Oliver Frey, born in Zurich in 1948, grew up fluent in Italian — his parents hailed from Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland — as well as German. His artistic career started in 1956, when he was almost eight, and the Frey family went to live in Britain. On the Silver City air ferry a steward handed the puzzled Oliver a Dan Dare badge. It looked exciting, but who was this Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future? The answer was supplied almost immediately, in the hotel where they stayed before finding a place to live. Tucked under the cushions of a sofa in the residents' lounge, he found copies of Eagle comic, and the badge and the Dan Dare strip matched up.
During his high school years in Switzerland, Frey followed an American correspondence course called The Famous Artists.
After spending six months in the Swiss army, and dropping out of Berne University, Frey moved to Britain once again and started a two-year course at the London Film School during which he supported himself with freelance work, including drawing historical illustrations for the War Picture Library.
Through the late 1970s and 1980s Oliver Frey was a prolific creator of gay erotic art including a series of a Tom of Finland-style bad-boy hero named "Rogue" for Him Magazine, and has produced, edited and illustrated several issues of Man-to-Man Magazine.
"Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.”
Marquis de Sade
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