Drummer Issues covered in this Volume: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 41, 81, 85

DRUMMER 21, March 1978
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
The Most Perfectly Representative Issue of Drummer
9 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
1 Photograph (Front Cover Portrait): “John Trowbridge as Ex:Con,” designed and cast by Fritscher, and photographed by David Sparrow and Jack Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
2 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Fritscher solo
4 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photos by Sparrow”
1 Story (“In a Pig’s Ass” by Phil Andros) edited and produced by Fritscher
DRUMMER 22, May 1978
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
11 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
2 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Fritscher solo
1 Interview (“Tom of Finland” by Robert Opel) Produced by Fritscher
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • Attitude Begets Attitude,” p. 6, editorial
  • Cigar Blues,” pp. 8-12, feature, illustrated with 5 photographs from Fritscher collection but not shot by Fritscher
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial): “Cigar Smoker USMC,” p. 8, by Fritscher solo
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial): “Cigar Smoker Dan Dufort,” p. 14, by Fritscher solo
  • Firebomber: Cigar Sarge,” p. 15, fiction
  • “USMC: Strip-Shaving the Raw Recruit,” pp. 20-21, feature
  • “Astrologic” (Taurus), p. 30, satire
  • Corporal in Charge of Taking Care of Captain O’Malley, Part 1,” pp. 32-35, erotic drama
  • Sebastiane,” pp. 66-67, film review of Derek Jarman
  • End Product: The First Taboo,” p. 69, book review, Fritscher pseudonym as “David Hurles”
  • “Arena Slave Auction,” pp. 73-77, feature
  • “Tom of Finland Interview,” by Robert Opel, pp. 90-91, produced by Fritscher
  • “Club San Francisco, Ritch Street,” pp. 92-93, feature
DRUMMER 23, July 1978
Third Anniversary Issue
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
12 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
12 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Fritscher solo aka “Larry Olson”
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • Gay Pop Culture in Drummer,” p. 6, editorial
  • The Catacombs: Upstairs over a Vacant Lot,” pp. 8-11, feature essay
  • 12 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “The Catacombs,” pp. 8-11, photographs by Fritscher solo aka “Larry Olson”
  • Redneck Biker,” pp. 16-18, poem
  • Astrologic” (Leo), p. 31, satire, limerick
  • “Corporal in Charge of Taking Care of Captain O’Malley, Part 2,” pp. 32-35 & 73, erotic drama
  • “Target Men,” p. 45, captions
  • “Golden Drumsticks Awards,” p. 74, awards column invented this issue by Fritscher
  • Reviewing Straight Magazines: Some Babes in the Woods,” pp. 78, 79, captions, short essay
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 84, feature column created this issue, collected, and produced by Fritscher
  • “How I Spent My Summer Vacation, or, Pigging It in New York,” pp. 87-88, feature essay by Al Shapiro (A. Jay) with Fritscher
  • Submit to Drummer,” p. 94, letter soliciting talent
DRUMMER 24, September 1978
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
9 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
2 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Fritscher solo
47 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photos by David Sparrow”
1 Photograph (Front Cover Portrait) by Robert Mapplethorpe, designed, cast, and produced by Fritscher
  • 1 Photograph (Front Cover Portrait) “The Mapplethorpe Cover: Biker for Hire,” photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe; commissioned, designed, cast, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • Let Us Now Praise Fucking with Authentic Men,” p. 8 and 72-73, editorial
  • Bondage: Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” pp. 16-23 and 76, feature essay
  • 13 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Bondage,” pp. 16-23, photographs by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photos by David Sparrow”
  • Castro Street Blues: 1978 Style,” pp. 32-36, feature satire
  • 11 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Castro Street Fair 1978,” pp. 34-36, photographs by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photos by David Sparrow”
  • “In Hot Blood: Ex-Cons-We Abuse Fags, Part 1,” pp. 37-44, feature interview, created by David Hurles and Fritscher
  • “Jocks: Holtz and Ed Wiley,” pp. 46-52 centerfold, text by Fritscher; see Holtz shot by Fritscher solo on cover of Rainbow County and Other Stories
  • 3 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Richard Locke,” p. 38, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photos by David Sparrow”
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 83, feature column created, collected, and produced by Fritscher
  • “The Quarters: Slave Training,” pp. 10-15, 70-71, essay
  • 20 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “The Quarters,” pp 10-15, 70-71, photographs by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “From the Desk of the D.I. Photos by David Sparrow”
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial): “David Sparrow in Bondage with Collar,” p. 76, by Fritscher solo
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial): “Skip Navarette in Bondage,” p. 76, by Fritscher solo
  • “Men’s Bar Scene: A Farewell to Larry’s,” p. 88, essay
  • “Gay Writers/Writer’s Aid,” p. 86, notice of Fritscher tutorial for erotic authors
SON OF DRUMMER, September 1978, A Drummer Special Issue, published same month as Drummer 24
Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
8 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
8 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Fritscher solo
35 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Sparrow Photography”

Editor’s Note: Fritscher wrote nearly the entirety of this special issue.

  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • “Arab Death,” pp. 8-11, feature; Fritscher bylined by pseudonym, Denny Sargent, the protagonist in 1969 novel I Am Curious (Leather) aka Leather Blues
  • “The Robert Mapplethorpe Gallery (Censored),” pp. 14-17, feature
  • “Target Studios Retrospective,” pp. 22-25, captions
  • Turkish Delight: Macho Wrestling with Leather, Oil, and Heavy Sweat,” pp. 28-30, essay
  • 35 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Ass-Sets,” p. 31, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Sparrow Photography”
  • 4 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Filmstrips: Candle Power,” p. 34, by Fritscher solo
  • 4 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Filmstrips: Rude Rubbers,” p. 35, by Fritscher solo
  • I Am Curious (Leather): The Adventures of Denny Sargent,” pp. 41-47, excerpt of novel Leather Blues
  • Rex Revisited,” p. 48-51, feature essay
  • Chico Is the Man,” pp. 52-54, poem
DRUMMER 25, December 1978
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
Fritscher adds tag line: “Drummer: The American Journal of Gay Popular Culture”
17 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
1 Photograph (Front Cover Portrait) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Staff Photographer David Sparrow”
33 Photographs (Interior Editorial) for Centerfold and Interior Photographs by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Staff Photographer David Sparrow”
  • 1 Photograph (Front Cover Portrait) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Staff Photographer David Sparrow”
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial): “Torso,” contents page, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • Afraid You’re Not Butch Enough?” p. 6, editorial
  • Drummer Gift Guide,” pp. 17-21, captions
  • “Astrologic” (Scorpio), p. 22, satire
  • “Drumbeats, Yule Recipe: Bat,” p. 30, satiric essay
  • Gay Pop Culture Series: Fetishes, Equus (A One-Horse Open Sleigh),” pp. 31-39, review
  • Horsemaster: Come to the Stable,” p. 40, fiction
  • “In Hot Blood: Ex-Cons-We Abuse Fags, Part 2,” pp. 37-44, feature interview, created by David Hurles and Fritscher
  • “Big Mike Dinakos,” p. 49, centerfold captions
  • 7 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Big Mike Dinakos,” p. 49, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Staff Photographer David Sparrow”
  • “We’re Looking for Mr. Drummer,” p. 68, promotional text
  • 2 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Looking for Mr. Drummer,” p. 68, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • The Norseman,” p. 70, film review
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 73, feature column created, collected, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Tough Customers,” p. 75, debut of feature column invented and produced by Fritscher; this column continued for twenty years
  • Dr. Dick, Drummer Goes to the Doctor, Amoebiasis: Your Ass Is Falling Out,” p. 80, feature, based on interview with Dr. Richard Hamilton
  • Drummer Goes to Its Own Party,” pp. 88-91; feature
  • 15 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Drummer Goes to Its Own Party,” pp. 88-91, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • Scottish Games: Men in Kilts,” pp. 92-93, feature
  • 8 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Men in Kilts,” pp. 92-93, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photos by David Sparrow”
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” p. 102, fiction
DRUMMER 26, JANUARY 1979
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
11 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
6 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Fritscher solo
22 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • Grand National Rodeo Blues: Comes a Horseman, Cowboys and Mounties,” pp. 8-17, feature
  • 8 Photographs (Interior Editorial): Cowboys, pp. 10, 12-14, 16, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photo Essay by David Sparrow”
  • 6 Photographs (Interior Editorial): RCMP Mounties, pp. 11, 14-17, by Fritscher solo
  • High Performance: Or, Sex without a Net,” pp. 18-22, review, by Fritscher using pseudonym of David Hurles
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial): “Mike Dinakos with Blond and Ball Gag,” p. 21 by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • Astrologic” (Sagittarius), pp. 30-31, satire
  • The Battered Lex Barker,” pp. 32-36, feature article and captions
  • Midnight Express,” pp. 68-69, review, in collaboration with John Trojanski
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 70, feature column created, collected, and written by Fritscher
  • “Tough Customers,” p. 76, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
  • CMC Carnival 1978: Seaman’s Semen’s End,” pp. 82-85, feature
  • 13 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “CMC Carnival 1978,” pp. 82-85, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • “Gay Writers/Writer’s Aid,” p. 86, notice of Fritscher tutorial for erotic authors
  • “Harvey Milk and Gay Courage: In Passing,” p. 96, essay
DRUMMER 27, February 1979
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
10 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
4 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Sparrow Photography” and “Photos by David Sparrow”
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial), Letters to the Editor, p. 7, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Sparrow Photography”
  • Basic Plumbing Unplugged: LA Plays Hard with Itself,” pp. 8-13, lead feature, by Fritscher with additional reporting by Terry Sabreur
  • Dirty Poole: Everything You Fantasized about Wakefield Poole,” pp. 14-22, cover feature interview
  • 3 Photographs (Interior Editorial): “Wakefield Poole,” p. 15, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Photos by David Sparrow”
  • S&M: The Last Taboo, The Janus Society,” pp. 32-36, feature essay, by Fritscher with additional reporting by “Eric Van Meter”
  • Movie Movie,” pp. 61, film review
  • Superman,” pp. 61-62, film review
  • “Golden Drumsticks Awards: The Pet Gloryhole,” p. 64, awards column created and written by Fritscher
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 70, feature column collected and written by Fritscher
  • “Tough Customers,” p. 76-77, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
  • “Men’s Bar Scene: Drummer Goes to Boots,” pp. 82-84, essay
DRUMMER 28, April 1979
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
6 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
10 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow
Photography”
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • Wet Stough,” pp. 14-17, poem for “Swim Meet” photographs
  • 10 Photographs (Interior Editorial) for “Swim Meet,” pp. 13-14, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow Photography”
  • “Bare-Ass Wrestling,” p. 41, centerfold poem, caption
  • The Deer Hunter,” pp. 53-54, movie review
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 62, feature column created, collected, and written by Fritscher
  • “Tough Customers,” pp. 64-65, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
DRUMMER 29, May 1979
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief
9 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
3 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Sparrow Photography”
1 Story (Mr. Benson by John Preston) edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • The Most Dangerous Game in the Whole Wide World,” p. 6, editorial
  • Drawings by Domino,” p. 9-11, essay in two parts, “Domino/Summer of 1978" and “An Artist’s Statement,”written by Fritscher with Al Shapiro from Shapiro-Fritscher interview
  • Foot Loose,” p.13, poem
  • Noodles Romanov and the Golden Gloves,” pp.14-17, feature article
  • 3 Photographs (Interior Editorial) for “Golden Gloves,” pp. 14, 16-17 by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “Sparrow Photography”
  • Mr. Benson, pp. 18-23, Part One of a novel written by John Preston; edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • On Target: The New American Masculinity,” pp. 37, centerfold copy
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 62, feature column created, collected, and written by Fritscher
  • “Tough Customers,” p. 62, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
  • “Gay Writers/Writer’s Aid,” p. 72, notice for Fritscher tutorial for erotic authors
DRUMMER 30, June 1979
Fourth Anniversary Issue
Masthead: Jack Fritscher, editor in chief, and contributing writer
Copyright on masthead is incorrectly marked as “1978”
8 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
1 Photograph (Front Cover Portrait) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow Photography”
1 Story (Mr. Benson by John Preston) edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • 1 Photograph (Front Cover Portrait): “Val Martin and Bob Hyslop,” by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow Photography”
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • Tit Torture Blues,” pp. 10-18, feature article
  • Meditations on Arthur Tress,” pp. 22-25, four poems for four Tess photographs: “Code 1: Gifts of Nature,” “Code 2: Black Boy,” “Code 3: Sebastiane,” and “Code 4: Confession de Kafka Caca”
  • Mr. Benson, pp. 26-31, Part Two of a novel written by John Preston; edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Zeus Men In Bondage: Introducing a New Studio,” p. 48, centerfold copy
  • The Brothel Hotel,” pp. 63-64, feature review
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 72, feature column created, collected, and produced by Fritscher included two original essays by Fritscher, “Bloody ‘Marys’ at Elephant Walk” and “How Relaxed Can Straights Get?”
  • “Tough Customers,” p. 74-75, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
DRUMMER 31, September 1979
Masthead: Fritscher, who edited Drummer 31, is not credited; Embry removed Fritscher credit line on masthead, but kept some bylines; credit was assigned to “Robert Payne” aka publisher John Embry; the 1970s Drummer salon exited with Fritscher
8 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
40 Photographs (Interior Editorial) for Centerfold by Fritscher (Solo) credited wrongly by Embry to “Sparrow Photography”
1 Story (Mr. Benson by John Preston) edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Contents Page,” one liners
  • “Martin of Holland Interview,” pp. 18-19, feature interview, written by Al Shapiro (A. Jay) and Fritscher; Fritscher byline deleted by Embry
  • The First International Mr. Leather (IML),” pp. 20-24, feature
  • 40 Photographs (Interior Editorial, Centerfold): “Spit, Sweat, and Piss with Val Martin and Bob Hyslop,” pp. 41-48, shot by Fritscher solo—with byline changed by Embry to “Sparrow Photography”
  • Mr. Benson, pp. 25-29, Part Three of a novel written by John Preston; edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 64, feature column created, collected, and produced by Fritscher
    “Tough Customers,” pp. 66-67, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
  • The Macho Images of Tony Plewik: A Drummer Do-er’s Profile,” pp. 68-70, essay
    “Men’s Bar Scene: Pure Trash,” pp. 74-75, essay
  • “In Passing, Robert Opel: His Last High Performance, His Murder,” p. 86, essay, collage from original reporting by Maitland Zane, San Francisco Chronicle
DRUMMER 32, October 1979
Masthead: Fritscher, who edited Drummer 32, was not credited; credit was assigned to “Robert Payne” aka publisher John Embry; Embry removed Fritscher’s credit line on masthead, leaving only the coded byline, “20 June 1979,” Fritscher’s birth date, on p. 19.
5 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
1 Story (Mr. Benson by John Preston) edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • “A Confidential Drummer Dossier,” pp. 19-21, byline coded with Fritscher birth date (6-20-39)
  • Mr. Benson, pp. 22-27, Part Four of a novel written by John Preston; edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • “The Men by Robert Opel,” pp. 28-29, writing by Robert Opel researched, collected, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 66, feature column created, collected, and produced by Fritscher
  • “Tough Customers,” pp. 68-69, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
  • “Conrap,” p.71, debut of column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher with reporting by David Hurles (Old Reliable)
  • “Tough Tales,” pp. 72-73, 76, debut of column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
DRUMMER RIDES AGAIN, December 1978, A Drummer Special Issue, published same month as Drummer 33
No masthead listed, deleted because of arguments over byline representation; issue initially edited and produced by Fritscher; subsequent changes and deletions in content by “Robert Payne” with credit for editing by “Robert Payne” hidden at bottom of contents page, p. 3
1 Piece of Writing by Fritscher
1 Photograph (Interior Editorial) by Fritscher solo
13 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow Photography”
2 Graphic Features (Cavelo Art; Rink Photography) Produced by Fritscher
  • “Bound and Gagged: Zeus Studio.” text for photo feature
  • “Cavelo’s Men,” pp. 24-27, produced by Fritscher; new text by “Robert Payne”
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial), p. 44, by Fritscher solo (wrongly credited to “Photo by David Sparrow”)
  • “A Very Private Orgy: Photos by Rink,” pp. 50-52, produced by Fritscher; new text by “Robert Payne”
  • 13 Photographs (Interior Editorial), “The Quarters: How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” pp. 45, 53-56, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow Photography”
DRUMMER 33, December 1979
Masthead: Fritscher performed basic edit on Drummer 33 which was credited to “Robert Payne”; Embry completed removal of Fritscher byline and deleted two feature articles by Fritscher and five photographs by Sparrow and Fritscher
5 Pieces of Writing by Fritscher
1 Photograph (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
1 Story (Mr. Benson by John Preston) edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher
  • 1 Photograph (Interior Editorial), contents page, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • Drummer Gift Guide,” pp. 19-23, captions
  • Mr. Benson, pp. 24-29, Part Five of a novel written by John Preston; edited, serialized, and produced by Fritscher; beginning with Part Six, Embry ended the Fritscher edit and serialization of Mr. Benson
  • “Tough Shit,” p. 66, feature column created, collected, and produced by Fritscher
    “Tough Customers,” pp. 68-69, feature column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
  • “Conrap,” p.71, debut of column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher with reporting by David Hurles (Old Reliable)
  • “Tough Tales,” pp. 72-73, 76, debut of column created, collected, and edited by Fritscher
DRUMMER 41, December 1980
1 Piece of Writing by Fritscher (Fritscher’s “Astrologic” Pirated and Reprinted without Copyright Permission and Falsely Bylined as “Aristide”)
2 Photographs (Interior Editorial) by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”
  • “Astrologic” (Sagitarrius), p. 63, written by Fritscher and pirated in a reprint by Publisher Embry and Editor John W. Rowberry without permission from Fritscher’s copyright column “Astrologic” in Drummer 21 (March 1978), p. 30; Embry and Rowberry collude in this direct violation of Fritscher’s copyright; falsely assigning the by-line to “Aristide,” they set out to deceive the readership by rearranging the order of the months in Fritscher’s original in order to recycle and resell the column.
  • 2 Photographs (Interior Editorial) from “The Quarters,” p. 43 (inset in “Key Club Carpenters”), and p. 44, by Sparrow and Fritscher dba “David Sparrow”; both reprinted without permission
DRUMMER 81, February 1984
1 Editorial Mention: 2 Books Reviews
  • Editorial Mention: Book review, “Drummedia Books: Men Who Say Yo,” p. 81, review written by Aaron Travis (Steven Saylor) of two books collecting Fritscher’s fiction first published in Drummer: the anthology Corporal in Charge of Taking Care of Captain O’Malley and Other Stories and the novel Leather Blues
DRUMMER 85, December 1985
10th Anniversary Issue
1 Piece of Writing by Fritscher
  • “Smut Is Where You Find It—Erotic Writers: What They Read to Turn on,” p. 86, personal essay

GAY SAN FRANCISCO:
EYEWITNESS DRUMMER

by
JACK FRITSCHER
Founding San Francisco Editor in Chief

Drummer Magazine
DRAFT TEXT: Volume 2
The Writing and Photography of Jack Fritscher
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