Today's post is a continuation of our look at Trojan Books. Based on the little information I've found, these books date from 1971-1977.
Published by GX, Incorporated of Chatsworth, CA, Trojan Classics are distinguished by a small Trojan helmet in the upper left and a mask of Zorro in the upper right. The mask of Zorro references their distributor; Zorro Distributing Company of San Diego, CA. Among their imprints: Trojan Classics, Locker Room Library, Golden Helmet Classics, Spartan Classics, Gay Way, Svensk Series and Zorro Books.
Uniquely, the Trojan Classics imprint offed up exclusively gay male-oriented novels.
Presented on solid color backgrounds, the covers all feature rather naïve black ink/pencil drawings.
Here, the covers are presented in order of publication, based on the company's sequential numbering system and a list published in the back of one of Trojan Classic's titles. Those lists in the back of the book were the primary way in which adult publishing companies were able to survive. The lists we accompanied by directions on how to order additional titles. These mail order sales helped keep the company afloat. And, yes, for discretion's sake, all deliveries were promised to arrive in plain brown packaging.
This is one of my favorite covers. I like the expressive faces, the Tom of Finland bulge on that cop, the melding buttocks, the toothpaste - held just so - shooting forth... it's sexy fun. My only issue is the blow-dried helmet hair on The Tooth Fairy. But why quibble.
That's it for this week. Next time, part four of five. Hey, given Trojan Books penchant for quintologies (not a real word), how appropriate that we're covering their covers in five installments!
Thanks for reading!