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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 19                       487

             no-fluid-exchange behavior around AIDS as well as due to the typing-
             and-layout workload required before computers, we shocked Embry, the
             mail-order king. Mark Hemry wrote a check to each of our subscribers
             personally refunding whatever amount remained on his or her Man2Man
                What an upside there was to the wild popularity of our very high-
             concept title of Man2Man in 1980. It prompted Embry and queerstream
             culture to focus, really focus, for the first time outside Drummer on gay
             men as men, on gay men who liked men masculine, on masculinity, and on
             homomasculinity. The only downside was a bit of static from some female-
             identified gay men, but not from women. At that time, there still existed
             the gay liberation unity of the 1970s before Marxist separatists broke that
             accord into the politically correct 1980s civil war over gender that continued
             as homomasculine men remained effectively excluded from gay culture in
             publications such as The Advocate.
                To  Embry’s  undying  chagrin,  one of the  first  fans  of  Man2Man
             was Anthony DeBlase who had in Chicago, 1979, begun publishing his
             DungeonMaster magazine, as his own “Virtual Drummer,” to compete with
             Drummer. DeBlase had written a letter to that effect to me, the editor of
             Man2Man, on August 24, 1980.
                Sixteen years later, on December 26, 1996, DeBlase, already morbidly
             ill with congestive heart failure, sent another note (handwritten in red ink)
             to Mark Hemry and me. He specifically requested a complete “leather heri-
             tage” set of Man2Man for Chuck Renslow’s Leather Archives & Museum
             in Chicago. With that beatifying letter from DeBlase, the little grass-roots
             Man2Man entered the canon of gay magazine culture.
                Other early fans and subscribers of  Man2Man  included genera-
             tional pioneers such as Thom Gunn, Larry Townsend, Arnie Kantrowitz,
             Robert Mapplethorpe, Elliott Siegel, A. Jay aka Al Shapiro, Alan Bennett,
             Wakefield Poole, Jim Kane, Mark I. Chester, Domino aka Don Merrick,
             Artie Haber, Charles Herschberg, Ed Menerth, David Lewis and Peter Fiske
             of the 15 Association, Steve McEachern of the Catacombs, Jim Olander of
             DungeonMaster, Don Morrison and Frank Olson of the Anvil Bar in New
             York, Lou Thomas of Colt and Target studios, David Stein of GMSMA,
             and Patrick Califia.
                Thom Gunn told The Sentinel newspaper in San Francisco of his love
             for the underground genre of dirty little zines like Man2Man when he said:
             “Personally, I have been far more influenced by the wit and style of The
             Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts than I have been by the tiresome campi-
             ness of Ronald Firbank, who is usually taken as one of the chief exemplars of

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