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Stryker, Jim (Model/Subject) & Kundzicz, Walter (Champion Studios). JIM STRYKER: "BASKETBALL IN JOCKSTRAP" PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER KUNDZICZ. New York City, NY: Champion Studio, 1962. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Fine.

Rare Jim Stryker and Walter Kundzicz/Champion Studios collectible set. A contemporary silver-gelatin print of Jim Stryker, the single most popular and most good-looking male-nude model discovered by Walter Kundzicz, as photographed in 1961 in the studio, in one of his most beautiful and iconic portraits. The print is a re-issue (it was originally issued in 1961, but the vintage prints have vanished), and shows Jim Stryker playing basketball wearing only a jockstrap. Comes with a copy of The Young Physique Magazine Annual 1962 Issue, which features Stryker on the cover and reproduces the photograph inside. The photograph measures 3.5 X 5 inches and has white borders. It is encased in a protective plastic sheet. The photograph shows Jim Stryker holding a basketball, scantily and markedly clad in a jockstrap, in dramatic studio lighting (which beautifully captures his shadow). "Famous for quality color images of handsome, athletic young men from the late 1950's and early 1960's, these photographs of scantily clad athletes (packed with amusing props, costumes, and bulging posing pouches) are notable not only for the commercial success they enjoyed during their heyday but also for their enduring creativity and imagination. Kundzicz and his work left an indelible imprint on male physique photography. Today, nearly half a century later, Kundzicz's work and his most popular models continue to have their ardent fans" (Reed Massengill). Jim Stryker is the prototypical All-American male beauty. He anticipates by about two decades the model/stars of the reigning American photographer of the male nude, Bruce Weber. This is the genuine article, not just memorabilia, a "must-have" collectible for Jim Stryker, Walter Kundzicz/Champion, and male erotic art photography collectors. This is a contemporary silver-gelatin print, is now very difficult to find, and highly collectible. It comes with a copy of The Young Physique Magazine Annual Issue, which shows Jim Stryker in the only "lying-down", full-frontal pose we have seen, and is also now very scarce. This is the only such set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. There are Jim Stryker/Walter Kundzicz prints and digital copies available online, but most of them have major flaws and have little or no collectible value. A rare set thus. One of the iconic American male-nude models of the 20th century. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER JIM STRYKER, TUCK POWELL, JOE DALLESANDRO, AND BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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