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Lust Unearthed - Vintage Gay Graphics From the DuBek Collection

Lust Unearthed

Vintage Gay Graphics From the DuBek Collection

By Thomas Waugh
Categories: Visual Arts, LGBTQ+, Gay Literature, Cultural Studies, Erotica, Popular Culture
Paperback : 9781551521657, 320 pages, 2004


On the heels of his bestselling and award-winning book Out/Lines: Underground Gay Graphics From Before Stonewall, Thomas Waugh offers more historical and erotically charged drawings, depicting aspects of gay male sexuality that were once hidden from public view.

The over 200, never-before-published images in Lust Unearthed are from the private collection of Ambrose DuBek, a Hollywood costume and set designer (his work included George Cukor's 1939 film The Women) who died in 2002 at the age of 87, and whose estate included a wealth of erotic materials, including books, periodicals, prints, and films. DuBek was a passionate advocate and patron of the arts who felt that life and the body were to be celebrated; he had no patience for other people's attempts to make him feel guilty for his attractions and desires, nor any qualms about the different worlds in which he operated. The images from DuBek's collection published here are remarkably frank, explicit, and sometimes outrageous depictions of gay men "in action" created by numerous artists both famous and unknown, and produced during a time when even nude images of men were illegal, and thus rare. Lust Unearthed brings these images out of the boxes in which they are carefully kept and into a new queer world, where expressions of gay male sexuality can be validated and indeed, celebrated.

Waugh's text is a remarkable history lesson that illuminates a once-furtive underground culture. Gay porn for the thinking man, Lust Unearthed will beguile and arouse.

Features an introduction by Willie Walker, the
founding archivist at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History Society in San Francisco, where DuBek's erotic materials were donated.

Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Best Visual Arts Book

Now in its second printing!


  • Short-listed, Lambda Literary Award 2005


Must read best-seller.
-Hour Magazine

- Hour Magazine

This is our history, and I know I'm a better man for having access to such a wonderful book.
-Monday Magazine

- Monday Magazine

[Thomas Waugh's] Out/Lines and Lust Unearthed are ravishing, titillating, and theoretically engaged; a pair of joyfully written reflections on the hardcore, the softcore, and everything in between. And while the world of leather daddies, swishy bellhops, and precocious sailors-on-leave might seem a far cry from the lofty theoretical debates that coloured my meeting with Waugh, a careful reading of this wonderfully depraved stash lends it an unexpected and, I think, timely, political gravity.
-Art Threat

- Art Threat

A mesmerizing collection.

- Xtra!

Lust Unearthedis a must for your library and a great gift.

- Mandate

If you want your sexuality to be radical and not a market niche, buy Lust.
-Fab magazine

- Fab magazine

Historically significant.

- Out

These pictures . .. manage to reveal so much about the graphic depiction of gay male sex during a time when it was illegal, and thus dangerous to keep, let alone collect.
-GLBT Round Table Newsletter (American Library Association)

- GLBT Round Table Newsletter