26 Scandalous Vintage Gay Books

The 50s and 60s were interesting times for gay erotica with the surprising proliferation of tantalizing titles covering every perceived fetish within the then-still-very-much-underground homosexual community. While some publishers pushed the boundaries to portray gay life as a fun, free-for-all sexual romp, some stereotypes. Ryan Richardson, the curator of Gay on the Range, the ultimate online archive of gay sleaze paperback covers, writes of this time:

“…gay paperback covers portrayed a fantasy world full of clichés and misguidedness and absurdities. Thanks to the defiant and talented artists working for publishers like Corinth/Greenleaf, being gay didn’t have to mean a tortured and miserable existence… in fact, it could be downright fun! Look at all the smiling faces and knowing looks gracing the covers on imprints like Adult Book, Companion Book, Late Hour Library, and Leisure Book. There are, of course, plenty of pathological and unfunny treatments mixed in as well…”

Let’s take a look at some of the most salacious depictions of man-on-man sex fantasies in my favorite covers of vintage gay books:

tumblr_lilbkpp0gT1qabj53o1_400Every party needs one…

tumblr_mtjuahwxzr1qz6muvo1_500The gays won’t let one honest cop stand…

tumblr_lilbv5L1t11qabj53o1_400The Bruce Jenner story…

tumblr_lilc29klU71qabj53o1_400They never go anywhere without their loaded pistols…

xbeachboyEven living cadavers want him…

xboymeetsboy“He was too gay for his own good” — my new Twitter bio…

xbrothersinloveOne word: “sincentuous”

xdaddysboyDecades before New York magazine was running its gay daddy trend stories…

xbuffyridesagainWho says fraternities have to be homoerotic…?

xdarlingboyBringing sexy back…

xdifferentdrumSo gay, they’re kicking their heels up…

xdungareejungle“A man who knew him as no women ever had…”

xfairygoddessWhite lingerie not included…

xgayrebelsThey’ll rape you at their summer beach house…

xgaytraders“The trouble with swap is where to stop!”

xhomeofthegayI want to just get on my knees and hug you, is that weird?

xkillerqueensDon’t ask, don’t tell…

xmasculinescentThe most eager smile I’ve ever seen on a young lad…

xmidtownqueenNo g-string bikini, no service…

xmypurplewinterDoes riding this white horse naked make me look gay?

xqueensindragServing fish…

xqueerhustlerFive bucks for a back scrub??? Deal!

xseasoninsodomSeason in Sodom is a great title for a musical…

xwethreequeensI’m breaking taboos by having threesomes with men of all different races…

xyoungdannyHow many gays does it take to measure  my chest?

xwhenmenmeetThis one must be my favorite, not really salacious nor campy, but I actually really love it.

 

 

Oscar Raymundo
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