My bio: I am Dale Lazarov, writer/editor of chic hardcovers of gay comics filth. I have a theory that everyone I collaborate with has a little Curt Swan in them...
At some further length: These are comics pages by Curt Swan that show why he's my favorite comic book artist. Swan’s homoerotics (for me, at least) are tied into how he’s able to represent or allude to both distinctive and relatable emotional states, vulnerability and power, often simultaneously, in facial expression, body language, framing/mise-en-scene and choice of moment. And this goes deeply into the core of how and why STICKY, MANLY, NIGHTLIFE, FANCY, etc, work so well for me and for readers as gay romantic porn comics. Rather than keeping my Curt Swan page samples, close readings of his narrative technique and gay-gazing of his handsome, bulgy dudes between me and my collaborators and comixfriends, I've decided to share my scholarship of and love for Curt Swan with the internets.
Contact e-mail: dalelazarov-at-gmail.com (replace the "-at-" with a @)
— 2009 interview by Tim Young on Deconstructing Comics — http://deconstructingcomics.com/?p=193
— 2010 interview by Tim Goleman on Terminally Single — http://terminallysinglepodcast.com/2010/01/ts-episode-114-dale-lazarov-erotic-comics/
— 2013 interview by Reed Chadwick Hough Black on Drawn This Way — http://dalelazarov.tumblr.com/post/50915170877/hey-drawntw-interviewed-me-for-their-podcast
— 2009 interview by Evan on Gay Porn Talk — http://traffic.libsyn.com/gayporntalk/gaytalk225.m4a
— 2012 interview by Drew and Henry M. Diaz on Oral Fix Podcast — http://traffic.libsyn.com/gayporntalk/gaytalk225.m4a
ATTN: ARTISTS/ILLUSTRATORS/CARTOONISTS OF G+/Tumblr/Facebook/DeviantArt/Twitter/etc: it’s the Homoerotic Sandman Pin-Up Challenge! I challenge you to draw a homoerotic pin-up featuring a character from Neil Gaiman’s *Sandman* comic. Racial, ethnic, cultural, age and body type diversity are especially welcome. Instructions on how to deliver your pin-up are in the next paragraph. :) Here are some examples of homoerotic crossovers:
— Homoerotic Destruction paints his own nude self-portrait!
— Homoerotic Abel knows his Bear fan-base!
— Homoerotic Phantom Stranger keeps his hat on!
— Homoerotic Brute and Glob get their freak on!
— Homoerotic Lucien is a Hot Librarian!
— Homoerotic Corinthian’s butthole has teeth!
And so on! Here’s a useful link that names all *Sandman* characters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Sandman_characters
Your deadline is Sunday, April 12th, 2014. When you are done with your illustration, send the image to firstname.lastname@example.org along with 1) the name you want me to credit for the illustration, 2) a link to your web-presence if you want me to use one with the Tumblr post, and 3) the name you want me to tag on Facebook (friend me if we’re not FB friends!) and/or G+ if you want me to tag you there as well. I will post Homoerotic Sandman Pin-Ups on my tumblog and on my other online presences with link and credit as I receive them. :)
Mike Martinez reviews NIGHTLIFE #1! You can purchase and download NIGHTLIFE #1 at http://www.dalelazarov.com/ :)
Check out the dynamic angle and depth in this Curt Swan splash page! Added value: Groovy futurocouture!
Splash Page From
Action Comics #397 (Feb. 1971)
Authorial intent is indeterminate unless the author specifically states it. And a text can make multiple implications that the author(s) did not intend.
Say, to my gay gaze, Curt Swan’s art is very sexy. He intended to go for grace and athletic realism in his illustration of the male body as he wasn’t gay. Now, my gay gaze sees those and thinks they are sexy. Swan’s intention is not relevant to my homogaziness.
Now, Swan was heavily influenced by the Leyendecker brothers, who WERE gay, but, while they intended homoeroticism in the representation of, say, in the illustration of men’s clothes and sports action, Swan saw grace and athletic realism in the work that he aspired to imitate.
Superman #164, October 1963, cover by Curt Swan and George Klein
This is Homoerotic Superman drawn by Adam Graphite! This is the 8th entry for the Homoerotic Superman Pin-Up Challenge.
ATTN: ARTISTS/ILLUSTRATORS/CARTOONISTS OF G+/Tumblr/Facebook/DeviantArt/Twitter/etc: it’s the Homoerotic Superman Pin-Up Challenge!
I challenge you to make a homoerotic version of a Superman iteration of your choice — pre-existing or your own invention! Racial, ethnic, cultural, age and body type diversity are especially welcome. Instructions on how to deliver your pin-up are at the end of this posting. :)
Any version of Superman in ANY work and medium qualifies for the homoerotic pin-up treatment! Here are some Supermans for you to homoeroticize:
— Homoerotic Barrel-Chested Dad 60s Superman!
— Homoerotic Sunshine Superman, who’s no jive turkey!
— Homoerotic Muscle Hunk 70s Superman!
— Homoerotic Hairy Chested Late-80s Superman!
— Homoerotic Soviet Superman!
— Homoerotic Red Kryptonite Ant-head Superman!
— Homoerotic Hyper-bulgy 90s Superman!
— Homoerotic Long White-Bearded Grampy Superman From The Future!
…and so on! With red underpants preferred, but that’s just my bias. :-D
Your deadline is Sunday, August 4th, 2013. When you are done with your illustration, send the image to email@example.com along with 1) the name you want me to credit for the illustration, 2) a link to your web-presence if you want me to use one with the Tumblr post, and 3) the name you want me to link to on G+ and/or Facebook if you want me to link you there as well. I will post Homoerotic Superman Pin-Ups on my tumblog and on my other online presences with link and credit as I receive them. I will announce category winners after the deadline!
Please reshare with your gay or gay-friendly illustrator and cartoonist friends :)
For Dale Lazarov’s homoerotic Superman challenge
Wonder Woman character design sheet by Curt Swan!
that headline lettering tho
Hey! drawntw interviewed me for their podcast! (Reposted with correct linkage to podcast):
A Curt Swan cover on a Superman pop-up book! :: squees manfully ::
Superman and Jimmy Olsen become enemies and it makes the front page of The Daily Planet! This is an original cover for a French reprint of Superman comics.
Reprinters in other countries often used new covers to collect material from multiple issues and/or characters. This looks either like a really clean blow-up or an excellent trace of interior comics art by Curt Swan.
Curt Swan draws Clark Kent’s swanky home office! Love the cityscape with the embedded panels on the top of the page setting up that we’re visiting Clark’s pad. Love Clarkie’s body langauge and facial expression, which imply boredom without petulance. And the 70s modern furniture is so chic!
From Superman 258.
If you’re wondering who inspired Curt Swan’s dynamic figure drawing of male bodies in action, it was Leyendecker. This is rare U.S. Navy Football Mini Poster illustration by J. C. Leyendecker from 1921.
I challenge you to write an analysis of the storytelling on this Curt Swan Superman 378 page. :)