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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
It's widely reported that Vim was one of the classic fitness magazines not totally happy with the explosion of men's physique publications (such as the very popular Grecian Guild) where emphasis was on the beauty of the male. Publications like Vim began expressing their concerns in editorials. An excellent account of this was written in David K. Johnson's Physique Pioneers: The Politics of 1960s Gay Consumer Culture.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The April 1956 issue of Vim magazine featured the always wonderful Steve Reeves on the cover, looking very much the classic warrior with a mighty sword. Just the very next year in 1957, hunky Steve went to Italy to play the lead character in Pietro Francisci's film production of Hercules. The film turned out to become a major box-office success in 1959. While Steve had worked in Hollywood prior to this film, it was the main event that established his name (and that body and face) with millions of fans for years to come, including many gay men.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
According to Jason at SpunkWorthy "Evan's hairy ass is a little slice of heaven. I made a point to spread it wide open to play with his fuzzy virgin hole. During the shoot, there was some fairly obvious sexual tension going on. Evan was a little quiet, but his facial expressions (and the fact that he barely glanced at the porn playing in the background) spoke volumes. I decided to take things up a notch."
More to come!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Howard Heidtmann (who may have also posed as Ed Heidtmann) was one smooth, lean and muscular man. It's reported that he was born in 1942 and came in at 5'10" tall and weighed 165 pounds. Just one look and it's easy to see why he was a favorite Physique Pictorial model during the early 1960s. But perhaps it was one special photo set that forever made Howard a part of physique royalty--for it featured dark-haired Juwa LaVonce, legendary Don Hawksley, and Heidtmann posing together in straps. This photo set by AMG remains a classic today. More Howard tomorrow.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Island Studs appreciate men beyond the typical model age group of twentysomethings. It's also very nice when they share such models with us--such as Paul. According to them, 35 year-old Paul arrived "natural", having never trimmed his manhood or body hair. A part-time landscaper living in paradise, Paul was handed a shovel and given the job of planting banana trees without clothing. Speaking of bananas,please stay tuned for more pics of Paul.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
|James "John" Finley Gruber Jr.|
Konrad Stevens and James Gruber join Harry Hay’s Society of Fools in April, 1951. That same April, the group changed its name to the Mattachine Society, which was suggested by James Gruber, referring to historic Medieval French secret societies of masked men. Because of their anonymity wearing the masks, the men felt empowered to criticize the ruling monarchs. First Missions and Purposes of the Mattachine Society are also written. Keeping in mind that this was 1951 and homosexuality was not only illegal, but viewed by the mainstream medical society as deviant, the bold primary goals of the society were to:
- Unify homosexuals who were isolated from their own kind
- Educate homosexuals and heterosexuals toward an ethical homosexual culture, paralleling the cultures of the Negro, Mexican and Jewish peoples
- Lead the more socially conscious homosexual to provide leadership to the whole mass of social deviates
- Assist gays who are victimized daily as a result of oppression
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Sadly, Bill would become part of Hollywood royalty history for a very sad event, when Christian Brando (son of Marlon) faced murder charges. Bill was about 44 years old at the time and a close friend of Christian. The People magazine story of events can be found here, including Bill in the story. In 1990, Christian Brando pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing his sister's boyfriend.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Mr. 418 is Bill Cable. Bill was a favorite of top photographers in the 1970s who appreciated how much the camera loved his facial features and who marveled at how charismatic he was. He posed for Playgirl magazine as one of their most popular men, appeared as a Colt Studios model (under the name Stoner) and he did much, much more (including working as a movie stuntman) in an amazing career (and personal life) that successfully moved between adult and mainstream media. In the classic Hollywood movie Basic Instinct, when rock star Johnny Boz is viciously stabbed to death with an ice pick during sex, that was Bill.
It's a VGMH Easter Teaser!
Two baskets that look filled with the kinds of eggs we'd like to play with!
How well do you know your vintage super-star hunks? These two gentlemen not only modeled men's fashions for the likes of Ah Men, but they were also famous for many other activities during their careers. Can you guess the names of Mr. 417 wearing the leaf, or the bearded Mr. 418? The answers tomorrow.