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on May 3, 2013
This volume reprints a selection of Oliver Frey's gay art, usually published under the pseudonym of Zack to differentiate it from his `mainstream' graphic work, for which he is equally well-known - see The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey. The work presented here is primarily pin-ups, posters, magazine and book illustrations, etc., as opposed to his comic-strip work, which has already been collected by this publisher (see list below); although in the short biographical text piece, it is mentioned that a part-finished comic-strip remains from when `Meatman' magazine ceased publication. Hopefully that might be reprinted one day in a successor volume to this, as despite the size and quality of this book, there is still a lot of Zack artwork out there.

The contents are _
P010: Boy Next Door
P028: Boys in Love
P044: Getting Wet
P060: Fantasy
P080: Heavy Intent
P122: Full On
P170: Over the Top
P196: An Art Amatorius (A biographical piece by Roger Kean)
P206: Covers, Adverts, Posters
P234: Afterword (by Francois Peneaud)

The above chapters are thematic collections of the artwork, ranging in scope from single figure images to double-page (and hard-core) crowd scenes, and until you have viewed one of Zack's crowd scenes, your imagination is in need of an upgrade to high definition wide-screen capability. The art is primarily in colour, though there are a number of monochrome or colour-wash images included, as Zack covered a wide field of illustration. Oliver Frey, in the Afterword, is compared to Frank Hampson and Frank Bellamy for influences on his design and composition, and he did in fact continue the famous Trigan Empire comic strip after the departure of Don Lawrence, who, along with Hampson and Bellamy forms the premier division of British comic strip artists of the 20th century (though none of them produced any gay - or straight - pornography, as far as I am aware). This is a superb collection of images by a superb artist.

Further Reading
Bike Boy
Bike Boy Rides Again (Bruno Gmunder Verlag)
Hot For Boys: The sexy adventures of Rogue
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