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Saturday, October 27, 2012
This weekend we have a special treat to enjoy, thanks to SS77Skipper, who emailed me the wonderful photo (above) and asked if I possibly knew the name of that captivating man. Well, that was a couple of months ago and like the rest of my emails, I apologize for my slow response times these days. But happily I recognized the model right off as being hairy and hung Mr. Glenn Milbank. From his five o'clock shadow to his richly hairy chest and toned physique, Glenn is one of those guys who's not easy to forget. What's not visible in this photo is the 1960's adult cartoon-style tattoo of a vixen woman displayed on his other arm (photo below).
Glenn is just one of the distinctive men who've posed for the classic British magazine Mike Arlen's Guys and he was even the cover man for one edition, which is where I recognized him from. According to several reports, Mike Arlen's roots in photography heralded back to creating physique and beefcake modeling images of men in swimsuits and posing straps. His signature publication, Mike Arlen's Guys, became enormously popular in thanks to the ruggedly attractive "average" men who not only disrobed but allowed Mike to photograph their throbbing boners from all sorts of interesting angles. To American audiences, the magazine was no doubt an enticing (and more rare in the 1980's) array of European studs. The magazine's creativity used in photographing these aroused men (in an era of strict British censorship laws) is a reminder of how much things have changed. The photo restrictions in Britain were a factor in Mike's decision to produce MANPOWER in Holland.
According to Mike's website, the first seven volumes of Mike Arlen's Guys quickly went out of print and collectors of volumes 8 to 15 sometimes become obsessed with tracking down the early issues. His images are part of gay erotic history and were featured in The Big Penis Book.
At his website, Mike says that he didn't care if his models were straight, gay or bisexual and made a point of getting to know what they wanted to do in future. The slightly-misspelled narrative about Glenn tells us that "Glenn Milbank spent seven years in the Marines. Since then he has been employed as a master welder, tavelling the world for companis who can afford his regid best." For those who may be interested, Mike offers three sets (10 images per set) of Glenn in all his glory http://www.mikearlensguys.co.uk/products.html
Thursday, October 25, 2012
In the above photo, fine dust takes on the appearance of a hand masturbating him.
Other works by the artist, such as these male nudes in an apartment, have the qualities to make them timeless as well.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Director James Whale was gay and made little effort to hide that fact. The sexuality of Ernest, on the other hand, remains open to speculation and debate. He was known to be a 'skilled' female impersonator, and the actor is said to have once asked playwright Somerset Maugham why he never wrote any parts for him. Maugham claimed that he did, then quipped, “but Gladys Cooper always plays them.” Ernest married Janette Mary Fernie Ranken (the sister of his close friend William Ranken) in 1917, even though it's reported that Ernest was fond of laying lilies at the feet of handsome doorman outside the Savoy Hotel in London. In her biography of Ivy Compton-Burnett, Hilary Spurling suggests that Thesiger and Janette wed largely out of their mutual adoration of William, who shaved his head when he learned of their engagement. At the very least, Ernest was fortunate to have director Whale as a good friend.
It's reported that Universal Studios had originally wanted Claude Rains to play Dr. Septimus Pretorius, but the film's director (James Whale) insisted on Thesiger. Writer Mark Gatiss James Whale: A Biography or, The Would-Be Gentleman, 1995 described Thesiger’s Pretorius as “a desiccated homosexual imp” displaying “waspish malevolence”.
In addition to acting, Thesiger was also an accomplished painter and an expert at needlework, writing a book on the subject, Adventures in Embroidery (1941). A wounded veteran, Thesiger joined the Church Army League of Friends of the Poor. His work teaching needlework to severely disabled men was admired by Queen Mary and Thesiger became a frequent visitor to Buckingham Palace.
Above: Rare backstage studio photo with Colin Clive, Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester as they enjoy an afternoon tea while Thesiger displays some of his recent paintings.
Bride of Frankenstein would be Thesiger’s last American film, but certainly not the end of his career. After working for decades, he passed away shortly afterward on the eve of his 82nd birthday. He once said "Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and the right kind of physique ought to make a film actor, if they are lucky enough to be told exactly what to do, and I cannot see that the actor for the screen deserves any more credit than a schoolboy who is good at dictation should have for writing admirable prose." Actor Arthur Dignam appears briefly as Thesiger in the James Whale biopic, God and Monsters (1998).
Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Above: Typical man, once his 'public' G-rated face is removed...hehehe
Above: Getting served this platter of stuff could be a trick!
Below: Looky here---If the 'man of your dreams' from work made that nifty cheese tray and the elaborate pumpkin decocation on top of it, and he's pouring that ice cold brewsky into a crystal pilsner glass instead of chugging it right out of the can, then it's probably best to forget about getting to play with his trouser snake tonight, Marge. Best to be friends.
Above: Everybody knows that men and male robots both like to have their knobs turned--they like it a lot! Be careful there, toots, or you might get him over-stimulated and make him blow a sprocket!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
What little clothing Mr. October's wearing is certainly stylish for the period. He seems in very serious concentration, and maybe it's just me, but that jack-o-lantern's one eye opening seems downright naughty and nice at the same time. As with other months in this vintage calendar, we see the mysterious hand (notice the bird tattoo) offering suggestions of what perhaps is yet to come for our model?
Dom (his real name was Dom Orejudos was) was 20 years old when he began using the name Etienne, when his work was published for the first time in 1953's "Tomorrow's Man" magazine, issue #8.
Born in Chicago on July 1st, 1933, Etienne was a dancer and choreographer with the Illinois Ballet Company for 15 years. In addition, he was a very respected businessman, famous for his male physique studies which became internationally known. He was the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and was nominated/received three Emmy Awards.
His artwork is understandably sometimes confused with that of Tom of Finland. Both men definitely had an appreciation for very masculine guys and both enjoyed creating intense fantasy worlds. It's been reported that both artists knew one another and liked and respected one another's work. We'll take a look at more of his work in the future.
One of Etienne's most-favored artistic styles was to show a charismatic character becoming the sexual brunt of a masculine joke, usually at the mercy of other men surrounding him. To some, his work pushes the envelope of aggressive machismo sex that's sometimes depicted, which the artist himself once described as trying to capture man's "fears, needs, and unapologetic raw power." He died of AIDS complications in 1991.