Author: Hinkle, Warren and Sidney Zion, editors
Title: Scanlan's Monthly, issues 1-7
Place Published: New York
Publisher:Scanlan's Literary House
Date Published: 1970
7 volumes (Nos. 1-7). Profusely illustrated in color and black & white from photographs, cartoons, artwork, ads, etc. (4to), pictorial wrappers. First Editions.
A fine set of the first seven issues of Scanlan's Monthly, a short-lived monthly publication, which ran from March 1970 to January 1971. It featured politically controversial muckraking and was ultimately subject to an investigation by the FBI during the Nixon administration. It was boycotted by printers as "un-American" by 1971. According to the publishers, more than 50 printers refused to handle the January 1971 special issue, "Guerilla War in the USA," because it appeared to be promoting domestic terrorism. The issue was finally printed in Quebec and in a German translation in Stuttgart. The magazine produced a total of eight issues during its existence. The eighth and final "Suppressed Issue" is not present here.
Scanlan's is best remembered for featuring several articles by Hunter S. Thompson and especially for what is considered the first instance of "gonzo" journalism, with his piece entitled "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved." Issue six features color cover art by Robert Crumb. The well known graphic artist, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, was the art director for Scanlan's.