Contributors : Cavanna, Wolinski, Professeur Choron, Reiser, Delfeil de Ton, Gébé, a.o.
Publisher : Éditions du Square, Paris
Year : 1972
Size : 286 x 222 x 4 mm
Pages : 64, offset printed and saddle stitched
Language : French
Condition : Good, minor staining and wear,
centre page loose
Hara-Kiri was a monthly French satirical magazine, first published in 1960 by François Cavanna, Georges Bernier (aka Professeur Choron) and Fred Aristidès. A strain of cynical and ruthless satire characterised the magazine, which was marketed as stupid and mean by its makers after an angry reader had thus labelled the publishers. The controversial magazine, which ridiculed everybody and everything including itself, was sold by street sellers before it became available from newspaper stands in the late 1960s. Aside from the monthly journal a short-lived weekly L’Hebdo Hara-Kiri appeared in the stands in 1969. It was banned in 1970 after it had satirised the death of General de Gaulle and was succeeded soon after by the satirical paper Charlie-Hebdo, the name of which referred both to Charles de Gaulle and Charlie Brown (of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts). The monthly journal Hara-Kiri ceased to exist in 1989. Over the years contributors to Hara-Kiri included Cavanna, Professeur Choron, Reiser, Roland Topor, Moebius, Wolinski, Gébé, Cabu, Delfeil de Ton, Willem and many others.
A copy of Hara-Kiri #131 has been made available from the Sea Urchin archives. Published in August 1972, the condition of this copy is good with only slight staining and wear. The centre page is there but has come loose, though.