Gekko Hayashi The Delight of Boys Love & Masculinity

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Born in 1923, Toru Ishihara started drawing movie signboards in 1943 and took the pen name Gojin Ishihara. He then worked as an illustrator for various boys and girls magazines drawing monsters, mysteries, sci-fi, ghosts, etc. In the mid-1970s, he started using the pen name Gekko Hayashi to create illustrations for gay and SM magazines like SABU, QUEEN, and many others. The artist himself was heterosexual but enjoyed creating artworks that brought pleasure to gay men and women as well - a pioneer in the "Boys Love" or BL genre which is still incredibly popular today!

Book is divided into eight sections: Play Mate, Kinky Chic, Muscle Man, Erotic Fantasia, Mature Love, Samurai Love, Gekko Theatre, and Homme Fatale. Gekko Theatre includes illustrations of real-life stories which he collected from a telephone hotline he set up at his workplace to hear readers' experience and give consultation (Japanese text only).

Contains over 275 artworks (both full color and monochrome pencil), essays by Shibuya Tomomi, Gengoro Tagame, and Ayumi Nakayama (Japanese text only), and a bilingual (JP/EN) profile of the artist.


Signed: No
# of Pages: 318
Size: 5.88" x 8.25" x 1.1"
15 x 21.1 x 2.5cm
Binding: Softcover
Paper dust jacket + obi
Edition: Second
Date Printed: 2022
Where Printed: Japan