KING MOB ECHO #1-3 (London: 1968-1969).
Sm. folio. First and third issues staple-bound, 8pp. and 12pp. respectively; issue #2 consists of a single sheet folded centrally to make 4pp. Illustrated with photographs, détourned cartoons and old engravings, and pages from like-minded revolutionary publications Black Mask and Up Against The Wall Motherfucker.
Taking their name from a slogan daubed on the wall of Newgate Prison during the Gordon Riots of 1781, the King Mob milieu came together in London in 1967, forming around the former English members of the Situationist International, with key figures Christopher Gray, Donald Nicholson-Smith, and Dave and Stuart Wise.
i) The first issue (April 1968) features a front cover image of a menacing masked man (from Louis Feuillade’s 1913 film ‘Fantomas’) above a Karl Marx quotation (from ‘The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon’), and contains translations of Situationist texts; radical Freudian Norman O. Brown’s treatise, ‘The Return of the Repressed’; and ‘Urban Gorilla Comes East’, the magazine’s only original King Mob statement, co-written by Donald Nicholson-Smith and Phil Cohen (known for his involvement with the London Street Commune and the 144 Piccadilly squat). Near Fine.
ii) the second issue (November 1968), ‘King Mob: Two Letters on Student Power’ (in fact, a supplement to the first), contains the group’s response to and critique of the student revolts and the anti-university movement, with the central text by Christopher Gray. Paper slightly age-toned along extremities, with light creasing and handling wear, o/w Very Good.
iii) the third issue (May 1969) features King Mob’s lengthy and extensive critique of the hippie/drop out countercultural movement in England and America, and praises their New York counterparts Black Mask/Motherfuckers for their guerrilla tactics. Minor toning and light soiling to extremities, o/w Very Good plus.