Top 10 Gay Couples in Comics

Well, for no reason whatsoever, and certainly not because last week we heard about a bizarre decision around 61% North Carolina recently made to devalue the idea of marriage for at least the next few years in their state, Comics Bulletin decided it was time to give queer relationships our highest honor imaginable — the glory of one of our Top Ten lists. We don’t do this for just anyone, you guys! Here is our list of ten of the more interesting, enjoyable couples to be found in comics.

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5 Adorable Comics About Gay Couple’s Everyday Life

Love is a beautiful thing, and it’s even more amazing when portrayed in a natural, sweet way like in these relationship comics.

Meet Robin, 17, and Julien, 19 – two young men who are about to conquer your hearts. The gay couple has probably the cutest and most loving relationship that is represented in pastel comics created by Wonsun Jin from Australia.

The author explains that the story of this cute gay couple is purely fiction, but that doesn’t change its beauty.

The two main characters have different personalities that complement each other. Robin is more of a stay-at-home type of guy who loves pizza, video games and tv, while Julien is an outgoing, spontaneous man with love for sports. Together, these boys create a story of love and understanding through funny yet cute daily situations depicted in this gay cartoon.

Bellow, you can find some of the gay comics about this adorable couple. Which one is your favorite? Let us know.

Basic…I wonder who my children are gonna call „mom“ in most gay couples i know they found a solution to this by saying „dad Robin“ or stuff like that…I even have one that for a few months practiced the „dad 1“ and „dad 2“, the child would be the one to elect dad 1 every week xD

Waking him up like that is mean but so cute at the same someone would wake me up like that every morning….

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ladies and is the gay agenda. being too damn cute and wanting to be happy.

Nah. It’s just one of those „my relationship with my loved one“ thingy in a row of a few such series circulating recently. Besides that, these two guys don’t seem happy in all of them.

Homo, hetero, whatever…. Cheese is cheese. I upvoted the list anyway, though. ♥

The relationship between the two is same no matter what gender they are, the difference is the way we see it… The way people around them see. If people were more accepting, then there wouldn’t be any difference between homo and hetero relations

ladies and is the gay agenda. being too damn cute and wanting to be happy.

Nah. It’s just one of those „my relationship with my loved one“ thingy in a row of a few such series circulating recently. Besides that, these two guys don’t seem happy in all of them.

Homo, hetero, whatever…. Cheese is cheese. I upvoted the list anyway, though. ♥

The relationship between the two is same no matter what gender they are, the difference is the way we see it… The way people around them see. If people were more accepting, then there wouldn’t be any difference between homo and hetero relations

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 5 Adorable Comics About Gay Couple’s Everyday Life

Cartoon Characters You Never Realized Are Probably Gay

LGBTQ+ representation in animated media gets more and more visible each day. Gay cartoon characters have appeared in Gravity Falls and The Legend of Korra, to name a few. But in the same way art imitates life, potentially closeted cartoon characters also face the scrutiny of being labeled „other“ or „different“ by the worlds they inhabit. The animated world proves to be just as difficult to navigate as the physical one, and secretly gay cartoon characters must traverse their own unsteady paths as well. When you think about it, though, the cartoon world provides a fantastic place for potentially gay characters to be introduced, as the wonder and adventure of these worlds provide a vibrant, engaging canvas for children to learn about important topics.

The possibly gay cartoon characters below may not even really be hiding it; they might have just never confirmed it either. Some of the younger characters here likely might not even realize it yet. Not all are gay role models, but many do offer viewers the chance to see someone they identify with. And while speculating on a real person’s sexuality is not something you should ever do, guessing about a fictional character may add new facets to characters you thought you knew so well.

Cartoon Characters You Never Realized Are Probably Gay

15 of the Most Important Modern Sex Scenes in Comics

The comic medium has a special advantage in depicting the myriad layers of human intimacy. Unlike prose, artists can shape and exaggerate the contours of the human body for visceral interpretations. Unlike film, illustration can assume a fantasy and objectivity that the human gaze wouldn’t afford two human actors. European erotica pioneers like Milo Manara, Guido Crepax and Jean-Claude Forest fully embraced that fact throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, but American mainstream publishers have been slightly more reticent to dive down the rabbit hole. Credit to the underground comix scene bolstered by Robert Crumb and anthologies like for breaking down the boundaries of sexual expression in sequential art.

But damn if the last 15 years of comics haven’t ushered a new comics sex revolution, elevated past the cis male perception to address gay, lesbian and trans perspectives. A dozen features alone could dissect the work of C. Spike Trotman’s Smut Puddler. A strong argument could be made that no medium has made bigger strides to democratize eroticism in all of its sticky forms. It’s love, it’s connection, it’s lust and the eternal dance of biology seeped through ink and passion.

The list above analyzes comics’ high-water marks, the biggest, boldest moments (with a few indie gems) that proved how versatile and progressive comics can be when they dive under the covers.

15 of the Most Important Modern Sex Scenes in Comics

14 XXXENOPHILE

XXXenophile was a comic book series that Phil Foglio wrote and drew (with a number of different inkers, typically some of the best and brightest comic book artists of the era) in the late 1980s through 1995 that was an anthology series of sex stories with a sense of the absurd mixed in. Take the featured image here, for example, which shows a woman practicing „safe sex.“ The comics were upbeat tales of sex, as Foglio noted that he had no interest in writing any sort of problematic sex stories.

There was a lot of humor in the comics, but one of the biggest parts was that you could very often feel the in all of the stories, no matter how bizarre they were. The comics were clearly pornographic, but in an adorable, romantic way. It was also interesting to watch Foglio himself evolve as the series went on, as he initially developed the series from a heterosexual male perspective (straight sex and lesbian sex) but eventually worked in gay sex, as well.

14 XXXENOPHILE

12 STRIPS

Strips was an early comic book series written and drawn by Chuck Austen for Rip Off Press that started in 1989. It starred Zack Mackinerny, a talented comic strip creator for a college newspaper and the sexual misadventures that he and his friends get into on campus. The other main character is Kenna English, a girl who has a big crush on Zack, but can’t seem to get him to pay attention to her, as he ends up dating (and having a lot of sex with) her roommate instead.

Zack is a bit of an oblivious jerk, but he’s a charming enough character that you can’t hate the guy too much and Kenna is engaging enough for both of them (plus the other supporting characters are all interesting in their own way). Sadly, the comic book series ended on a cliffhanger, with Kenna apparently planning on becoming a stripper to pay for her tuition after the school canceled her financial aid.

8 STICKY

Dale Lazarov’s current imprint of gay erotic graphic novels, Sticky Graphic Novels, is named after his first major work, Sticky, which he wrote with artist Steve MacIsaac. Sticky, originally a miniseries for Eros Comix, is a prototypical Dale Lazarov comic book story, meaning that it is a collection of character-driven sexual adventures without dialogue (so as to be able to appeal to a universal audience, as there is no need to translate the comics for other markets). That’s been the message of Lazarov’s graphic novels in the years since, sex-positive, character-driven graphic novels of attractive men having sex.

Seeing as how the stories are without dialogue, MacIsaac has to deliver on the character ideas established by Lazarov, which he does beautifully. He is a skilled sequential artist who also excels at drawing the human form, which is obviously important when the comic is about people having sex. Sticky tells four short stories of men meeting up in different circumstances, like a cowboy dumped on a talk show ends up going home with a security guard from the show.

6 SIDE BY SIDE: JOURNEY OF A SMALL TOWN BOY

Mioki’s Side by Side: The Journal of a Small Town Boy is the story of two best friends, Rick and Evan, growing up in one of those prototypical toxic small towns where a gay kid like Rick is made to feel less-than for being gay. The one thing that makes his life bearable is his best friend, Evan. He accepts Rick for who he is and never makes Rick feel bad about himself. When Evan leaves for the city (as he just cannot stand the town, either), it is heartbreaking to see Rick left without his friend.

Then Evan basically saves him from drowning by bringing him to the city, where they become roommates and where Evan comes to terms with the fact that he is gay, as well. It is a beautifully romantic comic book of two friends making things all right for each other. There’s also lots and lots of sex in the comic, especially when Rick and Evan finally [SPOILER].

MangaThe Japanese comics scene offers a special place for sex. Unlike the West, the East has an attitude towards sexuality which is a bit more tolerant and accepting. In Tokyo, it is not an uncommon sight to see respectable employees on their way to work in the subway reading a manga comic with sexual content. A quick survey will reveal that Japanese comic artists often combine well-written stories with sex and eroticism. Themes like bondage and sex between underaged youth are not considered taboo.

Gay ComixSome would say that there is no better way to get out of the closet (or amuse yourself whilst still in the closet) than by creating or reading gay comics. There is a wide variety in this genre as well: from the mainly sex-oriented comics by Tom of Finland to the elaborate stories by Ralf König, which portray life of German gay men in the broadest sense. Where lesbians are concerned, they can be found in abundance in mainstream, heterosexual pornography – but a few of them cater especially to lesbian and bi-sexual women.

Disclaimer and Closing CommentsThere are quite a few artists in the Comiclopedia that have participated in the erotic genre. It is not our intention to promote or endorse any sexually explicit comics or artists, but merely to educate our visitors about some of the artists who have done erotic comics, often against the social mores and prudish values which exist in many modern cultures.

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Touko Laaksonen’s groundbreaking gay erotic art has made him a global icon. For more than 50 years until his death in 1991, the artist better known as ‘Tom of Finland’ drew gay men in a way that was radical: his muscular young hunks were happy, playful and unashamedly sexual, without being menacing.

His work, which he liked to call ‘dirty drawings’, first found an audience on the gay underground in the 1950s and 1960s, but since then has edged ever closer to mainstream acceptance. His hyper-masculine aesthetic has influenced Freddie Mercury, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Village People, fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, and photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber. It’s also become a globally recognised brand to the extent that you can now buy a Tom of Finland tea towel on Amazon. But nevertheless, his more explicit work retains an unwavering capacity to shock.

Touko Laaksonen’s friend Durk Dehner (here pictured at London’s House of Illustration) has ensured the survival of his legacy

His posthumous success has undoubtedly been bolstered by the fact that in 1984, towards the end of his life, Laaksonen founded a non-profit foundation with his friend Durk Dehner to preserve and promote his catalogue of more than 3,500 illustrations. The Tom of Finland Foundation has championed Laaksonen’s work so effectively that it’s now displayed at leading galleries including New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2014, the Finnish postal service even celebrated his impact with a set of commemorative postage stamps. And this month, the UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to his work opened at London’s House of Illustration (though the gallery is currently closed due to the Coronavirus crisis). Curator Olivia Ahmad says the show, produced in collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation on the centenary of Laaksonen’s birth, is necessary because he’s “one of the most influential figurative artists of the late 20th Century”.

At the same time, Tom of Finland is still more of a cult figure than a household name like Andy Warhol (who owned several of his pieces) because his art remains incredibly provocative, especially to the straight male gaze. Many of his illustrations show men with heavily muscled torsos and surreally large genitalia engaging gleefully in sex acts. Some early Tom of Finland illustrations depicting soldiers in Nazi uniforms are also inherently problematic. Art historian Dr James Hicks says Tom of Finland is sometimes overlooked in the mainstream art world because “his work is dangerous and is meant to be dangerous”.

Equally, Tom of Finland’s deification of a certain type of gay man – muscular and avowedly masculine – hasn’t necessarily endeared him to all corners of the LGBTQ community. His influential drawings of men in leather and biker outfits helped to inspire the popular Gay Clone look that Freddie Mercury and Frankie Goes to Hollywood adopted and brought into the mainstream, but also made his work appear exclusionary to other queer factions.

Even though I had to hide my own desires – or maybe because of it – I started drawing fantasies of free and happy gay men – Tom Laaksonen

In the 2011 book Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero, Dehner reflected that members of an activist group called Queer Nation “protested [Touko] not long after his death, calling him a ‘sell out’ – only drawing what they saw as ‘straights’.” And in 2020, Tom of Finland’s stylised hunks could look like the embodiment of the toxic ‘masc4masc’ culture that pervades gay dating apps, shaming queer men who present in a more femme way.

Tom of Finland’s drawings were inherently subversive – because they dared to present imagery that mainstream society wasn’t ready to accept

However, it’s important not to separate Tom of Finland’s drawings from the historical context in which he created them. “At the time when I became aware of my sexual orientation, before World War Two, all gay activity was forbidden by law in most countries,” Laaksonen writes in the preface to his 1988 book, Retrospective I. Laaksonen, born in 1920 and raised by schoolteacher parents in a small town in southwestern Finland, says the first gay men he encountered “felt ashamed and guilty, like [they were] belonging to a lower human category” as a result of the prejudice they faced. He also acknowledges that his creativity was a reaction to this shame, saying: “Even though I had to hide my own desires – or maybe because of it – I started drawing fantasies of free and happy gay men.”

What’s more, Laaksonen developed his distinctive aesthetic – a homoerotic fantasy world populated by gay men who epitomised physical fitness and male desirability – as a corrective response to the particular, reductive way in which gay men were portrayed at the time. Even if Laaksonen’s drawings now seem to perpetuate the stereotype of gay men as inherently sexual and supremely body-conscious, they were once groundbreaking for this very reason.

“Pop culture representations of gay and queer men in the first half of the 20th Century are dominated by the image of the ‘pansy’,” says Dr Justin Bengry, who runs the Queer History course at Goldsmiths, University of London. Bengry says that the ‘pansy’ homosexual was invariably portrayed as “effete” and “the butt of the joke”. Even when he was allowed to “get one over on everyone else”, he was inevitably held up as exemplifying a kind of “failed masculinity”. “Tom of Finland is clearly a reaction against that,” Bengry asserts. “He’s showing that homoerotic desire can be masculine, valid, fun and playful.”

His work captures a raw sexual energy that’s unashamed, punk, rebellious, fantastical, sleazy and most importantly very funny – Chris Weller

Tom of Finland’s gleeful and very gay brand of sexual freedom still resonates today – more than 60 years after his first drawing was published. “His work captures a raw sexual energy that’s unashamed, punk, rebellious, fantastical, sleazy and most importantly very funny,” says drag performer Chris Weller, aka Baby Lame. Weller says he “always feels slightly dirty” when he looks at Tom of Finland’s drawings, but adds: “It’s a feeling I like!”

Tom of Finland’s muscular young hunks were a reaction against the portrayal of gay men as effete – but arguably have proved exclusionary in their hyper-masculinity

Hicks says Tom of Finland’s work doesn’t just feel dangerous because of its overt queerness, but also “because of the way he’s playing with subcultures like leather and BDSM and the way he’s playing with race”. Laaksonen first drew a man of colour in 1960, and as his career progressed, he included more interracial couples in his drawings – something which certainly made his art feel even more taboo at the time. While it might be argued that Tom of Finland reinforces the stereotype of the hypersexual black male, it’s also fair to say that his white males were heavily sexualised too.

However, if these elements of his work are inspiringly subversive, the way Tom of Finland plays with imagery from the Third Reich is undoubtedly much more morally murky – even though Laaksonen unequivocally dismissed suggestions he might be a Nazi sympathiser. Laaksonen, who had sexual encounters with German servicemen stationed in Helsinki during World War Two, claimed “in my drawings I have no political statements to make, no ideology. I am thinking only about the picture itself. The whole Nazi philosophy, the racism and all that, is hateful to me, but of course I drew them anyway – they had the sexiest uniforms!”

But in another way, Tom of Finland’s unashamedly gay drawings were inherently political – namely, because they dared to present imagery that mainstream society wasn’t ready to accept. Laaksonen had been drawing for his own pleasure since the 30s, but in 1956 he submitted one of his efforts to the American beefcake magazine Physique Pictorial and had it published – that was when editor Bob Mizer gave him the pseudonym ‘Tom of Finland’.

Tom of Finland’s work in Physique Pictorial was so gay that it couldn’t be any gayer but just bodybuilding-y enough that it could be gotten away with – Dr James Hicks

Though publications like Physique Pictorial were ostensibly presented as bodybuilding manuals celebrating the male form, many were essentially purveyors of gay erotica hiding in plain sight. Unlike gay pornography, beefcake magazines could be sold on American newsstands and sent through the US mail. “I don’t think Physique Pictorial had much of a straight male audience,” says Bengry. “I think that it trod a line carefully so that it could plausibly deny being a gay magazine if the issue came up, but realistically it was self-consciously and knowingly a gay magazine.”

In 2014, the Finnish postal service celebrated Tom of Finland’s impact with a set of commemorative postage stamps

Hicks agrees, saying Tom of Finland’s “work in Physique Pictorial was so gay that it couldn’t be any gayer” but also “just bodybuilding-y enough that it could be gotten away with.” These illustrations resonated with gay men around the world so strongly that Laaksonen developed a mail-order business as a kind of cottage industry for his artwork. During the 1960s, he worked at an advertising agency in Helsinki during the day, then created his beloved ‘dirty drawings’ at night. “He photographed and printed his drawings in a makeshift darkroom, then posted them to his customers across the world,” says Ahmad. “These photographs are so tiny – small enough to fit into an airmail envelope because letter-sized mail was unlikely to be opened by postal authorities” who might censor them.

And without having to maintain the pretence necessary for Physique Pictorial, Laaksonen could make his mail-order drawings explicitly sexual rather than merely highly suggestive. Ahmad says it’s hard not to be moved by these photographs today because it was so risky for them to be produced, distributed and even owned at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in many countries.

His muscular soldiers, lumberjacks and leathermen bikers were a direct contrast to the emasculating stereotypes that existed in his lifetime – Olivia Ahmad

Laaksonen was more artist than businessman, and for many years he was poorly paid for his illustrations by both the niche titles who published them and fans who commissioned bespoke pieces. By 1973, however, he was earning enough money to quit his day job at the advertising agency and devote himself fully to drawing. His popularity continued to grow during the last two decades of his life, and in 1979 he and Dehner formed the Tom of Finland Company to copyright earlier work which had been widely pirated. Nearly 30 years after his death in 1991 from an emphysema-induced stroke, it’s arguable that his influence is more widely felt than ever. Fans can even buy a Tom of Finland leather jockstrap, a development which would surely tickle the late illustrator. Both curator Ahmad and Hicks hail his work as “revolutionary”. “His muscular soldiers, lumberjacks and leathermen bikers were a direct contrast to the emasculating stereotypes that existed in his lifetime and that still exist in some ways today,” Ahmad says.

Freddie Mercury is one of a number of artists to have been influenced by Tom of Finland’s aesthetic

Weller says Tom of Finland’s work is now being reimagined by a new generation of queer performers who “play with the tropes he created and then really turn them on their head to create work that is political, challenging and often sexy”. Weller also says he sees a rarely discussed drag element to his aesthetic, citing his instantly recognisable “lewks [looks], attitudes and costumes”. Equally, Tom of Finland continues to inspire creatives and fashion designers. US underwear brand Rufskin launched a Tom of Finland range in 2015, while artist and Kanye West collaborator Cali DeWitt created a T-shirt for the Tom of Finland foundation last year.

A century after his birth, Tom of Finland’s original art also remains provocative and challenging to audiences still catching up with his unabashedly sexual, queer utopian vision. But as his reputation continues to swell it’s hard to deny that he achieved his primary aim: “I want to show that gays can feel happy together – that they have a right to be happy together.”

Ren And Stimpy

Arguably, this cat and dog duo never hid an openly gay lifestyle. Not only did they live together, but they slept in the same bed too. Though they weren’t exactly lovey-dovey with each other like many couples, Ren and Stimpy always undercut their physical closeness with a healthy dose of weirdness.

Creator John Kricfalusi has acted a little cagey about confirming or denying the couple’s relationship status in the past: „I don’t know whether they’re gay or not. That’s their own business.“ His later work on Ren and Stimpy’s Adult Party Cartoon, however, might suggest otherwise.

Comics Come Out With LGBT Characters and Themes

As Comic-Con continues, we’re celebrating the growing acceptance of all sexual orientations in the world of comic books. After its first openly gay character — Kevin Keller — came out in 2010, Archie Comics has printed its first gay kissRiverdale mom in the comic, which, according to the issue’s writer and artist Dan Parent, is a „playful poke“ at the real controversy the Kevin storyline has caused with One Million Moms. The conservative group called for Toys“R“Us to take down a magazine that featured Kevin getting married, but Toys“R“Us refused.

This is the latest example of the genre’s recent push to make comic strips and comic books more open to LGBT themes after being heavily censored by the Comics Code Authority until 1989 (not that the restrictions prevented everyone from writing about gay characters). The road to a lesbian Batwoman and a gay Green Lantern has been rocky, but let’s see how homosexuality has been portrayed both positively and negatively in comics over the years.

Slate’s Outward editor recommends comics about the LGBTQ experience.

A good chunk of the days, weeks, or sometimes even years when a person wonders if they might be gay are often spent in bookstores and libraries. Since queer people don’t learn about their culture from their birth families, the written word looms large. Comics about queer culture offer a valuable entry point to teens searching for their identity—and also make great reading for allies looking to learn more.

The Complete Wendel by Howard Cruse. One of the easiest ways to learn about gay history is by catching up with vintage comic strips—though those of us over 40 might blanch to hear the 1980s described as “vintage.” But so much has happened in the 30-odd years since Howard Cruse’s Wendel first appeared in the Advocate that the strip’s comings-out, political work, AIDS activism, and general goings-on seem positively olde-timey. Cruse is the king of crosshatching, and his characters—especially sweet, sexy Wendel—are beautifully drawn. (I know at least one lesbian who has shown the strip to her barber and asked for a haircut like Wendel’s.) Cruse’s semi-autobiographical graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, about growing up gay in the segregated South of the 1960s, is also amazing.

Wendel, Barela’s long-running series Leonard & Larry, partially collected in this volume, was a continuing saga about the everyday lives of gay Americans. Less overtly political than Wendel, the strip, about a leather-store owner and a photographer, chronicles the challenges of coupledom, fatherhood, exes, friends, and aging.

The Killer Condom by Ralf König. König’s wonderfully sexual gay cartoons often show up in alternative comics collections, but The Killer Condom, a faux noir set in a nightmare version of New York City, is his best-known work. It first appeared in his native Germany in 1988 and was made into a movie in 1996.

by Alison Bechdel. Bechdel has won countless awards for her graphic novels (recently transformed into musical theater) and Are You My Mother?, but before she entered the mainstream, she created a timeless comic strip—“half op-ed column and half endless, serialized Victorian novel”—about a group of everylesbians in an unnamed city in the Midwest. If you read only one book—comic or otherwise—about dykes in America, make it this one.

by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. A very 21 st-century story about a 16-year-old girl in love with a female teacher. Here, love is just one more painful, confusing part of the painful, confusing process of growing up.

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh. In some ways, this is a European version of the Canadian Skim—though falling in love with a slightly older girl is a lot less complicated that swooning for a teacher. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, though, and the book is much gloomier than the movie it inspired. Still, the graphic novel, which Maroh began when she was just 19, does a wonderful job of conveying the excitement, terror, and obsession of young love.

On Loving Women by Diane Obomsawin. This French-Canadian artist’s characters often look more like animals than people, but the real-life coming-out stories they tell are deeply human and humane.

Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond “Gay and Straight,” ed. Charles “Zan” Christensen. This 2013 release from Northwest Press, which specializes in LGBTQ comics, is a compilation of strips about the space between and beyond “heterosexual” and “homosexual.” The book’s big takeaway: Don’t fence anyone in!

by Dylan Edwards. These gorgeous comics were inspired by interviews with seven trans guys who are also gay or bi. The men are all very different, but they share a sense of discovery, excitement, and joy.

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Digital comic book startup ComiXology has removed 56 comic books from its iOS app store this past week because they contained content that didn’t meet Apple’s guidelines.

More specifically, these comic books contained explicit sexual material — stories involving homosexuality, Satan, and other adult-related themes. Some of the series removed from the store include Angry Youth Comics, Black Kiss, Chicken Soup for Satan, Crawl Space: Xxxombies, No Straight Lines, Prison Pit, Satan Gone Wild, The Boys vol. 5 from Dynamite, and Image Comics-published series Sex. Interestingly enough, many of the aforementioned comics can still be found within Apple’s own iBookstore. [See the image gallery below.]

39 Sex Toys Every Gay Man Should Try

I’ll be honest guys, I did not enjoy sex toys when I first came on the scene. I was a freshman in college, brand new to sex, and all my friends, left and right, were exploring their anal pleasures with dildos. “It helps you get used to the feeling,” one guy told me in his dorm room. “I go at my own speed so that when the real thing comes, I’m ready.”

Our hopes were soon met. I started college a few months after Grindr hit the app store. We all quickly discovered sex via the glowing orange icons on our phones. This was my initial understanding of toys: They were ass-trainers, a second-hand way of experiencing the “real thing,” and no matter how nice they were, they were inferior to flesh and blood. I believed “sex toys” for gay men stopped at dildos and prostate stimulators, and I did not consider them legitimate sex play all on their own.

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In the years since, I have learned that there are many gay sex toys out there beyond anal toys, although these are certainly the majority, and anal toys toys are more than substitutions for penises. Some toys, like the Ass Hammer (see #28), deliver mind-blowing sensations that a penis simply cannot replicate. Nothing will ever replace traditional sex — sex toys simply expand the experiential buffet of sexual pleasure to its true, limitless margin.

As you begin your toy sexploration, you will find that, although there are endless naughty novelty stores in the world, good toys are surprisingly hard to find. You could scour the Internet or make expensive pilgrimages to your nearest big city to visit a sexual retailer catered exclusively to gay men — nearly every big city has one — or you could start with this list of 39 sex toys you have to try, some of which are for beginners and others for seasoned adventurists. Welcome to Toyland, and enjoy the ride.

9. Thug Double Fucker

Blessed be the three men that first discovered double penetration — DP is one of the greatest gifts that gay men have been given. But if you’re trying to have a two-person, monogamous relationship, or if you are not quite ready to be double-fucked by two guys, try this toy. It would probably fall into the sex toy category of “cock extenders,” although it does not extend or expand the top’s penis. Rather, it attaches a dildo to his dick and gives you the opportunity to “take two” without a third man present. Oxballs makes some of the world’s best anal toys, great for all us pigs into extreme ass play. 

39. Sex Music

This may be a surprising cap to this list — no one ever talks about tunes as a sexual enhancer. Background music not only sets the mood, but it is also one of the cheapest sexual accoutrements you will buy, and certainly one of the most effective.

Mr. S Leather sells album mixes from one of the North American leather world’s favorite DJs, M. Arana, who has been a repeat guest at the Folsom Street Fair and DJed the San Francisco Leather Ball, the Mr. Fire Island Leather Contest, the Mr. East Coast Rubber Contest in New York, and other sexually-charged events. His mixes sound like darkrooms and play areas and immediately make you feel nasty. And much to my surprise, his albums are available on iTunes alongside other sex music-makers like Tony Barre and the old-school Butt Boy (known for tracks like “Phallidance” and “The Sling”).

If you’re looking for something that sounds less like a dungeon and more like a dance club, try the young LA-based EDM artist TR/ST — his sexed-up, mopey tracks like “Are We Arc?” on his recent album Joyland are great for a relaxed fisting session. 

Hungry for more? Don’t miss „36 Fetishes Every Gay Man Should Know“ and „30 Kinky Terms Every Gay Man Needs to Know.“