Once Greenleaf Classic's Pleasure Reader imprint began concentrating exclusively on gay-oriented titles, they went through several distinct branding motifs. Today, we will begin to look at the third phase. The first gay-oriented covers for the imprint consisted of colorful classic pulp fiction illustrations with taglines, while the second featured artistically done black and white photos of male nudes. With this third phase, they would utilize black ink drawings/ paintings, mostly done by an unknown artist, although Robert Bonfils and an illustrator by the name of Savage would also contribute covers. These drawings would incorporate a variety of styles popular at the time and be featured on the covers of 108 titles for this imprint.
It should be noted that these novels are quite a bit different than your standard jerk-off material. That was due to the influence and demands of Greenleaf Classic's editor Ginger Sisson. Ginger, a rare female editor in the industry, actively sought out and desired to publish high-quality gay literature. Her quality demands were so strict that she actually drove several writers, including Larry Townsend, to seek out other publishers. Both Larry and Dean Goodman cite her has a major influence during this time period.
Here are the first dozen covers:
Peter Tuesday Hughes (quite the pen name) was very prolific with a total of 33 books in the genre, many of which were for the Blueboy Library imprint. He primarily wrote gay-oriented sci-fi and mystery novels, and is noted as an early exponent of the gay gothic subgenre. More on him later in this post.
This is the only title credited to Nick Roberts.
William J. Lambert, III (William Maltese) is an extremely prolific author who has written in a number of genres. His pseudonyms include Christopher Dane, Adriana DeBolt, Karl Klyne, Anna Lambert, Billy Lambert, W Lambert III, Willa Lambert, William Maltese, Lambert Wilhelm and several others. He's written gay-oriented novels for many imprints, including Greenleaf Classics, BlueBoy, His69 and Golden Boy Books. This is the first of three detective novels in the Adonis series. His most recent novel was published in 2019.
Teryl Andrews is a pseudonym used by television writer Thom Racina. We first learned about him, here.
In 2013, Peter Tuesday Hughes' 'Bruce Doe' novels, a series of six mysteries, were named one of the top ten mystery series by The Lambda Literary Review.
More from the prolific Lance Lester. Lance was first mentioned in this series, here.