully produced book. Accompanying the artwork is an in-depth analysis of American sexual humor by editor Dian Hanson (TASCHEN’s sexy book editor and 25-year veteran of men’s magazine publishing). Not for the pure-at-heart, the book explores various themes from the magazine including cannibalism, bestiality, incest, and other treasured taboo topics. Sex to Sexty spares neither gender, skews all sexual orientations and ethnicities (and hygienic dysfunction), and isn’t afraid to address nearly any sexual proclivity that you can think of. It’s raw, uncensored, perverse, and all around wrong. Which is exactly why I love it.”
Edge Magazine, Boston
Daring sexual humor from the irreverent magazine Sex to Sexty
Some call it the most vulgar magazine ever made; others see it as the last honest compendium of American sexual humor, starting just as the sexual revolution was expanding minds and stomping taboos, and ending when political correctness made all such humor socially unacceptable. Whatever your stance, the magazine Sex to Sexty was and is an outrageous collection of dirty jokes and cartoons published from 1965 to 1983 by Texas entrepreneur John Newbern, whose life was lifted straight from the pages of his publication. His partner in crime against good taste was hillbilly artist Pierre Davis, who created elaborate oil painted covers for each issue that celebrate every permutation of manly humor. No topic was safe from the lowbrow wit of these two men and the cartoonists they recruited to preserve what they called the “True Jokelore of America”.
Sex to Sexty reproduces all 198 covers of the magazine and many of the original paintings that adorned them. Then, in the first in-depth analysis of American sexual humor, author and editor Dian Hanson categorizes the great themes revealed by the thousands of cartoons and jokes into spreads with titles like “Stinkfinger,” “Incest on the Best,” “Cannibal Cuisine,” and “I Love Ewe!” Raw, irreverent, uncensored and all-American, Sex to Sexty spares no gender, sexual preference, ethnic orientation, or hygienic dysfunction in bringing you what the magazine’s original publisher called the “World’s Largest Accumulation of He-Man Robust Humor in the World.” Special fold-out dust jacket shows every cover image and unfolds to reveal a poster of a never before seen, unreleased Sex to Sexty cover originally deemed “too tasteless” by the magazine’s publisher, but definitely “suitable for framing in your bar, rumpus room or bathroom”.
Dian Hanson is TASCHEN’s sexy book editor. As a 25-year veteran of men’s magazine publishing, she edited titles including Puritan, Oui, Outlaw Biker, Juggs, and Leg Show. Her many books for TASCHEN include Vanessa del Rio: 50 Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior and R. Crumb’s Sex Obsessions.
About the author:
The artist Mike Kelley, born in 1954, works with performance, installation, drawing and painting, video, sound, and sculpture. Drawing from historical research, mass cultural sources, psychological theory and Sex to Sexty, his artworks reference both high art and vernacular traditions. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
These copies are signed by the author Mike Kelley.