PHOTOS: Global Male Bonding Through Bodybuilding

Universal Hunks: A Pictorial History of Muscular Men Around the World, 1895-1975 shows rare historic images of bodybuilding as a world-wide phenomenon.

BY Christopher Harrity

November 01 2013 3:00 AM ET

Serge Nubret (1938–2011) was born on the Caribbean island of Guadaloupe, but he and his family moved to France in 1950. By 1958, he was convinced that he could become a world-class bodybuilder, and dedicated himself to building a superb physique. Perhaps the best description of Nubret’s effect was found in an obituary in the Canadian publication MuscleMag, from fellow bodybuilder Ric Drasin: “With the glow of sweat on his dark skin, he looked like a highly polished statue. Every ripple in his muscles reflected light, and you could see them twitch under his skin with every movement, much like a racehorse. He was quite a sight to see, even for a fellow bodybuilder.” An unknown photographer took this photo in the mid-1970s.


Universal Hunks is Chapman’s twelfth book, and the next in his incredibly popular series on bodybuilding and the muscular human form. (Don’t miss American Hunks and Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women.)

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