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498                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.

            Display ad in Drummer. Old Reliable was the wildly successful photographer who was most
            responsible for expanding the Drummer concept of homomasculinity and S&M as rough
            sex. When other gay magazines ran in terror of Old Reliable’s scary ex-cons and drop-dead
            sexy rough trade, editor in chief Fritscher coaxed Old Reliable into Drummer 20 (January
            1978) and brought him out aggressively as a “personality” in Drummer 21 (March 1978).
            Because of Old Reliable alongside all the other fresh Drummer-forming essentials of that
            issue, Drummer 21 is the best issue of Drummer. Drummer 21 is the perfect Drummer
            issue. Drummer 21 is the Platonic Ideal of what Drummer could be.  In 1986, Drummer
            publisher Tony DeBlase wrote about 1970s Drummer: “Fritscher’s discovery David Hurles’
            Old Reliable photos and A. Jay’s drawings characterized this era....and A. Jay’s illustrations
            for stories and ads had exactly the right look for Jack Fritscher’s version of Drummer.”
            Photographs by David Hurles. ©David Hurles. Used with permission.

          ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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