Understanding Human Behavior #5
It's high time we took another look at the greatest series of reference books ever printed. The topics are insane and the illustrations crazier than a shit-house rat. It's like a thousand page diary of a madman; a testimonial, if you will, to how intensely off-course the 1970s were - and I love every page.
The illustration above is for a chapter on dreams as premonitions. The caption: "There are thousands of authenticated cases of dreams which have foretold the future. But details of the dream should mirror the event - it is not enough to dream about an air crash, then read of one the next day."
This is an amazingly tacky illustration from a chapter on prostitution: "The pimp serves many functions for the prostitute, canvasing clients, protecting her business and being perhaps the only lover in her life to whom she will give gifts."
What the hell?!?
These panels and the next two come from a chapter titled "End of the Affair" about ending relationships.
"It's a small town, and when boy meets girl, both profess everlasting love. But then he starts college and goes to the city. When she comes to visit, she feels like a fish out of water - he's got a new way of life, and she no longer fits in. Now when he returns home, they greet each other as strangers living poles apart."
And yet another article on prostitution; this one called "Love for Sale" where becoming a hooker is described as a viable career choice. Check out how the artwork illustrates how you can go from shitty secretarial work, getting bargain basement clothes, and drinking beer..... to champagne wishes and caviar dreams!
"Who can blame a girl for wanting a taste of the good life? Many a virtuous poor girl has been tempted into prostitution by the lure of luxury and a more exciting lifestyle."
"Snap! Another for the album. Some men collect female scalps as others collect stamps."
Well, isn't that quaint.
"Group therapy may strip her of her false image to reveal the little girl inside. Daring to show yourself is vital to emotional development."
"The last word in clothes, make-up and male pop stars are all preoccupations of teenage girls"
First, this looks like a prelude to pancakes. Second, I wish I could identify the band on the wall - anyone recognize them?
"Gamophobia: The abnormal fear of marriage"
And finally, from a chapter on "the seven year itch": "There's always someone at the office ready to help a married man scratch his itchy feet."