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               the anti-avant-garde publisher who would soon work with Opel,
               Mapplethorpe, and Fritscher].

               Seven years later, Embry, the Sisyphus, continued rolling his grudge
            uphill in the April 1983 issue of Manifest [Reader] 11, when he wrote on page
            5, his “Publisher’s Page”:

               Things We Never Knew Department. We received the promo pic-
               tured at left [a display ad from Torso magazine touting, “How did
               Torso become the #1 gay magazine in only 5 issues?”]...which asks
               a question we would love to hear answered. Torso is the combined
               effort of former  Blueboy  publisher Don Embinder and [George
               Mavety’s publishing group] Modernismo (Mandate, Honcho, and
               Playguy). But perhaps you didn’t realize it was the #1 gay magazine
               either. We certainly didn’t—and don’t.

               In Embry’s unending shell game, he had the gall to print a full page ad
            in Drummer 14 selling—via his own mail-order company—the very issue of
            Blueboy he had condemned in Drummer 9. The ad trumpeted what Embry
            wanted for Drummer: the buzz of censorship and scandal that promotes
            sales. About Blueboy, Embry wrote: “Banned in Canada and Belgium. Now
            a Collector’s Item! Only 500 Copies Left!”


            Here I can only allege how famous  Drummer  contributors felt fall-out
            from the Blacklist, because the living, even my lovers and friends on this
            Drummer Salon list, may have other versions than my Rashomon recall: Larry
            Townsend, Tom of Finland (who was Blacklisted over money and never got
            a Drummer cover from Embry), David Sparrow, Robert Mapplethorpe, Al
            Shapiro, John Rechy (Drummer 16, Drummer 17, page 90), Crawford Barton,
            Fred Halsted, David Hurles (Old Reliable), Sam Steward (Phil Andros),
            Jim Kane, Ike Barnes, Ed Franklin, Rex, and Colt Studio co-founders, Jim
            French and Lou Thomas.
               In Drummer 9 (Halloween 1976), Embry ran a half-page ad for the
            “Colt  1977 Calendar.” Because  of that  issue’s  misdirected “Cycle  Sluts”
            cover, Colt withdrew advertising for Drummer 10, and re-appeared no more
            than once again in the centerfold featuring Colt’s Manfred Speer in trade for
            a Colt Studio ad in Drummer 19. Rumor abounded that something caused
            Jim French to refuse any further association of Colt with Drummer. Or was

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