This is a rare unread vintage and out of print copy of T-TOWN TEASE (TC 208) presented by STUD PRODUCTIONS and written by DAL TEMPLE in 1972 for the TROJAN CLASSIC series of gay pulp paperback books published by GX, INC. and distributed by ZORRO DISTRIBUTING COMPANY in the 1970's. ZORRO also published SPARTAN CLASSICS, GOLDEN HELMET CLASSICS, SVENSK SERIES and ZORRO BOOKS.
"Doug Ferris, a young, handsome adonis from Hollywood, goes in search of excitement in San Diego and finds more than he brains for when he becomes an unwilling star performer in a Tijuana s3x circus. is inhibitions are blocked by drugs and he is sexually fired by a powerful aphrodisiac, administered by Emilio, the vice lord of Tijuana.”
Much of the cover art featured on gay pulp novels is amateurish and likely produced in rapid order, though notable covers are not uncommon with a number of illustrations clearly produced in the style of iconic gay illustrator TOM OF FINLAND. Other significant artists of the period include gay illustrators REX, CRAIG ESPOSITO, HARRY BUSH, ADAM and CARL CORLEY, along with remarkable mainstream illustrators ROBERT BONFILS, BILL ALEXANDER and GENE BILBREW.
Gay pulp paperbacks existed before the 1960s but their popularity and distribution was limited despite the explosion of the cheap format following World War II. While the lax stance on censorship due to the vast output by publishers and the perceived "low-brow" nature of the material allowed for some homosexual themes or subtexts, most such novels were rare, unlike lesbian novels which found mainstream appeal with both women and men. Earlier stories or novels on gay themes had to be dressed up in the trappings of respectability, typically with protagonist harboring bisexual conflicts that ended with them overcoming their "affliction" or succumbing to it with the resultant social and professional ruin or death.
As the popularity of the gay paperback increased in step with the decline in publisher's concerns about prosecution, the subject matter began to expand. To stand out in the increasingly crowded market and to meet the varying tastes of their readership, publishers began adopting specialized genres such as BDSM, older and younger men together, interracial relationships, and roleplaying (bikers, sailors, soldiers, etc.). While explicit sexually remained the driving force in many of these stories, some began to take on additions dimensions with the emergence of genres such westerns, detective fiction, spy thrillers, war stories, and tales of prison and Richard Amory's hugely popular and influential Loon Trilogy, set during the historical Old West and featuring Native American characters.