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    Here's something a tad different from my usual fare of art glass - a classic 1960s pulp fiction novel - The Man From C.A.M.P.
    A gay parody of 60s secret agents such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E & James Bond, The Man From C.A.M.P is the first in a series of racy popular novels by "Don Holliday" & published by Corinth Books in the 1960s. Don Holliday was one of the pen names of Victor J. Banis, a prolific fiction writer & gay rights campaigner. This was a ground breaking book in its time, featuring a flamboyantly gay main character, who also happens to be a secret agent in the employ of a mysterious organisation called C.A.M.P.
    The refreshingly outrageous hero is Jackie Holmes - an effeminate dynamo with a license to kill...& thrill. He's super smart, stylish, & multi - talented in a diverse range of fields - such as martial arts, the appreciation of fine art & antiques, restoring vintage cars, & much more besides...
    What can I say but that when I first heard of this legendary character, & spied an image of the iconic cover art (by Robert Bonfils) I knew I that had to obtain an original copy, post haste, & at any cost. Needless to say, it did not cost me the humble price of 75 cents that it did back in 1966. But for a piece of history like this, there is almost no price too high!
    As a fan of the Bond parody Austin Powers, I cannot for the life of me understand why someone hasn't made a movie of this outstandingly over - the - top romp. Although Jackie Holmes is somewhat more X - rated than James Bond...who seems like a stitched up square in comparison to this swinging fellow...

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      You hoo Lover Boy!
      I was laughing just from the cover. I'm sure it's a totally hilarious romp :)))
    2. IronLace IronLace, 2 years ago
      It sure is, my dear friend! :-)
      For some reason, when I saw first this cover art, it was like looking in a mirror, LOL!
      Except replace the poodle with a cat & the cigarette (in holder) with a glass of red wine...
      PS. The poodle's name is Sophie, & she also has a license to kill - she may look fluffy & harmless, but has "two rows of razor sharp teeth!"
      The plot revolves around highly convincing fake diamonds being smuggled in bouffant hairstyles...& the fake diamond mastermind is a super butch gal (who looks like a guy) called Big Daddy. What can I say but that it is as queer as a $9 bill...& I absolutely loved it!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Yahoo !!!
    4. IronLace IronLace, 2 years ago
      Many thanks, Kevin! :-)
    5. MALKEY MALKEY, 2 years ago
      FABILUS my iron lace marin & i,m in a stars and stripes onesee bodywarmer jumpsuit with silver glittering face make up and a fresh plucked hypericum yellow in my hair with golden blonde hair for breakfast in saint georges mental asylum morpeth
      what joy marin youve brought today blue skys from blue =malkey
      beautiful my iron lace you are x xxxxxxxxxx
      20th august 2020 year
    6. IronLace IronLace, 2 years ago
      Thank you so much MALKEY, you're a champion & your style sounds truly fantastic today!
    7. Bambus1920 Bambus1920, 2 years ago
      'Gay evil-doers' - whatever next!
    8. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 years ago
      This sounds wonderful! I love Austin Powers, too! I agree they should make a movie of this one, Marin. :)
    9. IronLace IronLace, 2 years ago
      And they're kinky, too, Bambus1920!
    10. IronLace IronLace, 2 years ago
      Many thanks, Michelle - & it would be a feast of flamboyant, far out, freaky shenanigans! :-)
    11. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Oohhh, now I need to read that book! Your description is irresistible :-D
      Kudos for getting the original!
    12. IronLace IronLace, 2 years ago
      Many thanks, Pascale! Yes, it's a fun, naughty read! It has been reprinted in the mid 2000s as well, but with different cover art...having the original is just fantastic!

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