45 Weird Vintage Covers Of The Satire Magazine ‘Hara Kiri’ That Was Banned In France
These 45 weird vintage covers of the satire magazine ‘Hara Kiri’ that was banned in France are so amazing, we simply can’t stop looking at them and analyzing the small subtle details found in all of these precious artworks.
‘Hara Kiri’ was such an outrageous satire magazine, that during the 1960s and 1970s it got banned in France. This is what it means to be so much against the current, that even the government can’t handle you, leading to your disappearance.
George Bernier and François Cavanna were way ahead of their time in the early 1960s when they came up with ‘Hara Kiri’, a very unusual magazine about photography, portraits, artworks and lots and lots of satire. Fred Aristidès was the man behind the artworks featured on the defunct magazine’s covers, making waves all throughout these miraculous decades.
Almost half a century since the magazine’s disappearance, its covers still spark discussions among people who first lay eyes on ‘Hara Kiri’. It was one of the first adult-oriented satire magazines in France, much like ‘MAD’ and ‘National Lampoon’ from the United States.
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Europe was much more conservative back then (and even now) and a magazine like ‘Hara Kiri’ was so outlandish it got people talking about it all over France and beyond. Its editions were subtitled “Journal bête et méchant” (“Stupid and nasty newspaper”) and they were always attacking the government, political parties, institutions, the Church and France itself.
This is what got it banned from 1961 to 1966.