Saturday, June 27, 2015

It's Super Bulge!

Ray Middleton (above) is credited with playing Superman during appearances at the 1939 World's Fair.  But it would take Kirk Alyn to bring his own crotch bulge to movie fans.   He's not the most well-known of actors who played Superman on the screen, but just one  look at him in his costume makes it easy to see Kirk Alyn's take on the  man of steel remains a favorite of crotch cadets the world over.  Kirk clearly had the goods to pack a punch where it counted. 

In addition to performing Broadway, Kirk worked as a singer and dancer in vaudeville before moving to Hollywood  in the early 1940s to make feature films, where he was successful only in gaining bit parts in low-budget films before landing the role of Superman in 1948.   In fact, Kirk was the first actor to play Superman on the big screen, first in the 1948 film serial Superman, which consisted of 15 episodes that recounted Superman’s arrival on Earth, getting a job as a reporter  at the Daily Planet newspaper, and meeting sidekicks Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.  Kirk would then star in the 1950 sequel, Atom Man Vs. Superman.

Alyn would later recall the day that producer Sam Katzman asked him to play Superman:"I thought it was a publicity stunt. I didn't think you could ever put
 Superman on film. They brought the people from D.C. Comics [sic] over
and they said, 'Hey, he looks just like Clark Kent.' They said take off
your shirt, so I did and flexed my muscles. Then the guy said, 'Take off
 your pants' and I said, 'Wait a minute.' I was 37 when I played
Superman. I picked up that girl and ran up that flight of stairs like it
 was nothing."

Kirk Alyn died on March 14, 1999 at the age of 88. He was survived by three children.

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 1982

At 23 and handsome as well as physically fit, sexy Jeff Wintemute was a welcome summer start to Playgirl readers in 1982.  While Jeff Wintemute was the star of the issue, it also featured Couples: In Bed In The Sunroom, and Best Of Nine Years.  As the cover says, there was a poster-size centerfold (above) of Jeff inside the issue.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June 1983

The photo above continues to be an international Internet favorite for obvious reasons. Playgirl magazine celebrated ten years of publications with 25 year-old David Van Brunt, who they described as being "Playgirl's 10: Only the best for our anniversary fete" and David certainly delivered.  But back when it first came out, the biggest news for this issue however was probably lead guitarist Warren Cuccurullo's spread starting on page 76.  It's reported that Warren had worked with Frank Zappa, was a founding member of Missing Persons, and was a long term member of Duran Duran.  But can anyone blame us for ignoring everything else in this issue and enjoying the images of David?