Sunday, April 6, 2014

'Man Hunting' Season

If you are of a certain age then perhaps you recall the gay-themed cable television series Queer As Folk. If you watched Queer As Folk, then this brief description may sound familiar: "A New York city writer and his friends traverse the gay world, exploring their ever-evolving sexuality, relationships, and what it means to be a true friend" only it's actually describing a more modern series from 2012 with another generation of men discovering life.

Hunting Season is a comedy series for today's smart-phone-absorbed youth, based on the blog of Alex, a single gay 20-something man living in Manhattan.   He documents himself and his friends by anonymously writing about his social life. The cast includes Ben Baur (Alex), Marc Sinoway, Jake Manabat, Jack Ferver, Tyler French, and Walker Hare.

The story was inspired and largely based on the popular blog The Great Cock Hunt and the novel of the same name. The series is in serial short-format webisodes, each lasting between 8 and 12 minutes.  It was first broadcast in September 2012 with three episodes. Two editions were made and the censored edition was broadcast on Logo TV free of charge.  The uncensored edition was broadcast as a paid-for download.  In 2013, a project was launched to fund the production of a
second season of Hunting Season.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 1947

Male erotica wasn't just found in publications hidden away from the general public.  The 1947 April issue of Popular Mechanics included on page 84 this advertisement (below and above) in the top left corner of the page, selling "Inspiring Photographs for your Training Course!!"  Such "coded" advertising was a reality of life in the 1940's when gay men had few mainstream media options to sexually identify with.  The photographer for this ad was Al Urban, who also invites readers to (printed within the ad itself), whenever in Chicago, phone Kildare 3402 for an appointment to view his work directly at his studio. 

Al was a pioneering photographer in the fields of male physique and nudes.  It's important to keep in mind that male nudes were risky  business in the 1940's and could easily land guys (posing, behind the camera, and/or viewing the images) in jail.  His first studio was in New York and it became one of the earliest and most successful producers of such photography. "Strapped" images by Mr. Urban were published in physique magazines and also sold through mail-order systems (via ads such as this one in Popular Mechanics) during the 1940's and 1950's.

Below: Examples of male nude photography (not the stuff found in the Popular Mechanics ad) by Al Urban.  Thanks to JD for sharing a part of his personal collection! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April (fool!)

These fantasy images are not be the real deal but they have become part of their very own genre of Internet smut: Celebrity fakes.  Interestingly, male nude fakes are more popular than the female ones, thanks in part to the fact that both gay men and women enjoy looking at the pics of their favorite male stars displaying the fantasy family jewels.  Who's hot and who's not in the Hollywood dick jungle? Just check out which guys are getting the fake treatments.   It wasn't that many years ago that Cruise was a favorite, but these days Adam, Bradley and Zac are fantasy kings.