Item #8246 After Dark. After Dark, William Como, The Castro.

After Dark. The National Magazine of Entertainment

New York: Danad Publishing Company, 1979. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stapled paper wraps.

June 1979 issue of After Dark magazine, with feature on San Francisco's Castro, the summer movies of '79 (Rocky II, The Main Event), and a profile on Tom Skerritt. 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 12, No.2. Light rubbing and creasing. Very good. Item #8246


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