Penthouse Magazine, Vol. 4, Number 7, March, 1973
. Penthouse International LTD . NY ,
PS3552.E719 F3 1973 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Fable-collecting takes me places I may not have expected to go! Antic Hay listed not Penthouse but Fatuous Fables, and I followed my rule of taking what I do not yet have. The stories are on 74 and 124-5. Berger's good sub-title is After George Ade. That description gets it right. Ade is here, right down to the capitalization of in words. There are four stories here, each with a colored illustration covering one column in Penthouse's three-column format. Fable of the Charming Changeling uses trendy language to describe a man who underwent a sex-change and became popular as a woman in several ways in several phases. Her tombstone displayed both her male and female names. This was the last of her many Firsts (74). Fable of the Felonious Fatty tells of an immensely overweight woman who partners with a little man to rob banks. Fable of the Dime-Dropping Deviate tells of a man who does all the right things but has to make a few obscene phone calls every week. He does just fine until he happens to call a woman who outdoes him with her Obscene Invitation. Fable of the Disloyal Dachshund tells of Poochy's rise to stardom and power -- and his owner's chagrin. True to Ade's work, Berger's stories are witty from start to finish. This magazine and even this piece is so 70's!