Apparently real men wear granny-panties

(From “Mr. Muscles” number 22, 1956.)

19 thoughts on “Apparently real men wear granny-panties

  1. The Eric says:

    World’s most perfect man, except for fashion sense and naming.

  2. ams says:

    This might be the first Calvin Klein underwear ad. Double “M” for initials? Markie Mark?

  3. B. Clouser says:

    Mr. Muscles: Bulging everywhere except his pants.

  4. Dan says:

    I love how the lady is trying to give him a trophy, but he’s too busy showin’ off the guns to bother even looking at her.

  5. Mr.MikeK says:

    Captain Steroids!

    That explains a lot, doesn’t it?

  6. John says:

    @Dan: I literally LOL’d. Excellent observation…!

  7. Joshua says:

    Is that? It can’t be! It is!! An actual depiction of a black man in a 1950’s comic without exaggerated features or any appearance of black face? Hold on…the date reads 1956; that explains it. It’s awfully close to the 60’s. *SIGH* My quest for an illustration, dating from 1901 through 1955, that isn’t stereotypical nor racist depicting a person of a non-WASP race/nationality continues.

  8. Mr.MikeK says:

    Is it me or is this guy the Nazi Ideal? Aryan blonde hair, blue eyes, huge muscles make the perfect man. Really? I could make a lot of blonde jokes here but I won’t.

  9. punkjay says:

    Hey I work in a nursing home and I see what happens to these guys 40 years later. He probably is in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank in the bank, hitting on a 20 something nurse, Bragging to her about how “I was Mr. Muscle!!” while they try and convince him he can’t stand up any more

  10. Dan says:

    @ John (6) Thank you sir! :)

  11. TheNate says:

    Joshua – here’s a classic from 1953 – and the commentary may answer your questions about why they’re so hard to find:

    http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2794609.html?#cutid1

  12. punkjay says:

    @thenate: God, those 2 characters should be on the bad costume list next week

  13. William A. Peterson says:

    TheNate, thank you! I know I’ve read that story, once before, a LONG time ago, but it was good to re-read it…

  14. Vampyrist says:

    TheNate, I never knew something like that existed, it is truly something to prove that comics can be yet another medium to promote positive change in society.

  15. Moose says:

    Lest we forget, the “perfect man” must be muscular, but more importantly, white, blond, blue-eyed, and take long stride wile saluting and extending his legs at full length.

  16. Joshua says:

    At last– and with much thanks to TheNate– my quest is finally over. I’ll admit, at first glance, All-Negro Comics had me a bit concerned; I thought, “Lord, I hope this doesn’t come across as silly or ‘coonish'”. It was upon further reading that I discovered this comic was a valiant attempt by Orrin C. Evans to give black audiences something they could call their own. And to top it off, he provided meaningful employment to black artists and writers. I tip my hat to you, TheNate.

  17. Dionne Jinn says:

    TheNate (12) That comic is awesome!

  18. punkjay says:

    can you say “Zig Hial!!!”

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