|The Legion of Super Heroes, Joe Phillips|
|American Gothic, Joe Phillips|
"Society experiences an increasing number of changes with an increasing rapidity, while people are losing the familiarity that old institutions (religion, family, national identity, profession) once provided."
|Marriage License, 1955, |
|Marriage License, 2005, |
|Joe Phillips Self-portrait|
|In just a few years, this Superman ...|
|became this Superman|
|Phillip's sexy Batgirl|
|Phillips' saucy Wonder Woman|
|Boys Will Be Boys, Joe Phillips|
During the 1990s, Joe Phillips' superheroes evolved into sexual icons adopted by the LGBT community as both erotic images as well as symbols of the growing power of their movement. Moreover, having a strong academic background in drawing since high school and later as a result of his involvement in European street art, he easily took to "penciling" comic books, a skilled profession he pursued well into his twenties. His published portfolio of work grew to impressive numbers and excellence. Thus, when Eriq Chang, art director of XY Magazine, spotted his sexualized Superman/Superboy work, Phillips was well prepared to produce his first gay cartoon character, Joe Boy, for the gay-oriented publication. This, in turn, led to opportunities for additional gay comics, including a hardcore spoof of Star Trek.
|Angel, Joe Phillips|
|Phillips' friend, Whoopie|
|Phillips' homoerotic tribute |
to Maxfield Parrish
|Phillips' take on Eisenstaedt's|
iconic Times Square photo.
|Cover of Phillip's Zodiac calendar.|