OZ #28 SCHOOL KIDS ISSUE (London: Oz Publications Ink Ltd., May 1970).
OZ #28 SCHOOL KIDS ISSUE (London: Oz Publications Ink Ltd., May 1970).
OZ #28 SCHOOL KIDS ISSUE (London: Oz Publications Ink Ltd., May 1970).
OZ #28 SCHOOL KIDS ISSUE (London: Oz Publications Ink Ltd., May 1970).
OZ #28 SCHOOL KIDS ISSUE (London: Oz Publications Ink Ltd., May 1970).

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OZ #28 SCHOOL KIDS ISSUE (London: Oz Publications Ink Ltd., May 1970).

Blue on blue variant, with cover art by Raymond Bertrand depicting black lesbians playing with dildos. Edited and published by Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis "with the help and inspiration of about twenty people, all 18 or under, mostly still at school who came from various parts of London and England in answer to our appeals for injections of youthful vigour in our ageing veins."


The contributors included Charles Shaar Murray, Peter Popham, Deyan Sudjic, T.I. Bradford, Trudi Braun, and Vivian Berger, whose notorious collage of Rupert Bear's head with Robert Crumb's priapic Eggs Ackley (from Big Ass Comics) proved to be, along with the cover, one of the more contentious images during the ensuing trial (Berger's mother, chair of the National Council for Civil Liberties and particularly concerned with the rights of children, appeared as a witness for the defence).


Following the longest conspiracy trial in British legal history, the main charge of conspiracy "to debauch and corrupt the morals of children and other young persons and to arouse and implant in their minds lustful and perverted ideas" was defeated (the charge dated back to the sixteenth century and was resurrected in the early 1960s). The judge misled the jury into returning a verdict of guilty on the other four counts of obscenity, and Neville, Anderson and Dennis were given prison sentences of up to 15 months. The outcry from John Lennon, Kenneth Tynan, David Hockney, Michael Foot, Doris Lessing and many others, along with much of the press, helped the three appeal judges quash the convictions (to the fury of Mary Whitehouse), who ruled that Judge Argyle had made "a very substantial and serious misdirection" to the jury (the convictions were also undermined by the allegation that the lord chief justice, Lord Widgery, had sent his clerk to Soho one lunchtime to buy £20 worth of the hardest porn he could find).


As a neat postscript to the affair, confidential Whitehall documents revealed nearly 30 years after the event show that the head of the Metropolitan police's obscene publications squad, DCI George Fenwick, who was responsible for targeting Oz and the underground press, was eventually jailed for 10 years as the "chief architect" of the biggest ever Met corruption ring in which the Soho porn merchants had some of the most senior police officers on their payroll (reported in The Guardian, November 13th, 1999).


Slight rusting to staples, o/w about Near Fine.

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