Feb 23, 2015
The Mystery of Cavelo
I was particularly drawn to two albums from Zeus Studios featuring wordless comics drawn by someone named Cavelo:
The Cavelo Portfolio (1979).
He drew buffed, fully nude men in mild bondage and S&M situations, usually in the historic past: ancient Rome, the old West, the French foreign legion.
There was no sex, no activity of any sort. Cavelo always depicted the men in the moment before.
He published three albums, plus cartoons and illustrations in six issues of Drummer magazine, all between 1978 and 1985. A limited repertoire, compared to his contemporaries, Sean and Tom of Finland.
Then his work ended, leaving fans to wonder: where did this spectacular beefcake artist come from? Where did he go?
Thirty years later, they are still wondering.
We know only that he lived in Los Angeles, and his real name was Leon Carvalho.
There's a Leon Carvalho living in Los Angeles today, a marine recruiter. Probably not the same one.
See also: Tom of Finland; Sean and the World of Gay Leathermen