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The SUPERSEXY Beefcake Heroes of… Joe Phillips

Joe Phillips’ "Beefcake Heroes" gallery showing at Alexander Salazar Fine Art during SDCC 2011 made quite a splash both with the attending fanboys and with the internet media. Soon after his supersexy shots of well-known superheroes in various states of undress were burning up the web. At the time I saved them for a rainy day, meaning to significantly expand my original Joe Phillips post and split it into two galleries. Luckily, it rained over the weekend. I left his Joeboys in the first post and have combined the "Beefcake Heroes" images with his superhero work and convention sketches.

Original X-Men from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011
Thor from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 Element Lad (convention illustration) Iron Man from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 A super shot from Joe Phillips Joeboys collection
Joe Phillips drawing of X-Factor (Random, Strong Guy, Havok, Polaris, Wolfsbane and Madrox)

Joe Phillips began his career as a traditional comic book artist. His first professional job was cover artist for Mister Miracle #7 in 1989 and he continued on the title until its end in 1991. He then went on to create visuals for such popular titles as “Justice League of America”, “Silver Surfer”, “X-Men”, “Legion of Super-Heroes”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Lobo”, Captain America”, “Wolverine”, “Green Lantern” and “Superboy.” He was also a regular contributor to the Marvel Illustrated Swimsuit Specials, so these kinds of Beefcake Heroes are right up his alley.

Nightwing from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 A super shot from Joe Phillips Joeboys collection Power Boy by Joe Phillips (convention illustration) Iceman (original X-Man Bobby Drake) by Joe Phillips
Legion of Super-Heroes from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 Boys Night Out by Joe Phillips (Colossus, Wolverine, Cyclops and Nightcrawler)
Wiccan and Hulkling by Joe Phillips (convention illustration) Batman from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 Northstar and Chamber (convention illustration) Beast Boy from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011

It wasn’t until his work on "Superboy & Risk: Double Shot" (Feb 1998) that Joe sexualized his hero a bit more than was the norm and dropped "a few gay hints in the background." These "hints" were picked up by a number of gay fanboys at the time and actually led to Joe creating a regular homoerotic cartoon strip for XY magazine called… Joeboys. The wild succcess of his Joeboys led him to mainly leave his traditional comics background and focus on creating art for the gay community.

Excalibur (Shadowcat, Nightcrawler and Phoenix) by Joe Phillips
Dr. Strange from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 A super shot from Joe Phillips Joeboys collection Green Lantern from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 Captain America from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011
Colossus from the Marvel Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by Joe Phillips A super shot from Joe Phillips Joeboys collection

In 1999 Joe Phillips co-founded Xodus USA which sold clothing and gay-themed accessories. Joe released his first annual Boys Will Be Boys calendar in 2001 and by 2003 Bruno Gmunder had published a collection of the calendar images that was so popular the publisher re-released it in 2007 with double the content.

Gambit from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 Winter from the Wildstorm Swimsuit Special Northstar and ? (SDCC 2010 convention illustration) Daxamite Legionaire Mon-el by Joe Phillips (convention illustration)
Iceman from the Marvel Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by Joe Phillips PRISM comics wraparound cover for the 2007 LGBT guide to comics
Northstar and Chamber (convention illustration) Superboy (convention illustration) Shazam from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 Spiderman from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011

Joe Phillips has also created a number of homoerotic animated films. His first, Cumquest was a Star Trek spoof. His second film, The House of Morecock was released in 2001 and nominated for a GayVN award in 2002. He released his first CGI film, Stonewall and Riot in 2006.

He launched Xodus magazine in 2003 and has since created artwork for ID Lube, Elbow Grease, Inside Pride, Jocko Underwear, Odyssey Magazine, Gloss Magazine, Gay and Lesbian Times San Diego, Freshmen, All Boy, Cyber Socket, and Prism Comics plus singers Ari Gold, Justus Boys, Alan Gnuo and Levi Kreis. He also created the art for the comic book character “Rage”, which featured in the second season of the Showtime series Queer as Folk.

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Cosmic Bok by Joe Phillips (convention illustration) Golden Eagle by Joe Phillips (convention illustration) Superman from Joe Phillips gallery showing of "Beefcake Heroes" at Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego during SDCC 2011 Worlds Finest Boys at Play by Joe Phillips
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Joe Phillips "Beefcake Heroes" series does nothing more than put iconic male heroes in the provocative poses traditionally found more in erotic pin ups than comic strips.

"Comic art is finally coming out of the closet," he said. "The heroes and their fans can’t ignore they are sexy."

Comic artists have been doing that to female heroes (and villainesses) for years and Joe Phillips is a firm believer that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. THANKS JOE! In the Huffington Post interview Phillips mentions a possible follow up to the series with Beefcake Villains!!!

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The EXTREMELY Homoerotic Art of… BEAU

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… Beau.

The mysterious Californian painter and illustrator usually known as BEAU (a.k.a. Beau Bell, a.k.a. ?) was born in 1959 to a wealthy family… his mother was an independent and beautiful, southern debutante who "looked like Dietrich, smoked like Davis, and behaved like Bankhead," while his Banker father was an entitled and supremely privileged snob with an exclusive Manhattan and Boston pedigree. Either by example or lack thereof, the unhappy (according to Beau) pair certainly taught him one thing… to enjoy the finer things in life. Even his pseudonym (presumably) is French for male beauty.

The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell

Described as a sexual "maverick" and "very attractive and wealthy man in his 50s," Beau the artist and the man seems to do his best to enjoy the good life to the fullest. He once asked and answered the most important question… "Who would decline an invitation to life’s grand discothèque? I certainly didn’t. Why should you?" Famed homoerotic publisher Bruno Gmunder invited Beau up to the show with a multi-volume set collecting his works – Beaumen, Beaumen 2 and Beaumen – Beau (a collection of presumably unsendable? postcards). Link chain will lead to available copies.

Beau Men - Beau: Comics, Pages: 64, Size: 21x28 cm / 8.25x11.25 inch, Format: Softcover, Colour: full colour, ISBN 3861876493, August 2004, 14,95 € Beau Men - Beau: Postcardbook, Pages: 12, Size: 12.5x18,0 cm / 5x7 inch, Format: Softcover, Colour: full colour, ISBN 3861876507, August 2004, 5,00 € Beau Men 2 - Beau: Comics, Pages: 64, Size: 21x27,5 cm / 8.25x11.25 inch, Format: Hardcover, Colour: full colour, ISBN 386187959x, August 2005, 19,95 €

Many of the lush, expressive Beau images gathered in this gallery and collected in the volumes Beaumen and Beaumen 2 were created to illustrate the wildly erotic stories of 90s gay magazines such as Advocate Men, Freshmen and Torso. The artists’ own arousal is apparent in his work – and his horny "carpe diem" themed quotes seem to infer interaction with his many muscular muses.

The Act: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell The Pastor's Son: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell Tension: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell The Workout Partner: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell
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As young man in Manhattan, Beau soon found "The Village" a frequent and liberating refuge. He found himself accepted despite his "class, appearance, and blue blazered mind," and soon began a gateway romance with a charming rogue who played "Big Daddy" to his Protege and introduced him to a new world of literary celebrities, drugs and worldly conversation in dim smoky rooms.

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Beau’s intense scenes of dominance and submission provoke and envelop the voyeuristic viewer into a world filled with dark fantasies of of power and devotion. His entirely "American, Hollywoodesque style" unleashes primal gay archetypes upon the viewer yet manages to explore beyond mere fetish and flesh and capture the yearning for love and physical contact behind the unforgiving façade of sexual desire.

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The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell Watching Shower: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell The Initiation: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell

His nighttime forays into The Village garnered Beau a bit TOO much attention and after some "private" photos were published in some "less than mainstream" magazines, Beau blew town and tried to lay low in Berkeley and San Francisco, even spending some time in an ashram. None of these destinations did much to placate his angry father and Beau found himself shipped off (and booked Coach no less) to "Southern California to live with the savages in disgrace."

The Metamorphosis of Christopher Bradford: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell The Lord Won't Mind (Cover Art for: One for the Gods): The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell
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The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell

Family connections set him up with a highly lucrative writer/producer deal at Paramount, which despite a lack of ability or sucess allowed untouchable access to the hidden rooms of Hollywood, and anywhere the family clount didn’t get him in, his "tight jeans, velvet shirts, and longish golden hair" opened doors. He arrived a "fan" but soon, his time in Hollywood helped him brush the stars out of his eyes and into his bed.

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Juvenile Offender: The Extremely homoerotic art of Beau Bell

Beau suffered a tragic car accident in 2002 and has been unable to continue painting – a true loss to the future annals of homoerotic art. According to information found over at Beautiful Mag he went on to a new photography career. I’ll amend this article once I have additional info on where to find Beau’s photographic works, but thus far I am unable to find current info on him (aside from his current obsession/understanding with his "enigmatic mercurial delinquent"… Sebastian).

Beau Men - Beau: Comics, Pages: 64, Size: 21x28 cm / 8.25x11.25 inch, Format: Softcover, Colour: full colour, ISBN 3861876493, August 2004, 14,95 € Beau Men - Beau: Postcardbook, Pages: 12, Size: 12.5x18,0 cm / 5x7 inch, Format: Softcover, Colour: full colour, ISBN 3861876507, August 2004, 5,00 € Beau Men 2 - Beau: Comics, Pages: 64, Size: 21x27,5 cm / 8.25x11.25 inch, Format: Hardcover, Colour: full colour, ISBN 386187959x, August 2005, 19,95 €

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The Homoerotic Art of… George Quaintance

The work of HISTORICAL HOMOEROTIC HALL OF FAME NOMINEE George Quaintance (June 3, 1902 – November 8, 1957) may seem tame compared to that of a number of the other artists featured in The Erotic Art of… series. This is largely due to the fact that he preceeded most of them by about 50 years. When he was 18, Quaintance moved from his family’s home in Stanley, Virgina to the bright lights of New York where he studied drawing, painting and dance at the Art Students League.

The art of George Quaintance (June 3, 1902 – November 8, 1957)

A true renaissance man, George Quaintance was not only a talented painter, commercial and portrait artist, but was also a dancer, a designer of stage sets, interiors and New York department store windows as well as a make-up artist and hairstylist to the stars (Gloria Swanson, Jeannette MacDonald, Lily Pons, New York socialites, and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes).

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George Quaintance is often confused with contemporary pin-up girl artist of the 1930s George Quintana. Some maintain they were in fact the same person, but aside from both artists being linked to the famously lovely actress Hedy Lamarr (Quintana painted a portrait Ms Lamarr and Quaintance apparently was her hairdresser at one time) little evidence has surfaced to support that notion.

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George Quaintance and his contemporaries often depicted "men of Mexican and Indian ethnicities" or classical Adonis’ in order to obscure the titilating homoerotic nature of the images behind a believeable mask of anthropological academia. The muscular machismo of the "Latin lovers, lusty cowboys and chiseled ranch hands" that populate his idealized wild west settings in many ways is the forerunner of the masculine studly archetype made popular by later homoerotic artists influenced by Quaintance, such as Tom of Finland.

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Despite being described as "obviously and actively homosexual," George Quaintance spent much of his life "being discrete." He briefly (for less than a year) married dance partner and classically trained ballerina Miriam Chester in 1929. Nearly ten years later, in 1938, Quaintaince brought home Victor Garcia, a handsome young native Puerto Rican who, despite the coming and going of several other handsome young Hispanic lovers, became the artist’s "model, life partner, and business associate" until Quaintance’s untimely death.

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In 1948, they moved to Los Angeles, California, where Quaintance specialized in painting and photographing male athletes for popular physique magazines. One of his paintings graced the cover for the first issue of AMG’s (Athletic Model Guild) Physique Pictorial and his work was prominently featured in the magazine for many years. By the early 1950s, Quaintance and Garcia set up his own studio in Phoenix, Arizona, where over the last six years of his life, the artist created the 60 oil-on-canvas works for which he is most known.

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The art of George Quaintance (June 3, 1902 – November 8, 1957)

At the time of his death of a heart attack, November 8, 1957, he was "the premier male physique artist of a repressed era." Homoerotic imagery was far from mainstream, yet Quaintance’s work was not only popular, it was sought after – so much so that near the end of his career he was unable to keep up with the demand.

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The EXTREMELY Homoerotic Art of… Ben Kimura

The work of INTERNATIONAL HOMOEROTIC HALL OF FAME NOMINEE Ben Kimura (January 1947 – February 18, 2003) graced covers of many Japanese gay magazines from the early 1970s through 2002. During this time, Ben Kimura was the regular (near the point of exclusivity) cover artist and story illustrator for Barazoku and Sabu magazines. His playful, sweet yet not quite innocent illustrations of strapping brunette boys have since inspired generations of artistically inclined gay countrymen to follow in his footsteps.

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The first magazine of its kind in Japan, Barazoku may have ceased publication in 2004, but the term "bara" continues its legacy as a Japanese slang term for gay and as the name for a sub-genre of homoerotic manga. While the more well-known Yaoi is homoerotic manga (art comics and anime) featuring pretty boys and written for girls, Bara is homoerotic manga featuring muscular young men and written primarily for gay men.

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Most of Ben Kimura’s work I’ve found is in the more bland PG-13 range (possibly due to restrictions on what could appear on magazine covers?), but I managed to include a few full frontal shots as well as some man on man action.

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I’ve found many instances of a reference to a biography of Ben Kimura by Gengoroh Tagame from his work titled Gay Erotic Art in Japan – but I haven’t been able to locate the actual bio (if you have it scan and send me a copy PLEASE?). According to the reference, Kimura also produced stories and comics for Barazoku and Sabu but reproductions do not appear to be availabe in the west.

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The representative works of Ben Kimura presented here are from a tribute edition of Tan Pan Body published shortly after his sudden and unexpected death from a heart attack in 2003. Tan Pan Body is primarily a collection of covers done for Sabu magazine prior to 1997.

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Ben Kimura’s total canon is huge and now in the hands of his partner and artistic executor Kihira Kai.  Works from this collection are still being published in G-Men magazine.

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Kimura also had a hand in early YAOI publications of June and Allan in illustrations he provided for these magazines. Tan Pan Body is available at: RainbowShoppers and GProject

Unique among contemporary Japanese homoerotic artists, Kimura’s style combines alluringly masculine idealized yet bodies with petulant, moody, brooding, soulful yet always sensuous boyish faces. His boys retain a certain essence of boyish innocence and beauty yet the works still feel like stolen erotic moments between men. Is it just me or do his boys look vaguely like Taylor Lautner?

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The EXTREMELY Homoerotic Art of… Kent Neffendorf

CONTEMPORARY HOMOEROTIC HALL OF FAME NOMINEE: American homoerotic artist Kent Neffendorf was born in 1959 in the state of Texas. After high school, he migrated East to New York City where he studied art and received his BFA at Parsons School of Design. Kent worked as a freelance artist in New York for several years before he headed west in the 80s.

Beach Ass by Kent Neffendorf

The first monthly gay magazine to publish the illustrations of Kent Neffendorf was Mandate in 1988. But it was far from the last. In the early 90s, Kent’s illustrations appeared often in the fiction publication Friction, and his soon his work began appearing in Men and Freshmen magazines circa 1992.

Triumphant by Kent Neffendorf Title Unknown by Kent Neffendorf Shy Guy - by Kent Neffendorf Beach View by Kent Neffendorf
Waiting for Rod by Kent Neffendorf Take Down by Kent Neffendorf
Bus Stop by Kent Neffendorf Bachelor Party by Kent Neffendorf Title unknown by Kent Neffendorf After the Game by Kent Neffendorf

Kent Neffendorf was published in over 100 issues of popular gay entertainment publications, including: Men, Mandate, Playguy, Freshmen, Torso, Honcho, Inches, In Touch, Indulge, and even The Advocate.

Buttin in in Jail by Kent Neffendorf by Kent Neffendorf
Title unknown by Kent Neffendorf by Kent Neffendorf Cell Block by Kent Neffendorf Too Hot by Kent Neffendorf
Diamonds by Kent Neffendorf Seafood by Kent Neffendorf

In addition to being featured in many of the biggest gay magazines, the work of Kent Neffendorf also has graced the covers of the novels of Gordon Merrick, Felice Picano and Vincent Virga.

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The Johnson Account by Kent Neffendorf Snow Cone by Kent Neffendorf
Garden Party by Kent Neffendorf Piano by Kent Neffendorf Beach Cruising by Kent Neffendorf Thanksgiving by Kent Neffendorf

Kent Neffendorf is on the short list of homoerotic artists whose work has been featured by the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles. He has also exhibited at Leslie Lohman and New York and Eros in San Francisco.

John by Kent Neffendorf Five Guys by Kent Neffendorf
Measuring It by Kent Neffendorf Shower by Kent Neffendorf Screwing Sgt St... by Kent Neffendorf T Lion - Birthday Beefcake by Kent Neffendorf
Lifestyles by Kent Neffendorf Hot Rods by Kent Neffendorf

There isn’t much biographical info available on Kent Neffendorf, but I will amend this article if I’m able to track down some more pertinent details about this amazing artist. He tied with Logan for first place in our last poll. Next up… Ben Kimura!

The Hunter by Kent Neffendorf The Blue Door by Kent Neffendorf Voyeur by Kent Neffendorf Divorced Dick by Kent Neffendorf
Jockstrap Boots by Kent Neffendorf

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The EXTREMELY Homoerotic Art of… Logan Kowalsky

INTERNATIONAL HOMOEROTIC HALL of FAME NOMINEE:

Usually known by just his first name, the famous French homoerotic artist Logan Kowalsky’s work stands apart from that of his contemporaries and inspiring influences largely due to his subjects. Perhaps it is because Logan seems to favor the broad-shouldered, heavy jawed, bulky, wrestler-like “Muscle Bear” types that he often deviates from the usual overly pretty manorexic glamor twinks seen featured in most of today’s homoerotic artworks and films. But he also goes beyond the Bear with highly sexualized images of character like wanton chubby, Benjamin Foley a.k.a. “Porky” – who stars in all 3 volumes of Porky from ClassComics. Of course regardless of body type, all his men sport the impossibly oversize meaty cocks we all love.

Art from Class Comics PORKY by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org

Like many of today’s comic artists, Logan Kowalsky grew up reading comic books. By the age of 12, the young Logan began “drawing his favorite superheros and knew almost immediately that he had found a love for something that went beyond adolescent fantasy. He knew then that he wanted to draw cartoons for the rest of his life.”

Art from Class Comics PORKY by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org Commissioned Art by Logan from the Fantasy Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art from Class Comics Pornomicon by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org Art from Class Comics Demios by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org
Art by Logan from the Slash Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art from Class Comics Demios by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org
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As a young fan, Logan studied the work of his favorite comic artists… such as Sal Buscema, Mike Mignola, Bruce Timm, John Byrne, (more recent favorites include: Stuart Immonen, Chris Sprouse and Naoki Urasawa). He taught himself to emulate a variety of styles, “learning from their shading and inking techniques and developing his own inspiration and ideas as his skills developed.”

Commissioned Art by Logan from the Flyers Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Gravity by Logan from the Sf Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org
Art from Class Comics Demios by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org Commissioned Art by Logan from the Bears Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art by Logan from the Army Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org
The Sleeper by Logan from the Sf Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art by Logan from the Chubbies Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org

Logan currently lives in Oissel, Normandy, France, where he pursues “his work, not for necessity, but because it is what he loves doing.” He spends all of his days occupied with drawing (and working one out every time he turns himself on with his art), storytelling and playing his electric guitar. In a recent interview with Jezza Smiles, he shared some interesting tidbuts, including: Logan is a top (but would gladly bend over for “Batman” or “a bunch of angry bikers”) who chooses Shape-Shifting over any other superpower. Logan’s Biggest Turn On is “Pig Squealing” and Biggest Turn Off is “Sexy Underwear.”

Art by Logan from the Chubbies Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Commissioned Art by Logan from the Flyers Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art from Class Comics PORKY by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org Art from Class Comics Demios by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org
Art by Logan from the Old Stuff Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art by Logan from the Slash Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org
Art by Logan from the Army Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art by Logan from the Polar Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art from Class Comics Pornomicon by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org

An openly gay man, Logan proudly proclaims on his website, “Those who know me can tell you..I’m a total sex maniac, and I’m proud of it!” He goes on to say that he loves to talk about sex and that fact should be very evident from the characters that he creates as most of them are manly, dominant and love cock. He says he can stop talking about sex if he is a really good boy, for about 15 minutes…about the time it takes him to give a really good blowjob.

Art by Logan from the Slash Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org The Prisoner by Logan from the Sf Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org
Art by Logan from the Bears Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art from Class Comics Pornomicon by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org Commissioned Art by Logan from the Bears Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art by Logan from the Security Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org
Nightwolf, Cub and Bull by Logan from the Superheroes Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Builders by Logan from the Old Stuff Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org

Logan’s portfolio website (LoganPornComics.org) hosts an extensive catalog of works divided in a variety of themed galleries: Bears, Chubbies, Super-Heroes, Police, Army, Fantasy and Sci-Fi as well as several online comics (“A Cops Day,“ “Homophobic,“ “Dr. Strange,“ “Daddy“ and “Male, Inc.) and a collection of Wallpapers. He also has another site called LoganBackroom.

Art from Class Comics PORKY by Logan of LoganPorncomics.org Commissioned Art by Logan from the Flyers Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art by Logan from the Police Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org Art by Logan from the Police Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org
Art by Logan from the Old Stuff Gallery at LoganPorncomics.org

ClassComics recently published Demios #2 – Illustrated by Logan and written by the publisher’s founder Patrick Fillion. Additionally from Class Comics are his series “Porky” (3 issues published), a “HP Lovecraft meets a gay porn orgy” titled The Pornonicon and his Meaty Christmas Special. Expect to see more of Porky in the coming years as Logan is currently “hard at work” on issues 4 and 5 of the popular Class Comics Series.

His work can also be found in “Bear Mag” (where he draws a one page strip comic and a few illustrations in each issue) as well as in the French magazine, Fanzine Dokkun. His French publisher, H&O Comics has also published his complete works of “Porky“, “The Pornomicon“, “Deimos” and others.

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The EXTREMELY Homoerotic Art of… Harry Bush

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 artist who had a major contribution to the advancement of homoerotic art) is… Harry Bush.

If you remember or have heard of Harry Bush and are familiar with his sunny, sexy and often humorous homoerotic images, you might have assumed his name was a tongue-in-cheek pseudonym. It wasn’t. Harry Bush was his real name (though online comments from his niece claim he was born Wayne and later adopted his father’s name of Harry Bush).

Harry Bush was "discovered" by Bob Mizer who introduced Bush to the Los Angeles gay community (with which Harry Bush could not identify) and helped him get published.

The homoerotic art of Harry Bush

NOTE: while most of his work was black and white, some color images may be authentic and others may have been colored by devoted fans.

Harry Bush’s masterful drawings of exceptionally well-endowed and deceptively innocent All-American Californian surfer hunks were featured in magazines such as Physique Pictorial, Mr. Sun, Touch, Drummer, The Alternate, Manifest and Stroke throughout the 60s and 70s. Although his work was as popular, recognized and recognizable as that of contemporaries such as Tom of Finland, an inability to come to terms with his own orientation and fear of being outed (and losing his military pension) led Harry Bush to destroy much of his own work and to become even more of an an embittered enigmatic recluse, "derisive of gay culture."

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His private life seems to have been somewhat bereft of the exuberant and oft-exhibitionistic joy we see in his work. His years in the ultra-macho ultra-closeted military indoctrinated Bush in what he later refered to as "the standard heterosexual revulsion of queers." It wasn’t until he was stationed in England that he was able to even come out to himself. In the early 1960s at the age of 40, Harry Bush retired from the military to relocate to Los Angeles where his artistic talent was discovered by physique photographer Bob Mizer (founder of The Athletic Model Guild and sometimes called the father of modern male nude photography).

It was Mizer who introduced Bush to the LA gay scene; it wasn’t a happy meeting. After spending his entire career in the closet Bush failed to find his liberated utopia among the queers of LA and was instead revolted by his new circumstances.

The epitome of the tormented closeted gay artist, Harry Bush‘s creative talent was often in direct conflict with his own personal demons. Over the course of his uniformed military career, he served in the USAF for 30 years during WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Wars, was a secret document courier before finally ending up behind a desk at the Pentagon.

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Harry Bush regularly had problems with editors who ignored his specifications when printing his work – often printing his delicate and subtle pencil shading darker than intended, making it appear "rough and course." Eventually, Bush also had fallings out with most of his long-tern friends and aquaintances, but in later life (and poor health) was befriended by Robert L Mainardi (who runs a collectibles shop called The Magazine on Larkin Street) who was given the rights to do as he wished with the artist’s works and said the following about the reclusive artist in his books’ introduction…

Bush was one of the most irascible and misanthropic individuals I’ve ever met, an old hermit crab living in a cast-off shell that sheltered him from the perceived slights of society at large, and gay society in particular.

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In the end, after a long and harrowing hospital stay made Bush worry that the neighbor looking after the place would get into his locked upstairs workroom and discover his secret life, he called up Mainardi and told him he could haul all the stuff away — in trash bags. “I don’t want any money for any of this shit, Bob,” he told his last remaining friend over the phone. “I just want to get rid of it.”

The artist himself could ask no more of what Mainardi has assembled. Harry Bush: Hard Boys (available in my Amazon store) is an impressive 200-page collection of gorgeous cock-teasing raunchiness lovingly rendered with classical technique on heavy stock. Edited by ROBERT MAINARDI, who also wrote the introduction, the book also includes a foreword is by THOMAS WAUGH and an afterword by JIM FRENCH.

Harry Bush: Hard Boys

Harry Bush: Hard Boys examines the life and work of this brilliant, mysterious, and paradoxical gay artist. Featured are some of Bush’s best-known works along with previously unpublished drawings from the artist’s private sketchbooks, as well as excerpts from Bush’s correspondence that offer insight into a complex personality: egomaniacal artist, self-critical individual, frustrated homosexual, and acerbic social commentator. This eagerly awaited collection allows fans to rediscover Bush’s witty, beautifully executed work while exposing it to a much wider audience.

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Mainardi met the artist in the last decade of his life when, sick with emphysema, Bush was “tethered to an oxygen tank” in a modest San Juan Capistrano condo, with, nevertheless, “a cigarette burning at all times.” He smoked “incessantly,” recalls Mainardi, “and was usually surrounded by overflowing ashtrays.” The artist would die of the disease in 1994.

Despite using his real name when signing his work, Harry Bush managed to hide his work from his extended family. They apparently wasn’t aware of his fame as a homoerotic artist until after his death and didn’t find any of his work in his condo because Bush had asked Mainardi to remove it.

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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… Etienne.

There are a handful of artists in the homoerotic genre that can truly be considered pioneers. One such trailblazer is Dom "Etienne" Orejudos, born on July 1st, 1933 in n Chicago IL. Many do not know that the internationally known erotic artist known as Etienne (A.K.A. "Stephen" his middle name and the English translation of his French pseudonym) danced with and was the Illinois Ballet Company’s resident choreographer for 13 years, choreographing over 26 ballets, including The Tin Soldier, The Firebird and Metamorphosis of the Owls. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grands and three Emmy Awards, Dom Orejudos’ critically acclaimed choreography talents were sought for by ballet companies around the country.

Property of Rams by Etienne

A gymnast at McKinly High School, in his home town of Chicago, Etienne received a scholarship to the Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet and from there continued on to the Illinois Ballet Company. While still in High School, Dom was publishing his erotic works under the exotic sounding name of "Etienne" in pre-Stonewall gay “physique” magazines such as Tomorrow’s Man, Adonis, Physique Pictorial and The Young Physique.

Etienne Erotica: Book 1 Etienne Erotica: Book 2

He gradually refined a distinction in artistic names based on the medium he was working in. He kept Dom for his more ambitious oils, acrylics and pencil works (giving homage mythical men of might and brawn. Sometimes these large works show strong relationships to classical paintings of the past although he often interchanged the Greek and Roman gods with his leather-clad tough boys and waterfront thugs) and used Stephen for his cartoon-style pen & ink works.

Barbarians by Etienne Biker Rape by Etienne Johnathon and David by Etienne Night Patrol by Etienne
Cellmates by Etienne Office Party by Etienne
Cadets by Etienne Biker Rape by Etienne Prison Punk by Etienne Shaven by Etienne

While only 16 or 17, Dom met his future partner in 20 year old Chuck Renslow (Photographer and founder of physique pictorial publisher Kris Studios in the 50s). Chuck approached Dom and high school buddy Jim Klaja at the "Oak Street Beach" to ask him to pose for photographs. Chuck was immediately smitten with the young artist and helped and encouraged Dom to become a published artist. In 1963, when Renslow founded the physique magazine Mars, Etienne was a regular contributor. The two shared a relationship that lasted for over 40 years, partnering together for a number of ventures including International Mr. Leather, the Gold Coast Bar, Man’s Country, Zolar, Pyramid and Center Stage.

Night Patrol by Etienne Etienne in his world
Lick 'em by Etienne Highrise Neighbors by Etienne Tattooed Sailor by Etienne War Buddies by Etienne
Etienne in his world Cellmates by Etienne

Etienne was a big fan of the work of Tom of Finland and vice versa. The two were introduced by mutual friend Durk Dehner (President of the Tom of Finland Foundation) who had this to say about the Etienne…

Etienne will go own in homoerotic history as being the quintessential humorist. His typical formats have one or more characters as the brunt of the joke, many times under severe physical torment, all for the sexual gratification of another of his ruffians. His relaxed mastery of figurative cartoon illustration, along with a superb ability for gutter dialogue, produced the kind of stories that we were always wishing for when reading Flash Gordon and Spider Man, but never got until Etienne/Stephen entered our lives.

by Etienne by Etienne Barbarians by Etienne Cellmates by Etienne
Leather Land by Etienne Fight in Bar by Etienne
Leatherman by Etienne Foot Lappers by Etienne Cadet by Etienne Mother Truckers by Etienne

Under the name of Stephen, Dom published story booklets filled with beautiful masculine studs (military men, ranch hands and other "tough guy bad boys from the wrong side of the tracks") in bizarre situations where the only release from the threat of death or severe sexual punishment was performing perverse, oftentimes humorous, sexual acts. "In fantasy anything is possible and nothing has consequences; for it’s just make believe." Like his friend and contemporary Tom of Finland, Dom worried that over time people might misinterpret his works. Etienne and ToF mutual friend Durk Dehner says that both artists believed "within the realm of fantasy and art there are no limits, and that is the fun of it, yet in the real world such unsafe "no-limits" scenarios are not acceptable.

Letters page image by Etienne Leather Land by Etienne
Cowboy Groupies by Etienne Cellmates by Etienne Rough Games by Etienne Pot Smokers by Etienne
Musclebody by Etienne Hot Broncs by Etienne

Dom "Etienne" Orejudos died at the age of 58 of AIDS on Sept. 24 1991 in Boulder CO (where he had lived since 1981) and was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1992.

Cellmates by Etienne Pirates by Etienne Sporting Life by Etienne Leather by Etienne
Rough Games by Etienne

Two perviously published volumes collecting his work may available thru the tertiary links found on the Etienne page of the QueerSUPE store. I haven’t found any more recent publications, Please let me know if you have knowledge of any others.

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INTERNATIONAL and HISTORIC HOMOEROTIC HALL of FAME NOMINEE:

Japan’s "greatest homoerotic artist", Sadao Hasegawa (長谷川サダオ, Hasegawa Sadao, 1945(?) – November 20, 1999) created compelling works that were both deeply erotic and spiritual. His work has historical roots in the premodern Shunga works which depicted both hetero and homo erotic scenes as well as a wide range of fetishes, but is peppered with the mythology of other cultures as well as modern elements.

the work of Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa - from Paradise Visions

His work often incorporates Japanese, Indian, South-East Asian and African mythology with bondage and sadomasochistic scenes featuring muscular asian men in ectasy. His editor once said "Sadao’s drawings transcend the level of pornography, emulating likenesses found in Buddhist art." The combination of figures and sybolism stylistically inspired by a number of cultures and his extreme sexual situations surrounded by elaborate fantastic settings does lend a certain sacred quality to these erotic fleeting moments.

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Sadao Hasegawa was a principle illustrator for Barazoku (Japan’s most distinguished gay publication) for over 20 years and also appeared in many other gay magazines. The first self-titled book collectiong his works, Sadao Hasegawa was published in 1990 and has been reprinted 3 times, but few copies are still available. A second collection of his work called Paradise Visions was published in 1996.

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Fire Spirit (1981) by Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa the work of Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa the work of Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa Dragon God II (1981) by Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa
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In addition to his obvious historical and cultural inspirations, many of these images are noticebly influenced by the bright colors and geometric design motifs common to the work of many western graphic designers of the 80s as well as the art of western homoerotic illustrators such as Tom of Finland and Etienne as well as the work of his idol, Barazoku illustrator Goh Mishma (1924-1989).

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the work of Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa - from Paradise Visions Kabuki III (1981) Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa
the work of Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa - from Paradise Visions Festivities I (1981) by Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa That Floating Feeling (1980) by Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa the work of Japanese male erotica artist Sadao Hasegawa - from Paradise Visions

Sadly, Sadao Hasegawa committed suicide on November 20, 1999. His body was found in a hotel room where he had hanged himself in a manner that resembled the suicide of a Samurai warrior and left behind a note "asking forgiveness for his life" and a portait he’d painted on a rock of author Yukio Mishima (who committed harikiri when he felt he’d reached perfection). This has led some to infer that the 54 year old Sadao felt his art had reached perfection and therfore similarly decided to end his life.

The mysteries surrounding the death of both men remain deeply rooted in centuries of cultural traditions, philosophies often confusing to the Western mind.

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He left behind a body of work that was almost lost. His brother first threw away all the work he found when cleaning out Sadao’s home, but then rescued what he’d tossed after receiving a letter postmarked from Bangkok before Sadao’s death asking him to see to it that his art would be sold at Naruyama Gallery.

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I’m looking to add more international artists to the HomoErotic Artist index, so if you know of any I should consider, PLEASE leave a comment!

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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… Tom of Finland.

Once called “the most influential creator of gay pornographic images,” Finnish Artist Touko Laaksonen (8 May 1920 – 7 November 1991), is better known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland. His extraordinary stylized homoerotic fetish art were a great influence on gay culture of the late twentieth century.

Tom of Finland was a prolific artist, producing over 3500 illustrations featuring heavily muscled gay archetypes such as lumberjacks, motorcycle policemen, sailors, soldiers, bikers, and leather-men engaged in the animalisticly fleeting intimate moments preceding or during sex. His hunky illustrations usually wear very little and what they DO wear is always nice and tight and generally partially removed.

Image 01 by Tom of Finland

At the age of 19, he moved to the country’s capital Helsinki to study advertising, where he also started secretly drawing homoerotic images for his own pleasure. Conscripted into the Finnish Army in February 1940, second lieutenant Touko Laaksonen served as an anti-aircraft officer during the Winter War. In 1945, he returned to studies at the art college, but later attributed much of his fetishistic interest in uniformed men to encounters he had with men in army uniform while serving.

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His career as Tom of Finland began In 1956 when the conservative social climate prompted Laaksonen to use the anonymous name “Tom” when he submitted drawings to the influential American magazine Physique Pictorial. His image of two log drivers and a voyeuristic 3rd man was published on the cover and others appeared within the Spring 1957 issue, and the editor credited them to “Tom of Finland.”

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From the late-1950s to the early 1960s, his style was definitely cramped by the U.S. censorship codes restricting depiction of “overt homosexual acts.” The outlawing of gay pornography by the conservative and homophobic social culture of the era forced homoerotic publications to disguise themselves as “fitness magazines” until the 1962 Supreme Court case of MANual Enterprises v. Day decreed nude male photographs were no longer obscene. The pretense of being about exercise and fitness was quickly dropped and the newfound freedom allowed Tom of Finland and his contemporaries to publish much more explicit drawings featuring characters with extremely exaggerated anatomical gifts.

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Laaksonen’s vision was influenced by the stylized masculinity of the biker subculture that emerged after WWII. Prior to this era, society’s image of gay men was mostly limited to stereotypical effeminate sissies seen in Vaudville and early films. The art of Tom of Finland and his predecessors/influences (George Quaintance and Etienne) and followers both energized and commercialized an underground leather counter-culture which emerged after World War II and was most popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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The clothing, styling, and persona adopted by large numbers of gay men of the time illustrate the power of his work. Celebrities such as Glenn Hughes of The Village People and others who sported the Castro Clone look might well have just stepped out of a Tom of Finland drawing. Though the iconic leatherman style has evolved some since the height of its popularity in the mid 80s, Laaksonen’s images are still en vogue and appear regularly in today’s gay publications and on the walls of our bars, clubs and remaining bathhouses.

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Not only has Tom of Finland‘s work has been shown in a number of collections in museums internationally, inspired a documentary, and influenced leading artists of his time such as Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pierre et Gilles and countless film makers, but it has also been appropriated by a number of other artists to inspire new works. Most notably in the late 1970s, Laaksonen’s art graced t-shirts featured at SEX, a popular store run by clothes designer Vivienne Westwood and partner Malcolm McLaren.

Durk Dehner and Touko Laaksonen founded the Tom of Finland Company in 1979 to help Tom control pirating of his work. When the AIDS epidemic hit the gay subculture hard in 1984, the Tom of Finland Foundation was formed as a non-profit educational archive to catalog, preserve, restore, and exhibit erotic art created by homoerotic artists many of whom were stricken and sought ways to preserve their works for posterity.

Tom of Finland’s artwork affected his contemporaries and every homoerotic artist who followed in his footsteps. Without his body of work where would the modern generation of homoerotic artists (Patrick Fillion, Ismael Avlarez, HvH, Carlos Garcia, Glenn Hanson, Michael Breyette, Ian Hanks and Josman to name a few) be? They all owe a debt of thanks to Tom of Finland.

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