INTERNATIONAL and HISTORIC HOMOEROTIC HALL of FAME NOMINEE:
The next artist be be honored with a gallery within the HeroesNHunks Homoerotic Hall of Fame (as a noteworthy trailblazing international artist who had a major contribution to the advancement of homoerotic art) is… Oliver Frey.
Pioneer homoerotic beefcake Illustrator Oliver Frey (a.k.a Oli Frey, a.k.a. Zack, a.k.a. Clint) was born in Zurich, on 30 June 1948. He grew up fluent in Italian ( his parents hailed from Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland) and German. His family moved to Britain in 1956 but subsequently returned to Switzerland where he followed an American correspondence course called The Famous Artists during his high school years.
As a child Frey loved The Eagle comic and taught himself to draw by copying the drawings of Eagle’s artists. As an adult was able to fulfil his childhood dream by working on the revived version, drawing the strip Dan Dare. Frey began his carreer as an illustrator of childrens books and comics to pay his way the London Film School, illustrating for IPC Media‘s Look and Learn magazine, including the strip The Trigan Empire.
Oliver’s brother Franco and Roger Kean founded the computer magazine CRASH in 1983, and Oli became the illustrator for CRASH and its sister magazines Zzap! 64, Amtix and The Games Machine. Many of Frey’s earlier covers featured seemingly random homoerotic images of bare chested youths that had nothing to do with the issue’s content. You can check out much of his commercial work here.
Oliver Frey is sometimes better known as Zack or Clint, which are noms de plume he used for much of his explicit work published in the 70′s and 80′s in a few British gay magazines. Oli Frey may be the most widely-seen of all gay porn artists simply because he drew some Superman pages seen briefly at the beginning of the 1978 Superman.
After years of drawing innocents, Frey found a new genre when he met Alan Purnell and began creating the Hitchhiker drawings. Originally the images were intended for Playguy Magazine but they ended up in Him Magazine, where Frey created his popular gay bad-boy hero, Rogue who combines "the mystery of James Bond, the passion of Cassanova, the exploits of the Marquis de Sade and the imagination of Tom of Finland."
Oliver Frey‘s Rogue embodies a whole mythology of gay sex. Some identifed with his predatory nature and others identified with or wanted to be counted among his victims who were generally Rogue’s equal in physical appeal if not in experience. Frey’s extremely homoerotic comics usually show the reader attractive young men in sexual peril, either forced into situations beyond their control or driven to dangerous situations by their own unrestrained libido.
Frey’s work was part of an underground era unfetterrered by things such as political correctness, and there are some failrly hot if COMPLETELY politically incorrect subjects of which he left us with graphic interpretations. More on that in the Poll after this gallery…
Since the late 90s, Oliver Frey has been working as publishing director for Thalamus Publishing in Shropshire, which specializes in illustrated historical reference titles.
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