Category: Books,Arts & Photography,Photography & Video

My Buddy. World War II Laid Bare (VARIA) Details

Review “The fleet is in! And so is My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare, an astounding collection assembled by the excellent smut historian Dian Hanson.”“…an eye-opening photographic record of the emotional and physical bonds between servicemen.”“It’s insightful, beautifully-illustrated and, perhaps, something we could all learn from.”“…a fascinating and touching insight into a human side of war never seen before.”„My Buddy captures that rare moment of intimacy in male bonding, which in the western world at least seems lost forever.“ Read more About the Author Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book Editor. Her titles include the “body part” series, The Art of Pin-up, Psychedelic Sex, and Ren Hang. Read more


Possibly the gold standard in WWII memory book of mixed gay and straight interest, this is one of the most complete collections of "off-duty" photos of soldiers and sailors of many nations in wartime currently available. Aside from the excellent photos themselves, the most notable aspects of the publication is the selection of excerpts from earlier texts from pop tunes ("My Buddy") to pointedly gay texts used for only veiled erotic context if at all ("Coming Out Under Fire") to famous man memoirs (Gore Vidal) to set up and organize the collections of depictions. One of the most extensive of these, an "Introduction" (some introduction! It starts 61 pages into the text!) by one Scotty Bowers, an at one time baby faced 18 year old marine closet case now in his 80's (see his own more salacious post-war gay Hollywood memoir, "Full Service") whose detailed memoir of the context of the photos would raise the book head and shoulders over the competition were it not for his too frequent "me thinks the lady doth protest too much" insistence that there was no homosexual activity or even subtext in his beloved Marine Corps. - an insistence all too often belied by the photos themselves and his own narration. CAN one "even rub another guy's cock" (Bowers' words) with no thought of homosexual overtones? A couple illiterate Amazon commentators have objected to the multi-lingual text of this excellent Taschen release claiming it was frustrating that they could not follow ALL the text. Had they bothered to look a little closer, even without significant linguistic skill, they would have noticed that the multi-lingual texts are merely REPEATING in French and German (for the aid of other nations' readers where Taschen markets) the same texts first given in English. ALL the photo captions (where given) are in English. The list price is on the high side, but thanks to the web, few buyers who care to be as fair to their purses as to their eyes and intellects need actually pay full price. Given the basic publication costs today, the $41 that I paid was entirely reasonable.