Although the size of the magazine was traditional, French had to make it even larger to help curb the problem of theft that many magazine sellers had been reporting. As time went on, the morality of things changed and he went with that. French was primarily interested in the nude, and published his pictorials in gay magazines, which supported the tradition of illustration during the late 40s and 50s. Sid Vicious began wearing the shirt thereafter. French himself was drawn to art and went to study at the Philadelphia School of Art before enlisting in the army and going on active duty
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Illustrating for magazines was easier, but you made money off mail order.
The Man Who Changed Male Erotica Forever
Two years later, he was honourably discharged and moved to New York, where he began working as a fashion illustrator. It was awfully generous and considerate of the Supreme Court to validate what everyone from Caravaggio and Michelangelo had done. Here, he published his first magazine, Manpower! Here, he speaks to Alex Denney about making the uniquely powerful film Alex Denney.