Item #6676 After Dark. Louis Miele, Marilyn Monroe, Antonio Lopez, cover, contributor.

After Dark. The Magazine of Entertainment

New York: Danad Publishing Company, 1981. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stapled paper wraps.

September 1981 issue of After Dark magazine, with a cover feature story on Marilyn Monroe, and a portfolio of work by Nuyorican fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. After Dark published monthly from May 1968 to January 1983, and covered everything cultural, high and low: dance, art, theater, film, celebrity, fashion, and city life. For its entire decade and a half run, After Dark existed on the edge of stealth, revealing its identity through its homoerotic aesthetic and cultural alignment while never coming out explicitly as a gay publication. “I wrote for After Dark which was a gay magazine that never said it was a gay magazine,” says Michael Musto, a legacy journalist who has covered all things queer since the 1980s. Uniquely, the magazine left a vivid legacy, one that documented and depicted gay life during a cultural boom between the major historical bellwethers of Stonewall and AIDS. Volume 14, Nos. 3/4. Light rubbing and creasing. Very good. Item #6676