#Physique-Pictorial

NEW BOOK! BOB MIZER: AMG's 1000 MODEL DIRECTORY

June 22, 2016
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It’s Raining Men: Two volumes and two decades of top physique models...

Bobby Kropp, Marine to Model

May 17, 2016
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AMG model Bobby Kropp was born in Fresno, California in 1957 and was one of a set of twin boys. He was fresh out of the Marines when he posed before Bob Mizer’s cameras in late 1978. Although there were nearly 400......

Mattachine Society signaled rise of modern gay liberation movement

March 16, 2016
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Before the Grecian Guild beckoned closeted gay men to meet one another and engage in cathartic discussions about their deepest desires, there was the Mattachine Society. The organization, conceived as the Mattachine Foundation in 1950 and......

Grecian Guild built sense of community for gay men

March 08, 2016
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H. Lynn Womack was at a turning point in his young life. Very little about Womack was easy to ignore. He was rotund and known for his voracious appetite and booming laugh. Womack was an albino, his hair a glistening white from a young......

Spoiled Beauty - Jim Paris

February 19, 2016
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Jim Paris was one of the Athletic Model Guild’s most popular models in the 1960s. When Jim Paris first appeared at the AMG gate on Valentine’s Day 1964 he told Bob Mizer he was 18. He was actually only 17. Born in......

Bob Mizer on: Your Inviolable Castle

January 22, 2016
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“Even the most timorous feels that if he will stay in his own home and mind his own business, that there at least he will be snug and secure. But there are certain insidious groups at work in our country who don’t agree, rather they......

Pudgy Stockton: Buff Belle of the Beach

January 19, 2016
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Unlike obese men nicknamed ‘Slim’ or tall men nicknamed ‘Shorty,’ Abbye Eville’s nickname in childhood was anything but ironic. The girl who would later become Abbye Stockton earned the nickname ‘Pudgy’ for her rolls of baby......

Magazines provided risky outlet of desire for closeted gay men

January 12, 2016
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In the 1940s and 1950s, there existed a group of men who were both excited and fearful when they made the trek to the mailbox every day. "Had the magazine arrived that day? Did the mail carrier suspect anything? What about my wife? Or the......

Mizer compound at center of photographer's empire

January 05, 2016
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When the neighbors watched Delia Mizer and her precocious 5-year-old son Bob move into the Victorian house at 1834 W. 11th St. in Los Angeles in 1927, no one could have predicted just how many people would call the residence......

Magazine used as sounding board for Mizer's social commentary

December 09, 2015
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True followers of Bob Mizer’s “Physique Pictorial” know that the publication was more than just a menagerie of pretty faces and toned bodies – it was a place where the artist could offer his insight into the social and political......

One-time Mizer model killed actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age

November 24, 2015
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Many types of men appeared throughout the pages of Bob Mizer’s "Physique Pictorial" over the years. The former all-American high school athlete. The dedicated bodybuilder. The hoodlum. The ruffian. And at least one killer – a monster,......

Models of color have graced pages of 'Physique Pictorial' since its beginning

November 19, 2015
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Racial diversity has long been displayed in Bob Mizer’s “Physique Pictorial” – since the publication’s infancy, in fact. The increasing number of African-American models in the magazine, as well as Mizer’s own notations that......

A Follower Asks About Model Richard Reagan

July 11, 2015
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As a model, Richard Reagan displays a self confidence that makes you believe he is among the best on The Beach. He was photographed during one session at the Athletic Model Guild studios. That session probably took......

Physique Pictorial in The 1980s

May 14, 2010
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Where it was once a reflection of a lively industry, filled with work from a slew of international contributors, Physique Pictorial had become a one-man show. Gone were the lascivious illustrations from the likes of George Quaintance......

The Real Bob Mizer – An Interview with David Hurles

May 11, 2010
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When I first saw Bob Mizer’s late period color work, it looked to me like the work of an outsider – someone who created great art unintentionally, foolishly stumbling upon something truly provocative. It was so unpolished, so......

Physique Pictorial, The Disco Years

April 23, 2010
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Porn, cocaine and disco – these mainstays of the 1970s had America horny, hyper and ready to dance. And while they may have collectively peaked nearly 40 years ago, their influence is still evident today. Take Lady Gaga for example, or,......