A 'Guaranteed Oz Beautiful !Freak!' badge in orange and red (positive photo image). OZ.
A 'Guaranteed Oz Beautiful !Freak!' badge in orange and red (positive photo image).

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A 'Guaranteed Oz Beautiful !Freak!' badge in orange and red (positive photo image).

5.5cm. diameter. Minor tarnishing to verso, o/w Near Fine.

The badge was first offered for sale in Oz #32 in January 1971 (the Granny on the front cover is wearing one), with new colours advertised in Oz #41 (April 1972). It reproduces Keith Morris's front cover photograph from Oz #24 of Lee Heater and his acid-tipped tongue. Heater was a grungy Texan super-freak connected to the Brotherhood of Eternal Love in California who hung out at Oz, crashed in the back room at Richard Neville's basement flat with a basket of kittens and an illuminated fish tank (spiking his tea with LSD), and once stood in for him as the supposed editor of Oz for an interview with The People, a trashy tabloid (the article is reproduced on the flip side of the Honeybunch 'Jail Bait of the Month' poster insert included in Oz #24 [item #44]).

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