Joe's Magazine. First Issue. Various photographers. Joe McKenna, New York, n.d. (1992). Appx. 125 pp. Large folio. First edition. Stiff illustrated wraps. Unbound pages. Numerous black-and-white reproductions. |
Only two issues were ever produced of this lavish large-format magazine edited and published by fashion stylist Joe McKenna. "Flick through any fashion publication from the mid-1990s, and it’s likely to feel about as relevant as an episode of "Sex and the City." But anyone lucky enough to get their hands on an issue of Joe’s magazine will have a hard time figuring out when it was published. At first glance, its oversize pages look undoubtedly contemporary — there is a long interview with Miuccia Prada, and photo shoots by David Sims, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean and Steven Klein. Only after careful inspection is it apparent that the Bruce Weber images of a nude, nubile Kate Moss are pre-rehab; on another page, Naomi Campbell is gently holding a baby rather than clutching a Swarovski-encrusted BlackBerry...The first issue of Joe’s, the brainchild of the stylist Joe McKenna, was published in 1992, and the second in 1998. They have stood the test of time because, unlike the barrage of new magazines that have followed, Joe’s paid little attention to celebrities, and even less to advertiser demands. At the height of the supermodel era, McKenna gave his first cover to the most divine woman of all time — the Virgin Mary, who was depicted looking upward and serenely exhaling a cloud of smoke, presumably from a heavenly roll-up. What publication today would include in its debut a feature on the early-’70s model Wallis Franken (wearing, in one instance, only a couple of strategically placed Band-Aids), a tribute to the actor Dirk Bogarde, a lengthy piece on Tennessee Williams and a conversation with the painter Paul Cadmus?"--Armand Limnander--No Ordinary Joe, NY Times, August 26, 2007
Internally Fine; external wrapper Near Fine, with moderate wear and creasing.