Contributors : Cavanna, Professeur Choron, Willem, Kamagurka, Berroyer, Cabu, Reiser, Gébé, Delfeil de Ton, a.o.
Publisher : Éditions du Square, Paris
Year : 1980
Size : 330 x 290 x 4 mm
Pages : 64, offset printed and saddle stitched
Language : French
Condition : Good, minor discolouring and
small tears in the cover
Postage & packing not included
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 #222 has been made available from the Sea Urchin archives. Published in March 1980, the condition of this copy is good with minor discolouring and a small tears in the cover.