|Tentacle capture from 'That Man from AUNTIE' *|
|Buddy torture capture from 'That Man from AUNTIE' *|
|from 'That Man from AUNTIE' * (click to enlarge)|
|The Drums of Bang Kock Wong|
|from 'Daredevil', the abduction of B.O. aka Amyl Arm Pits|
|from Bang Kock Wong|
|from Daredevil Doll|
*There's a good round-up of acronyms and characters in the wiki article on Harry Chess
It's easy to dismiss Ajay's contribution to gay culture and liberation through his Harry Chess comics, but his assertion of all things gay, both sexual and social, serious and camp back in the mid-sixties, represented a rare (if not unprecedented) public expression of a completely formed and genuine, gay, cultural identity which was contemporary and not glorified by classical precedents. All gay men could potentially see and recognise themselves in the references, gags and political barbs, something that had never happened before in such an open way. As such he deserves to stand proudly alongside Armistead Maupin whose 'Tales of the City' stories set out on their similar (if less pornographic) path much later, in 1978.
In Part 3 of this article I will look at Ajay's more convential erotic images
which give a more rounded view of his artistic capabilities.
Go to Part3
Note: Part 1 of this article was originally published in 2008
but entirely re-written in 2018 and Parts 2 and 3 added