Item #8604 After Dark. After Dark, Charles Kriebel, Cherry Vanilla, cover.

After Dark. The National Magazine of Entertainment

New York: Danad Publishing Company, 1980. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stapled paper wraps.

March 1980 issue of After Dark magazine, with actress, publicist and feminist glam rock icon Cherry Vanilla on the cover. 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. 11. Light rubbing and creasing. Very good. Item #8604