Fans who long the "old Eddie Murphy" can catch a glimpse of him on this month's throwback cover of UPTOWN magazine. The cover shot includes a photo of Murphy clad in black leather, presumably from his live performance days in the 1980s.

The "Best of" issue features an essay by cultural critic dream hampton on why Murphy's groundbreaking career is the perfect case study of fame, race, sexuality and Hollywood.

The issue is on magazine stands now.