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American hunks : the muscular male body in popular culture, 1860-1970

Author: David L Chapman; Brett Josef Grubisic
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"American Hunks depicts the muscular American male as documented in popular culture from 1860 to 1970. The book, divided into specific historic eras, includes such personalities as bodybuilder Charles Atlas, pioneer weightlifter Eugen Sandow, and movie stars like Steve "Hercules" Reeves and Johnny Weissmuller, and publications such as the 1920s-era magazine Physical Culture and the 1950s-era comic book Mr. Muscles.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David L Chapman; Brett Josef Grubisic
ISBN: 9781551522562 155152256X
OCLC Number: 317353146
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 351 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Flexed for success : consumer goods, pop culture, and the selling of heroic masculinity / Brett Josef Grubisic --
The pioneers, 1860-1914 --
Hunks make the world safe, 1914-1919 --
Jazz-age athletes, 1920-1929 --
Depression physiques, 1930-1940 --
Supermen at war, 1941-1949 --
The age of the chest, 1950-1959 --
Muscles à go-go!, 1960-1969.
Responsibility: David L. Chapman and Brett Josef Grubisic.
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"American Hunks depicts the muscular American male as documented in popular culture from 1860 to 1970. The book, divided into specific historic eras, includes such personalities as bodybuilder Charles Atlas, pioneer weightlifter Eugen Sandow, and movie stars like Steve "Hercules" Reeves and Johnny Weissmuller, and publications such as the 1920s-era magazine Physical Culture and the 1950s-era comic book Mr. Muscles. It also touches on the use of masculine, homoerotic imagery to sell political and military might, and how companies have used buff, near-naked men to sell products from laundry detergent to sacks of flour since the 1920s."--Jacket.

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