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posted Friday, November 8 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 45
Bodies of art - New book celebrates 'hunkiness' in all its diversity
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Bodies of art - New book celebrates 'hunkiness' in all its diversity

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

UNIVERSAL HUNKS:
A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF
MUSCULAR MEN AROUND
THE WORLD, 1895-1975
DAVID L. CHAPMAN
(Arsenal Pulp Press; 352 pp)


A new photography book both sexy and historic, Universal Hunks features more than 300 images of diverse hunks from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, spanning an 80-year period. The book is now available at Amazon.com, just in time for the holidays.

Representing global allure, the book includes photographs, illustrations, advertisements, editorial cartoons, European comic books, Soviet propaganda posters, and other ephemera from David L. Chapman's broad and one-of-a-kind collection. So, what is a hunk, anyway?

'The term 'hunk' is very subjective,' says the Seattle-based author, 'but to me it signifies a person whose combination of muscularity, physical beauty, and sexiness places him above the norm. Some hunks are serious athletes, and others are just ordinary guys who have been blessed with a smokin' hot bod. As I warn in the preface to the book, the men in Universal Hunks were chosen by me and reflect my biases.'

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