Author’s lover among those who violated obscenity laws

March 22, 2016

They were truly everyman – mostly unknown, private figures whose lives were turned upside down with the opening of a package. Maybe it was a male physique magazine. Or a series of photographs or slides. Whatever the offending materials,......

Grecian Guild built sense of community for gay men

March 08, 2016

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......

Pudgy Stockton: Buff Belle of the Beach

January 19, 2016

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

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......

FOCUS ON Photographer Ben McNutt

December 15, 2015

Ben McNutt is a young photographer who focuses his camera on one of Bob's favorite subjects, wrestling. As a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Ben presented his thesis in the form of a photography show that paired his......

Magazine used as sounding board for Mizer's social commentary

December 09, 2015

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......

Artist's illustrations breathe life into taboo desires

December 01, 2015

While his mainstream counterparts in the art world were being trained in some of the world’s finest art institutes and honing their craft in sterile classrooms among the rigidity of academia, the erotic artist known as Rex received his......

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

November 19, 2015

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......

Michael Stokes: Photographer’s lens captures beauty of wounded heroes

November 06, 2015

One L.A.-based photographer has literally stripped bare the stigma of injured veterans who return home from the battlefront. The more recent subjects of Michael Stokes are strong, scarred and sensuous, embodied in the poses of......


July 22, 2015

Mizer works featured in article interview with photography historian Vince Aletti. Apartamento Magazine Issue #15, cover shot by Jason Nocito. Available worldwide on the NOW!...

Physique Pictorial in The 1980s

May 14, 2010

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......

Subjective Character Analysis: Emotionally Disturbed French-Indian Marine Loves Nose Candy, Lifting Weights

May 07, 2010

This stud from St. Louis is possibly the most decorated model in Physique Pictorial history. In our extensive experience with Bob Mizer’s groundbreaking publication, never have we found a man with such a complicated......

Before Ameircan Apparel & Dov Charney, There Was Delia Mizer & AMG

March 27, 2010

Since we’re on a bit of a fashion kick this week, we thought we’d draw attention to some rather fashionable drawers – underwear, that is. When AMG first started out, it was intended as a sort of agency for......

Bob Mizer the Artist?

January 04, 2007

The Truth about Bob Part 1

September 22, 2006

The day that I started working at AMG I walked in the door and was directed to my desk. Next to my desk was a rolling media center on which were two small televisions, countless VCRs and Betas and a whole bunch of recording equipment I......

Setting the record straight on 'Beefcake'

November 29, 2016

There's plenty to enjoy about the very first full-length film about Bob Mizer -- but there's plenty of misinformation to address, too. Loyal followers and supporters of the Bob Mizer Foundation are likely familiar with......

Beefcake from across the pond: The male physique in Britain, part I

December 13, 2016

Author’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the history of physique culture in Great Britain. Look for part II on our blog on Tuesday, December 19....

Beefcake From Across the Pond, Part III: From Muscle & Fitness to Barrington's Boys

December 27, 2016

Author’s note: This is the third in a three-part series on the history of physique culture in Great Britain. Look for a separate profile of British physique photographer John S. Barrington on January 3....

Character analysis revealed the core of Mizer's models

January 16, 2017

To the uninitiated, the symbols may as well have well been Egyptian hieroglyphics – clusters of arrows, circles, squares, squiggly lines, and backward question marks that began to appear next to a pictured model in Bob Mizer’s Physique......