KROLL, Eric. The Complete Reprint of John Willie’s Bizarre.

(Cologne): Taschen, 1995. First edition. Octavo. Two volumes. Complete reprint of all 26 issues of John Willie’s Bizarre magazine that was published at irregular intervals, from 1946 to 1959. The magazine featured his characters Sweet Gwendoline and Sir Dystic d’Arcy (drawn in a style that was latter to influence Eric Stanton and Gene Bilbrew). The magazine included many photographs, often of Willie’s wife, and drawings of costume designs, some based on ideas from readers. There were also many letters from readers: he was accused of inventing these but insisted that they were genuine. These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets and body modification. Very good copies in boards, lacking the slipcase.


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