Wooden Nickel

Wooden Nickel


In 1973, Arnie Katz did a weekly humor zine for a while under the title Wooden Nickel. It lasted 21 single-page mimeographed issues, from 13 July to 9 November (he didn't consistently use the day/month date format, but as it happened, he did on the first and last issues). The mailing list was limited to 50 people, but he had leftovers at the end of the run, and decided to bind them together, requesting I do the covers for it. I decided to take the title literally and created these two images, one for the front and one for the back. The one used on the front was presumably a likeness of Joyce Katz (my portrait skills varied considerably in those days not much has changed in that respect and in this case did not do her justice, but at least everyone knew who it was supposed to be), and the reverse sported the image of John D. Berry's supposed pet, Nairobi. "I had one once but the wheels fell off" was a catchphrase around which Arnie and readers spun many an outrageous yarn.

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