After Dark. The National Magazine of Entertainment
New York: Danad Publishing Company, 1978. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stapled paper wraps.
October 1978 issue of After Dark magazine, with Jacqueline Bisset on the cover, and a piece on David Bowie in Berlin, on the occasion of his appearance in the film Just a Gigolo. 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 11, No. 6. Light edgewear. Very good. Item #7356