Nine years ago my favourite magazine was cancelled. I haven’t really paid my respects to it in proper way, so here, have an entry. When I was just a wee little critic, I spent my days reading this legendary magazine.

This magazine was called:

Pahkasika started as a kind of an inside joke between students, even it’s name (warthog) was chosen just because it sounded funny. The creators didn’t really plan to do more than one episode of it, but they noticed how people actually wanted to read it and it grew bigger and bigger. It established itself fast as a quirky humor-ridden and Finland’s only humor magazine. It was like Finland’s own Mad, only that Mad sucked when compared to this as they were not able to be so incredibly politically incorrect than what Pahkasika could be.

How politically incorrect were they? Well, how about dead baby jokes:

The "understanding the world"-one is my favourite

Or how about picking on people’s disabilities?

Super disablo!

This goes on for several frames, so let's jump straight to the conclusion

Translation note: the finnish word "vammainen" clumps mental and physical disabilities into the same term, so to keep the intended mood of the story I use the word "retard"

Even Lassie wasn’t spared!

Not even Lassie, people!

And as the last example of the incorrectness.. nazi jokes.

They even have tiny little swastika flags!

What’s strange about these nazi jokes is that they are thrown in so lightheartedly. They call Hitler “onkel Adi” and it’s apparently a children’s show or something and they just casually watch it on TV and then it is not mentioned ever again in the comic.

The comic those jokes come up is “Hemmo Paskiainen” (Dude Bastard) a series that ran with the Pahkasika for the majority of the magazine’s life and now that Pahkasika is no more, Hemmo Paskiainen still goes on. The comic goes around Hemmo and his father Armas Paskiainen (Darling Bastard) getting into trouble with various different characters. I fucking loved that comic, and still do. Some of the strips don’t even tell a joke, they are just dark and I’m left with this awkward feeling in the pit of my stomach.

This isn't even the worst. This just was the easiest to translate.

But mostly it made me feel all dirty and bad for laughing. And I loved it.

Anyone who says I was a bad person even before I laughed at this joke will die.

If it’s something finns know how to do, it’s dark humor. The dark overtones were overwhelming in the whole history of this magazine.

I always wanted to see Tom kill Jerry but.. oh my god not like this! Not like this!!

This one is probably the worst:

Oh, and I read both of these stories when I was in elementary school, so if anyone wonders why I’m this fucked up..

Shut up, I was a pretty baby

Though, they really managed to deliver dark jokes that made you laugh more than they made you feel bad. Like “Big Sleep” tablets “for the whole family” because “Every human has a right to avoid slow and painful nuclear death!”

Or this article about “How to be a good person”

You can just imagine what they suggest..

And here’s Pahkasika’s prediction about the future of our porn magazines. They have noticed a trend for harder and harder stuff so they think this is inevitable:

Necrotica - corpse porn's special magazine!

..but then again, I find this band absolutely hilarious:

Small note: DO NOT GOOGLE PICTURES FOR THIS CD I SWEAR IT’S NOT WORTH IT, google Goblin Cock instead, that band’s cover for “Bagged and Boarded” is hilarious!

But back to Pahkasika. And especially to the comics that ran with the magazine. Hemmo Paskiainen was just my personal favourite but they had others like..

Jurpo – a strip comic that relied on the punchline

Vanhat Herrat (The Old Gentlemen) – a few-pager that usually carried on an obnoxiously stupid plotline when these two men thought they were being rightous and charming.

Miihkali – it relied entirely on text. It read like a children’s book but would often tell a rather dark story, even that it was never nearly as bad as the other comics and skits on this magazine.

I wish I was that calm when falling head first into shit!

Pahkeinen (Dammit)- A bland and boring strip comic about an old man with a funny name.

And last but not the least

Peräsmies (Fartman) – strip comics of alternative lengths and every joke was a fart joke. Made me giggle as a kid.

It was a comic entirely revolving around a pun. You see, Superman is “Teräsmies” (fun fact! Superman is Steelman in finnish teräs = steel mies = man) so this guy is Peräsmies. The comic was still surprisingly long-lived. It “died” with Pahkasika.

Not all of the comics revolved around farts, sex and other variants of low humour. Some of them were honestly clever or had an actual message.

Like the comic where a little kid is born who can do ANYTHING from the very start of his life, he gets cloned and humanity turns into slobs who can’t even tie their own shoelaces.

Or this

You are the papers

Or this:

These kind of things kinda take you by surprise after all the joking and darkness. Or okay, these are dark too, and they’ve not prevented any wars or brought humanity closer to world peace, but this kind of thoughful things broke the mindless browsing of the book and created this certain kind of atmosphere.

They were a great tool in constructing the magazine, and made Pahkasika even quirkier.

There’s no other like Pahkasika. Only thing that goes kinda near this sort of humor is Myrkky, but they can’t bring the funny bodily function jokes with style! They just make things so obnoxious that you can’t help but smile just so it would go away, but Pahkasika brought the potty humor to almost intellectual level and broke actual taboos, unlike others. Come on, what other magazine YOU know that made jokes about necrophilia becoming mainstream? Vampires and zombies don’t count.

Many people remember Pahkasika in different ways and I remember how it made me laugh at things that I thought were impossible to laugh at. It was dark, it was funny, it created it’s own branch of humor and it must’ve been one of my greatest influences.

I will miss you for the rest of my life, Pahkasika

Rest in peace. I loved you.


Pahkasika – Kymmenen kirjainta johon voit luottaa

Hemmo – Iskän poika



12 Responses to “Pahkasika”

  1. 1 Somethingwitty
    November 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm


    I also read it as a kid, even though it never came home for me. I read it in libraries, but nowadays I’m buying it from antiquarian bookshops.

    Pahkasika, I love you. You were a true patriot.

    • 2 Comic Dissector
      November 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm

      Pahkasika helped us to fight off the evils of communism :’| Finland became an independent country only after this magazine was created.

      You reminded me that I need to go and support my local antiquarian bookshop..

  2. November 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I’m so happy you’re updating more often these days, damn I just love your entries.
    Added your link to my blog too.

    My mom had lots of Pahkasika-albums, finnish Mad and Myrkky magazines and I found them when I was so small I hardly understood what they were about, and soon after finding them, my mom hid them elsewhere haha.

    • 4 Comic Dissector
      November 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm

      Oh no, your blog is on the infamous vuodatus.net! But I think I’ll bend over and not hate that place this time. I’ve meant to make an entry regarding that whole place, but.. it’ll happen next year at the best.
      I’m rambling – thank you!

      I have no idea why my parents didn’t hide Pahkasika from me, they must’ve hated me, or then they realised I don’t get the jokes. To be honest it’s weird how parents keep their kids “safe” by not showing them stuff they won’t even get.
      Hopefully you got to experience this legendary magazine later in your life..

  3. November 25, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Oh god ahaha. These aren’t available in English by any chance, are they? :O

    • 6 Comic Dissector
      November 25, 2009 at 6:34 pm

      I don’t think they have ever been translated. We generally don’t bring anything abroad from here unless it’s kids comics and it kinda blows. Single series that were associated with Pahkasika might’ve been translated, but I have no idea.

  4. 7 Solo
    November 26, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Hey! Nic review.
    Are you aware of Peräsmies-serie’s succesor Peräsmiehen poika? It ran (or is running, have not read the magazine for years) in Koululainen for some time. Don’t know about the original Peräsmies, but his son’s adventures were pretty lame. Too bad :/

    • 8 Comic Dissector
      November 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

      I’ve never read that magazine, but I need to investigate this now..
      Peräsmies was pretty lame to begin with, to be honest. Paskiainen was probably the best, and all the other skits and comics worked well together, no wonder if they won’t work with other projects. Pahkasika was all these things mixed together, working together.

  5. 9 Ivan the Rabrabian
    November 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    OH GOD!!! That picture will haunt me from now on….
    Next time I will absolutely believe you :/
    BTW maybe the reason behind the darkness in many finnish comics and magazines is that you don’t have too much sun up there, and therefore comes the depression and negative thinking, don’t you think? 🙂 I’ve also heard that in Finland are many suicides, is it true?

    • 10 Comic Dissector
      November 27, 2009 at 7:26 pm

      I always tell people not to search for it because I’m the kind of guy who wants to know every band. Maybe everyone else is not the same and I should just stop warning people so they don’t go and search xD

      Well, I for one suffer from seasonal depression so I can’t say it ain’t so. Right now sun raises at about 9 in the morning and goes down at 4 in the day. Few years back we were on the top list for suicides of young people, “competing” with Japan which was 1# but I think the numbers have fallen again.

      I certainly see where you’re coming from. No one else understands melancholy better than those who have to live in snow and dark. Not only finnish people, but norway, sweden, iceland, but finns are the only ones who dwell and indulge in it. It is kinda romantic if you think of it that way..

  6. 11 yatski
    December 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    It may have been spirit of Christmas (or something else)…

    Three generations(me and my two brothers, 1985, 1983 and 1969) in kitchen remembering how good magazine Pahkasika was…

    ..And joking soon-to-born baby boy should be named ‘Hemmo’ (and later telling that kid you’ve been named after ‘Hemmo Paskiainen’. :P)

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