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394                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
                                         The Rawhide Male, Issue 2 of Four Issues
                                         (1966-1969).  There  was  a  mid-twentieth-
                                         century thirst for gay magazines years before
                                         small gay book publishers were founded in
                                         the late 1980s. In 1945, Bob Mizer of AMG
                                         in LA began publishing Physique Pictorial.
                                         In the 1950s-60s, Chuck Renslow and Eti-
                                         enne of Kris Studio in Chicago showcased
                                         their  aggressively  homomasculine  photo-
                                         graphs in the pre-Drummer magazines they
                                         published: Mars, Triumph, and The Rawhide
                                         Male featuring men such as Mike Bradburn,
                                         and the redheaded and bearded Irish lum-
                                         berjack Don Dunne. It is a gay popular
                                         culture truth: millions more people read the
                                         214 issues of Drummer during twenty four
                                         years (1975-1999) than have read all that
                                         period’s best-selling gay novels combined.
                                         Used with permission of Chuck Renslow
                                         and the Leather Archives & Museum.

                  Captions: Eyewitness documentation of the existence of graphics providing
                  internal evidence supporting Jack Fritscher’s text are located in the Jack Fritscher
                  and Mark Hemry GLBT History collection. Out of respect for issues of copy-
                  right, model releases, permissions, and privacy, some graphics are not available
                  for publication at this time, but can be shown by appointment.


                       Photograph. “Thumper Stradling Motorcycle, South of Market.” Blue-
            Eyewitness  eyed biker and wrestler Jim McPherson aka Thumper was the most
            Illustration popular barber in the Castro in the Titanic 1970s. He was upbeat and
                       dripped virile sex appeal. Men wanted his strong hands on their heads.
            He was exemplar and participant in “Gay Jock Sports,” Drummer 20 (January 1978), and
            was the star of Jack Fritscher’s Super-8 film Thumper (1974). He appeared in Drummer 115
            (April 1988). Photographer unknown.





















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