FINGER #1-5 (Los Angeles: High Class Publishing Co./Fuck-On Publishing Company, January-May [?], 1974).
FINGER #1-5 (Los Angeles: High Class Publishing Co./Fuck-On Publishing Company, January-May [?], 1974).
FINGER #1-5 (Los Angeles: High Class Publishing Co./Fuck-On Publishing Company, January-May [?], 1974).
FINGER #1-5 (Los Angeles: High Class Publishing Co./Fuck-On Publishing Company, January-May [?], 1974).
FINGER #1-5 (Los Angeles: High Class Publishing Co./Fuck-On Publishing Company, January-May [?], 1974).

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FINGER #1-5 (Los Angeles: High Class Publishing Co./Fuck-On Publishing Company, January-May [?], 1974).

Ed. Shirley M. Eberle. Tabloid newspaper format (32pp.-40pp.). The first five issues of this controversial sex paper, together with the rare pre-publication issue from 1973.

Finger's origins are not well documented, but William Levy has informed this cataloguer that, in late 1973, after the completion of Suck's final issue in California (Squaw Valley and Stinson Beach), he returned to Amsterdam with the paste-ups ready for printing, while Suck's art director, Willem de Ridder, visited Paul and Shirley Eberle in Los Angeles in search of funding, and subsequently collaborated with them on their new paper.

Finger, like Suck, aimed to promote the utopian philosophy of free love, but defined itself as a "reader-written" paper (an ad. in the first issue requests "women artists, writers, photographers. Get involved!"). The full-page editorial explained that "there are two reasons for the conception and birth of Finger. The first is to bring you the finest erotic art, literature and photography available in the world, plus important articles on sex, psychology, and lifestyles, as well as related subjects… The other reason… is that we are being prosecuted. They want to put us in prison for publishing The Los Angeles Star, a fun paper that harms nobody".

Paul and Shirley Eberle, both of whom had previously worked for the Los Angeles Free Press, were pursued relentlessly by the police in their attempts to shut down the LA Star and Finger (the latter was conceived to raise funds for the legal defence of the former). The editorial concluded: "A lot of far-out things are happening today. It's a time when things we never would have dreamed were possible a few years ago are becoming commonplace. It's a great time to be living! A time when even old people are getting into dancing and fucking and smoking dope and having fun. And there are even better days ahead. Better than anything we've ever known. Finger will be among the first to tell you about it." The paper's optimism reflects the recent sexual and political revolutions of the 1960s, echoed on the front cover of its second issue, which reprints the anonymous photograph of an interracial embrace, previously seen on a handbill from 1967 announcing Bedrock One, a countercultural happening in San Francisco co-sponsored by the Diggers and the Sexual Freedom League.

The first 'Special Suck Issue!' of Finger was produced in an edition of 5000 copies, and largely comprised material that had previously appeared in Suck, courtesy of de Ridder. Subsequent issues feature content submitted by readers, uncensored and unedited, including articles, letters, drawings and photographs, as well as further material reprinted from Suck.

Artists whose work appears in these first five issues include Franz Von Bayros, Dan O'Bannon, John Banuelos, and the Viennese Actionist, Günther Brus, along with erotic comic art by R. Jacoma, Rich and Rene Jensen, and Jim Pinkoski (the latter intended to be read "with music of Tangerine Dream").

The pre-publication issue resembles the Los Angeles Star, and includes numerous ads. for local cinemas, spas and swing clubs, personal contact ads. and sex aids, as well as an article entitled "I Balled for the Commies" by Peter Stafford (author of 'Psychedelic Baby Reaches Puberty' and the 'Psychedelics Encyclopedia').

Finger ran for over 50 issues, ceasing publication in the late 1970s, and while individual copies of later numbers occasionally turn up, these initial five, together with the pre-publication issue, rarely appear on the market.

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