Wild Mook: Japanese '80s fanzine devoted to American cops

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I saw that *exact* issue (Mr. burgers&fries) in a showcase at Mandarake in Nakano Broadway a couple of weeks ago.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “Who lets you sit down to eat at a mcdonalds when you’re carrying a carl’s jr cup and a can of a&w root beer?”

    Obviously, a clear-cut case of ‘abuse of authority’.

  3. VagabondAstronomer says:

    When I saw the Carl’s Jr. cup, I first thought it said “Carb”. Huh, you don’t say?
    Also love the yellow battle-ready Ford Fairmont (two headlights, must be a 1978 to 1981 production run; had a 1981 myself). Who’d have thought that such a mundane car (in the eyes of some) could look so, shall I say it, cool, in all its policiness?

  4. adamnvillani says:

    I actually count food from 4 or 5 sources here. McDonalds, Carl’s Jr., a can of A&W Root Beer, the taco (which wasn’t served at either McDonalds or Carl’s at the time), and an unidentified cup with some multi-colored squares printed on it that’s mostly cropped out of the picture. The unidentified cup may have come from the taco place.

    My guess is that either the picture was posed, or this was at a food court or some other place where several officers were all eating at one table (and pooling their fries, apparently).

    It’s pretty amazing how much landfill space was saved by one company (McDonalds) abandoning styrofoam packaging. I wonder how much of a hit their styrofoam vendor took with that move.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anyone else notice 3 different company’s fast food in that pic? Who lets you sit down to eat at a mcdonalds when you’re carrying a carl’s jr cup and a can of a&w root beer?

    Also, what self respecting cop puts his nightstick down in his mound of fries? That’s just unsanitary! That’s a sure way to get crackhead blood in your fries!

    • Anonymous says:

      3 things:

      1.) If you order that many fries at a McD’s they’ll usually let you bring in whatever you want

      2.) Cops do whatver the hell they want anyways

      3.) Senario: youre a McDonalds worker, mid 80′s making nearly nothing. Cop comes in lays down about 15 lbs of fast food from other places, but still orders something from you. Then places his nightstick on the bucket of fries he ordered. Are you gonna tell him to leave?

  6. eustace says:

    Is there nothing teh Nipponese will not fetishize in print?!?

  7. Ponchyan says:

    “In 1990 I remember seeing guys decked out in full CHIPS regalia – bikes, uniforms, helmets, at a beach on the sea of Japan. They were on their own, not part of a parade or a show or anything. At first I thought they were cops but it finally clicked that they were dressing up.”

    Back in the mid-’80s, when Harley Davidson was restoring their brand the company ran a series of ads to counter the reputation of poor quality they had acquired while they were owned by AMF. My favorite one showed the group mentioned above, about 20 strong, standing behind their HD electraglide police bikes with the caption, “some people just can’t get behind a Japanese bike.”

  8. balexander667 says:

    wow, i looked around some more. copies of different issues are on google shopping ranging from $44 to $100.

  9. Xeni Jardin says:

    I saw that! I’ve asked our own Lisa K. if she wouldn’t mind stopping by a store in Japan on her next trip. I’m totally nuts for this now.

  10. eustace says:

    I must apologize for that remark. But this is so, so wrong. Their ego’s do not require this reinforcement. Please.

  11. StRevAlex says:

    I can’t quite figure out who the audience for this is intended to be. It doesn’t seem like it’s supposed to be for police. Of course, there’s nothing more different than a Tokyo police officer and an officer on “Cops.” Novelty wins again.

  12. Oskar says:

    Is there nothing teh Nipponese will not fetishize in print?!?

    Yeah, ’cause cops have NEVER been idolized, fetishized or even admired in American media. Hasn’t happened even once! No sirree, Bob!

  13. Anonymous says:

    In 1990 I remember seeing guys decked out in full CHIPS regalia – bikes, uniforms, helmets, at a beach on the sea of Japan. They were on their own, not part of a parade or a show or anything. At first I thought they were cops but it finally clicked that they were dressing up.

  14. darren says:

    Wow, anyone else remember those old McDonald’s wax paper cups? Funny how an image like that can bring back all sorts of memories.

  15. jaketurner says:

    Xeni – I came across this image a few months back…instantly became one of my favorite internet treasures. Thanks for posting the background info!

  16. Anonymous says:

    WALLPAPERED!

  17. Unanimous Cowherd says:

    When I saw the image, I flashed on a picture of a sumo wrestler downing a meal that would feed a family of six. I’m thinking that sort of supersize fetish plays into this as well.

  18. Xeni Jardin says:

    @darren, YES!

  19. bolamig says:

    Is it just me, or does the front seat of the “69″ police car appear to be reclining quite a bit? As if those bench seats weren’t already spacious enough.

  20. bolamig says:

    Weird but true: I’ve been sitting at home today feeling blah not wanting to go outside, but this cover is motivating me to shower up and head to the McDonalds next to the police station for some cop watchin’. Thanks Xeni!

  21. theLadyfingers says:

    The level of detail in these mooks is just superb.

    If you’re a modelmaker or similar hobbyist of any sort, looking for quirky details to make your work more authentic, you can be absolutely guaranteed that the acme of reference sources is an oddball Japanese publication.

  22. 2k says:

    hmmmm. I wonder if that hippie I shot in the liver is dead yet?

  23. GeekMan says:

    See, and here I’ve been thinking that mooks were mafia-esque thugs this whole time…

  24. Francesco Fondi says:

    Even these days magazines dedicated to Air Soft guns (like ARMS) keep celebrating and idolatrizing the American COPs (but the covers are way less interesting than this old Mook!).

    Small note on the post title: a MOOK is not a fanzine but a professional published magazine+book hybrid.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I’ve had internet access since 1994, and this is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on the internet.

  26. FreakCitySF says:

    yeah I’ve seen the Japanese “american police enthusiasts” who collect uniforms, the gear, even fully decked out police crown victorias and various other vehicles, lights, battery rams and all

  27. Anonymous says:

    If you like this Mook you’ll love the others. A trip to any well stocked book store in Tokyo should give you material beyond your wildest dreams. Want reference Mooks covering cigarette wrappers used by different WWII armies? There’s a Mook for it! Want to see 1200 retractable visor designs for motorcycle helmets? There’s a Mook for it! Want to see a comprehensive list of sock emblems used by Japanese high school girls? There’s a Mook for it!

  28. Stickarm says:

    [H]e actually managed to talk the NYPD and LAPD into letting him ride along with officers.

    Why the incredulous tone here? “Ride-alongs” with officers are not uncommon or exclusive. It is a fairly standard form of educational outreach in most police departments, an opportunity that is open to pretty much anyone who is interested enough to ask.

  29. Anonymous says:

    “I know what you’re thinking… did I eat 6 burgers or only 5; to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself…
    But this is no ordinary Billy Club, this one is a French riot police Baton, and it can leave a mark you’ll remember forever.
    So when reaching for those fries, you’ve got to ask yourself one question “do I feel lucky?”…
    Well do you, punk?
    ” – Dirty Harry, I mean really dirty..

  30. Anonymous says:

    where the coffee and donuts i dont see dasert

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