Thursday, April 30, 2009

John Weidemann -- at!

Click here for 32 more shots of Mr. Weidemann, taken by Bruce of LA!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Scott Manley by Champion

Here are a couple of shots of this blond wonder that didn't appear at the old site. Thanks to P. for sending me a shot of him the other day and jogging my memory -- I hope you like this upgrade, buddy!

Also included is a drawing by RAW -- Richard A. White -- from some skin mag of the 80s. Looks familiar! A little artistic license used here, but what the heck!

Daddy's Muscles

...with thanks to Robert!

Uncle Forry's Dracula Ring to be auctioned...

I have been a life-long fan of classic science fiction and horror films. In the 70s, every Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 PM, I could be found glued to the TV set, watching Channel 56's Creature Double Feature. I still read an occasional SF novel (there's a new C.J. Cherryh "Foreigner" book out I need to buy) and love to watch the old flicks on the new widescreen TV...

But while I was a big fan, there was only one GREATEST fan of science fiction, and that was Forrest J. Ackerman. Uncle Forry, as he was known to all who knew him (or of him), was there at the beginning -- from the first issue of "Amazing Stories" and going to see the silent classic "Metropolis" over 100 times -- heck, he even coined the term "sci-fi" -- he was the greatest champion of the joys of science fiction, fantasy and horror that ever lived. He was the creator and editor of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" and ran that magazine for its first 25 years of publication. Over his lifetime he gathered literally hundreds of thousands of pieces of memorabilia which he kept in open display at his home, the "Ackermansion," and fans from around the world were welcomed with open arms to view that wondrous treasure trove and hear stories about such greats as Lugosi, Karloff and Chaney from a man who knew them personally.

Strangely, I have never read an issue of FM, but I always read his articles in the sadly-missed "Scarlet Street" magazine. During the few years I lived in Los Angeles, I didn't get to see the collection, but I did get to meet the man himself at a screening of Ib Melchior's "The Time Travelers" -- possibly the best time travel movie ever, and one in which Forry made one of his hundreds of film cameos. I got Ib Melchior and Uncle Forry to sign my VHS copy of "The Time Travelers" at that screening -- it is one of my dearest possessions.

I read in the paper this morning that Uncle Forry's prized possession, a ring worn by Bela Lugosi as Dracula, was to be auctioned off in the next day or so. Yes, Uncle Forry died last December, but this news just really hit it home -- the classic age of sci-fi really has passed away. Frankly, I would have thought that the ring would have been buried with the man. I really hope that it is being auctioned at his express wishes to help plump up his estate for his heirs.

Thanks for the memories, Uncle Forry!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Steve Pierce, 1964 - 2009

Steve Pierce was a wonderful performer on the leather/fetish side of the gay porn industry and a personal favorite of mine. He and his partner got married last year during those brief moments when it was legal in California -- they had been together for 21 years! More on this sad news can be found here and here.

Farewell, Steve -- you will be missed, and you will not be forgotten!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Alphaville - Romeos

Alphaville is one of my favorite music groups, and this song is taken from their third album, "The Breathtaking Blue" -- an absolutely beautiful album that I've listened to constantly for the last 20 years. I was browsing through YouTube and stumbled over this video for the song "Romeos." Apparently all the songs on the album were turned into videos by directors from around the world -- this one is directed by Australian Ian Pringle and stars the then up-and-coming young actor Noah Taylor, who has quite an IMDB resume.

Marian Gold's voice really soars in this song. I hope you like it!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

John Hamill by John Barrington

That's it for today, fellas -- have a great one!

unknown stunner by Royale

Royale and Hussar were studio names used by Basil Clavering.

John Hague by John Graham

Ted Gutteridge by Pete Dobing

Sad to say, I don't have any ID's on this, other than it came form a cache of files that included a great number of British studio photos. He looks very familiar -- I'm sure someone will help us out soon!

Updated 4/29/09! Many thanks to D A N (is this my old Yahoogroup buddy?) for ID'ing Mr. Gutteridge!

Ron Dobinson by Pete Dobing

Something to keep an eye out for --

Author and fellow physique buff Rupert Smith has a new novel set for publication this November, "Man's World." As he wrote me, "it’s set partly in the present day, partly 50 years ago, substantially in the world of physique photography. (The title, of course, comes from a very popular British physique mag of the period.)" Sounds like a must-read to me, guys! I hope he gets some distribution here in the States, but in any event, I will post a link to as soon as the publication date nears.

Chris Averkiou by Scott

Mike Scudder by Hussar

Let's take another look at Britain today...

I wonder if EM Forster had someone like this in mind for "Maurice" --?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Don Len by Frank Collier

One last Golden Boy to end the night... sleep tight, fellas!

David Zurborg by Bruce of LA

Another classic Golden Boy -- from a time when every boy's best friend was the comb in his back pocket!

Bud Counts -- by AMG?

This one is unattributed in my files, but it sure looks like an AMG to me. What an amazing Golden Boy Bud was!

Larry Farrell by AMG

John Grimek by Lon of NY


Seymour Koenig -- proud prizewinner

Mark Edwards by Bruce of LA

Bruce always made a good use of red!

Thanks to Robert for the nice butt-shot -- a wonderful upgrade to the one I had in my files!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"In the Flesh" with Joe Leitel, Don Fuller and Roger Devereau

Apollo was one of the studio names used by Dick Fontaine.

Be sure to turn your speakers on, boys -- this one actually has sound!

Joe Leitel

Two of these photos have been attributed to Bruce of LA, but I can't be sure of any of these at this moment.

Joe Leitel was an amiable young man who dropped trou for many photographers in the 60s. He ducked in and out of the gay porn industry throughout the 70s and 80s, appearing as late as 1989 in a Man's Hand spanking film. He is one of the featured interviewees in the wonderful 1998 documentary/drama "Beefcake."

bulky but buff

Love a muscler in white trunks!

hard - humpy - happy

Naked in the living room when the 'rents are away for the weekend... ;-)

beautiful young muscler

naked guys, just for fun

Jack Wrangler, 1946 - 2009

I just learned via Will Clark's blog that iconic 70s porn star Jack Wrangler died yesterday.

Some notices can be found here, here and here.