Famous writer and feminist, Gloria Steinem, wrote this satiric photo-funny (or "fumetti") for Harvey Kurtzman's Help! magazine, issue number 12, in 1961. At the time she was an editorial assistant at the magazine. Like most of Kurtzman's creations, Help! wasn't around long (twenty-six issues over five years), but amongst fans of his is a highly desirable collectible. Steinem wasn't around that long, either, only lasting a short time on staff. She had a talent for satire and wrote for the early '60s television show That Was the Week That Was. In 1972 she co-founded Ms magazine.
"Fumetti," (plural, the singular is "fumetto") as they called their photo-funnies at Help!, is named after Italian comics. The word fumetto means "little puffs of smoke," a reference to the speech balloons. In American usage it refers only to comics made from photographs, but in the Italian it means all comics. In this particular strip, a funny and contemporary look at the beat culture and its relation to police, Roger Price stars as "Peerless Fosdick." Price, a humorist and writer who created the popular Mad-Libs and Droodles series' books, was an admirer of Kurtzman and Kurtzman's work on Mad.
Kurtzman and Price are deceased, but Steinem is still working and writing at age 78.