SUCK #1-8 (London: BCM/Joy, September 1969 & Amsterdam: Joy Publications, March 1970 - June 1974) + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey (Den Haag: Bert Bakker, June 1972) + WET DREAMS (Amsterdam: Joy Publications, May 1973). All published, including both first and second printings of Suck #6 (the second printing was revised, with minor changes, and printed on semi-gloss paper in a slightly reduced format).
SUCK #1-8 (London: BCM/Joy, September 1969 & Amsterdam: Joy Publications, March 1970 - June 1974) + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey (Den Haag: Bert Bakker, June 1972) + WET DREAMS (Amsterdam: Joy Publications, May 1973). All published, including both first and second printings of Suck #6 (the second printing was revised, with minor changes, and printed on semi-gloss paper in a slightly reduced format).
SUCK #1-8 (London: BCM/Joy, September 1969 & Amsterdam: Joy Publications, March 1970 - June 1974) + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey (Den Haag: Bert Bakker, June 1972) + WET DREAMS (Amsterdam: Joy Publications, May 1973). All published, including both first and second printings of Suck #6 (the second printing was revised, with minor changes, and printed on semi-gloss paper in a slightly reduced format).
SUCK #1-8 (London: BCM/Joy, September 1969 & Amsterdam: Joy Publications, March 1970 - June 1974) + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey (Den Haag: Bert Bakker, June 1972) + WET DREAMS (Amsterdam: Joy Publications, May 1973). All published, including both first and second printings of Suck #6 (the second printing was revised, with minor changes, and printed on semi-gloss paper in a slightly reduced format).

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SUCK #1-8 (London: BCM/Joy, September 1969 & Amsterdam: Joy Publications, March 1970 - June 1974) + Suck Special Issue - THE VIRGIN SPERM DANCER: An Ecstatic Journey (Den Haag: Bert Bakker, June 1972) + WET DREAMS (Amsterdam: Joy Publications, May 1973). All published, including both first and second printings of Suck #6 (the second printing was revised, with minor changes, and printed on semi-gloss paper in a slightly reduced format).

Suck #1-8, tabloid newspaper, edited by William Levy, Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer and Heathcote Williams, with assistance from Willem de Ridder, Susan Janssen, Lynne Tillman, Fatima Ingram, and others.
The Virgin Sperm Dancer (sm. folio, wrps., 72pp.), by William Levy, photographed by 'Ginger Gordon' (Anna Beeke), and designed by Anthon Beeke ("an ecstatic journey of a boy transformed into a girl for one day only").
Wet Dreams: Films & Adventures (sm. folio, wrps., 270pp.), edited by William Levy, designed by Willem de Ridder. Cover art by Peter Pollmann.

The idea for what billed itself as the "first European sexpaper" originated in the summer of 1969 when William Levy, Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer and Heathcote Williams decided to create "a new revolutionary sex-publication". The paper was funded in part by "a large gift from a 6 foot red-head Parisian millionairess art patron", and produced in Amsterdam with the help of the artist, designer and former Fluxus Chairman for Northern Europe, Willem de Ridder.

The first issue caused a sensation, especially in England, where Special Branch closed down the Postbox address and raided the Arts Lab in Drury Lane. During its five-year life Suck's eclectic list of contributors included: H. Rap Brown; Robert Crumb; Alex Gross; Alexander Trocchi (a translation of Apollinaire); W.H. Auden; Wolinski; Valerie Solanas ("The S.C.U.M. Manifesto"); Jean Stapleton; Michael McClure; Marion Blau; Mel Clay;
S. Clay Wilson; Tom Clark; Otto Muehl; William Burroughs; Harold Norse; Theo van den Bogaard; Suzanne Brøgger; Bernard Holtrop ('Willem'); Rita Linnenkamp; Eugene Schoenfeld; Shinkichi Tajiri; the editors, and many others. Photographers whose work appeared in its pages include: Anna Beeke; E.F. Bouwman; Ed van der Elsken; Gabi Naseman; Gerlinde Prejawa; Nigel Waymouth; Ralf-Rainer Rygulla; Ron Reid; Bill Daley; Keith Morris; and others, while the letters pages featured correspondence from Sinclair Beiles, Barbet Schroeder, Richard Neville, Felix de Mendelssohn, Urban Gwerder, and Caroline Coon. Advertisers included It, Time Out, Oz, Rolling Stone, Giorno Poetry Systems, the Sexual Freedom League, and Other Scenes, along with numerous personals.

Suck provided a forum for open and frank accounts of sexual experience. Its aim, as reported by Tom Wolfe following a conversation with Jim Haynes and Germaine Greer in 1969, "was sexual liberation and, through sexual liberation, the liberation of the spirit of man." The editors organised the two Wet Dream Film Festivals ("so Suck readers can meet each other"), held in November 1970 and October 1971, events extensively documented in the 'Wet Dreams' book. Al Goldstein, editor and publisher of Screw, was on the jury panel of the first Festival, along with Richard Neville, Jay Landesman, Germaine Greer, Michael Zwerin (European editor of the Village Voice), and Didi Wadidi (Fatima Ingram). Suck had as many female editors as male, but for Germaine Greer the paper's purpose was the creation of a new pornography, an attempt to demystify male and female bodies, rather than to shock or amuse. The tensions between these libertarian values and her feminist critique of male supremacy culminated in her resignation from Suck, triggered by the publication in issue #7 of an explicit nude photograph of her, rather than the nude photos of all the editors, as had been agreed. Greer's letter of resignation, published in the final issue, expressed her outrage and accused the paper of being counter-revolutionary. In 'Thanks for Coming!' (p.229), Jim Haynes attributes the demise of Suck in part to the controversy, but concludes that overall the paper "helped transform the puritan climate of the time."

Issue #1 of Suck is slightly frayed along the spine and rubbed along the horizontal centre fold, with the name/address stamp of the psychedelic/lightshow artist and Suck contributor, B. Brummbär, to upper margin of front cover; issue #2 has a partial split to spine, and two old horizontal folds, with associated rubbing; issue #3 has a faint central horizontal fold and some edge loss to one page; issue #4 is a worn copy, with wear (including partial split) along spine, edges and central fold, and discolouration to cover; very short split to spine of issue #5, with faint central horizontal fold ('Young Lust' comic supplement present); issue #6 has a 12cm. closed tear to p.15, and faint central horizontal fold; the second printing of #6 is Near Fine; issue #7 Very Good plus (unfolded); faint central horizontal fold to issue #8, o/w Very Good plus. The cover of 'The Virgin Sperm Dancer' is very slightly rubbed, paper slightly tanned, o/w Near Fine; 'Wet Dreams' has a slight bump to lower corner of back cover, o/w Near Fine.

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