What Was WET?

The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing was published in Venice and Santa Monica between 1976 and 1981 by Leonard Koren. An invaluable brief introduction by Bedford McIntosh seems to be the only online resource celebrating WET, hence the creation of this survey, a repository of cover thumbnails and indices of each issue.

Reoccurring WET features included Dribble; Places; Non-Human Life Forms; Food; Architecture; Fashion; the Last or Back Page; and of course, Gourmet Bathing. Frequent contributors to the magazine, were Matt Groening (text, hardly ever cartoons), Kristine McKenna (interviews), Philip Garner (drawings of implausible inventions) and Bob & Bob.

Regular advertisers included KROQ; the 9:30 music club in DC; LA restaurants like Nucleus Nuance and the China Club; various Melrose boutiques like Cowboys & Poodles, Industrial Revolution, Neo 80, Camp Beverly Hills, and the Soap Plant; plus Trash & Vaudeville in NYC.

Cover Gallery and Content summaries:
#1 - #15
1976 - 1978
#16 - #34
1979 - 1981

Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing

a new book by Leonard Koren

WET magazine.com

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