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On and off for years I've chased after early images of gay guys, preferably drawings or paintings that depict gay men in a stereotypical fashion (because the strutting sassy real life stereotypical gay guys do things to me that the butch men don't). With pathetic luck.
The Advocate originated as a fat tabloid that made most of its money from personal ads. I'd remembered a regular artist who signed his work "Toby" and looked to find a few of his drawings. All I remembered was that he drew the kind of slender young blonde that was my own passion back then.
Patience and perseverance aren't always rewarded but they serve better than lazy hope. Recently I found one old drawing and learned his name is Toby Bluth.
Don't remember his drawings ordinarily having a bondage theme but I do recognize the curve of the buttocks. The boy looks awfully young now. When I was a young man I liked younger guys (foolishly not thinking of the possibly frightening legal consequences). Luckily I outgrew that.
Trying to read between the lines of Google searches I had the impression that he'd immigrated to Israel or died (or both). Turns out Toby became an illustrator of children's books.
I wonder if that gentle bulge in front has ever given a librarian or parent a moment's pause. Aside from the pleasure his old drawings gave me I don't know anything about Toby Bluth. I'm glad that he went on to prosper.