Collage Magazine ("Life Begins With Love," 1963) with: Ephemera with: Poetry Postcard, "Upon Viewing the Movie Howl" Charles Plymell.
Collage Magazine ("Life Begins With Love," 1963) with: Ephemera with: Poetry Postcard, "Upon Viewing the Movie Howl"
Collage Magazine ("Life Begins With Love," 1963) with: Ephemera with: Poetry Postcard, "Upon Viewing the Movie Howl"
Collage Magazine ("Life Begins With Love," 1963) with: Ephemera with: Poetry Postcard, "Upon Viewing the Movie Howl"
Collage Magazine ("Life Begins With Love," 1963) with: Ephemera with: Poetry Postcard, "Upon Viewing the Movie Howl"

Collage Magazine ("Life Begins With Love," 1963) with: Ephemera with: Poetry Postcard, "Upon Viewing the Movie Howl"

San Francisco, CA; Hadley, MA: Charles Plymell; Glass Eyes Books/Ecstatic Peace Books, Circa 1964-1965; 2011. First Printing; Limited First Edition. Stapled Wrappers; Postcard. Vintage collage magazine & poetry postcard both signed by Charles Plymell. Two very rare collectibles by Charles Plymell, the legendary literary outlaw poet, printer & publisher: (1) An original "1963 Collage Mag" (as hand-written by Plymell on front cover). A relic of the early 1960s period when Plymell lived on Gough Street in San Francisco with the likes of Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg & many other key figures of the Beat Generation/ San Francisco Renaissance of which he was a member, prior to his blossoming as printer of the very first edition of the most iconic underground comic of them all- Zap No. 1. Among the images on front cover are male & female nudes, the male bound at the wrists, presumably from contemporary pornography. Plymell has hand-written his signature over the man's chest. Inside are many more male & female nude pictures, along with collaged images of such literary-cultural figures as Ezra Pound, Sophia Loren, Aleister Crowley & Frankenstein (as played by Boris Karloff); contemporary ads including for the "GI Joe" doll; & much more- even Lee Harvey Oswald makes an appearance, on inner back cover. There are many comic-style bubble-captions with provocative, nonsensical phrases "spoken" by the characters. Plymell, from whom we directly acquired this, added a most delightful piece of ephemera: A printed-out reproduction of a photograph of Allen Ginsberg perusing this very item at the shelves of Ed Sanders' Peace Eye bookstore in NYC, presumably close to the time of its debut there. This image, along with that of Oswald & some other images in the magazine, lead us to conclude that the likely year of publication was 1964 or 1965, despite Plymell's own reference to "1963." The Peace Eye bookstore opened in 1964, & we believe the Oswald photo was not publicly revealed until that year, during the Warren investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy. (2) A "Poetry Postcard" printed on one side only on thick cardboard stock, with Plymell's (very irreverent & provocative) Ginsberg-themed poem "Upon Viewing the Movie Howl." As noted below the poem in fine print near lower edge, this was "Printed at Flying Object, Hadley, MA, in an edition of 200/26 signed, May, 2011." Just below & to the right of his printed name & year, Plymell has hand-signed his name, so we presume this is one of the 26/200 copies noted above, although there is no number or letter /26. Two extraordinarily scarce, quintessential Plymell productions; from his early & late periods, & both directly or indirectly relating to Ginsberg. (1) in near-fine condition with mild rubbing & short, faint creasing to front, back covers & esp. stapled spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same (some edges naturally uncut as issued); series of light brown spot-stains & one partial circular stain (coffee?!) on front cover . Interior very fine with only a few tiny rust-spots at middle inner spine staples (though staples do not appear to be rusting at exterior or interior spines); very light browning & a few small-to-tiny spots at side edges of some page leaves. Printed Ginsberg photo ephemera in very fine condition with only light creasing at surfaces, edges & corners. (2) in very fine condition with only tiny bumps at corners. Near Fine; Very Fine. [Item #3336]

Price: $100.00