The Original Tom of Finland's CIRCUS • Tom of Finland

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  • The Original Tom of Finland's CIRCUS
  • publish date: Dec. 1974
  • Tom of Finland
  • Great condition, with slight fading on the spine, ripples on cover

The original Kake comic was commissioned by the Danish pornography publishing house DFT in the late 1960s. It was Laaksonen's first comic to be sold as discrete comic books, his previous comics in the magazine Physique Pictorial had been published as partial excerpts with the full work sold separately by mail order. The publication of Kake transferred to Revolt Press in 1971, and to the Tom of Finland Company in 1982. Laaksonen's illustrations of leathermen, as exemplified by Kake, significantly influenced the aesthetics of the gay leather subculture. Kake is among Laaksonen's most popular creations, having been alternately described as his "most iconic character" and as "the gay world's most familiar pin-up icon".

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, A model named Eero regularly visited Laaksonen in Helsinki to pose as reference for the character. The name "Kake" is a Finnish nickname that has the macho connotations of the English nickname "Butch"; it was also the name of one of Laaksonen's friends.