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Monday, March 29, 2010

Venus Revealed: The Pubic Wars 6 1974 Part 2

Hustler's first edition, July 1974

The second half of 1974 brought yet another mens' magazine into the increasingly crowded marketplace. Unlike previous ones, which had all been aiming at the Playboy market, Hustler was firmly aimed, in every way, at a much lower common denominator than the other magazines on the newsstands.

Larry Flynt

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt’s new magazine was born out of Gallery, Ron Fenton's shameless rip-off of Playboy, first published two years earlier. Fenton’s attempts to copy Hugh Hefner’s lifestyle (including buying a mansion close to Hefner’s and opening a club) were putting pressure on Gallery’s finances. Flynt invested some money in the magazine. although eventually Fenton lost control of it. but he and Flynt planned to collaborate on a new magazine which they decided should be more explicit than Playboy. When Fenton lost interest in the project Flynt decided to go it alone. Hustler, therefore, appeared right at a time when Guccione thought that he had seen off Playboy in the Pubic Wars only to find he was being attacked on a new front.

Flynt was a a 32 year old Kentucky-born redneck who had launched the original Hustler as a four page black and white newsletter to publicise his chain of Ohio based Hustler strip clubs. In 1972 he expanded this to a 32 page black and white magazine which he christened The Hustler News

Althea became Flynt's wife in 1976

The extra pages allowed him to feature pictures of naked girls, who were all, initially, strippers from his clubs.  Later in 1972 he changed the name of the publication to, simply, Hustler.

In its final incarnation the magazine was known as The Hustler but the last issue of this appeared in October 1973.  There would be a ten month gap until Hustler appeared.

Hustler December 1972

For his new colour magazine he therefore simply expanded again. Flynt had no pretensions about producing art or wanting to liberalise society; he just wanted to make money.

 Cover girl Inge from July 1974

The girls in the first issue of Hustler, howevercould have dropped straight from the pages of Penthouse with their gauzy photography and self caressing, although some of the self caressing was stronger than even Penthouse was doing at the time.  There was no sign, yet, of the style of the magazine which would push at the boundaries of the Pubic Wars in the next few years.

Although the girls in the first issue had exotically Scandinavian names all of Flynt's first models were dancers from his clubs, mainly because he could pay them a lot less than proper models.  They'd probably never even heard of Scandinavia let alone come from there.  The first pictorial featured some of these girls

Marida Lindbloom from July 1974

Marida#' self caressing shot was actually effectively sensual.  "Marida Lindbloom, 20, collects small ceramic animals," began her pictorial.  Somebody was having a joke, I think.

Finally, that month Vicki had her hand between her legs, including a delicately extended finger. although unlike the Penthouse approach she is looking ta the camera.

Vicki had two apparent pussy touching shots in her pictorial in what was, no doubt, sadeclaration of a more aggressive sexual approach to its pictures. Flynt deliberately targetted his magazine at the average American male and not the sort of high income college-educated group that Playboy and Penthouse seemed to be aimed at. In this first issue he wrote: "Anybody can be a playboy in a penthouse but it takes a man to be a Hustler".  He wasn't pretending that he wasn't in a war.

So how did Penthouse respond to this new threat?  On the cover of their July issue they featured German born Brigitte Maier who had just started out on a career in erotic films. Born in Schleswig-Holstein her family moved to the US when she was four.  She was twenty-two when she posed for Penthouse and appeared in a number of conventional glamour magazines, including an appearance in Playboy the following year.

Brigitte in Playmen

The same year she appeared as "Brandy Blue" in the October 1974 issue of the Italian Playboy clone Playmen, in a very Penthouse like, mildly soft-focus pictorial.

Brigitte for Penthouse in July

Her Penthouse pictorial was shot by Earl Miller and included one picture where she was flashing her clitoral hood.  The accompanying piece was quite upfront about her being a porn star and she had been appearing in films, by this time, for a number of years. 

Brigitte in Sensations (1975)

She left the US for Sweden and then moved to the Netherlands where she met erotic film director Lasse Braun, whose girlfriend she became.  Braun, who was sixteen years older than Maier, was actually an Italian who had been making short hardcore films since the sixties.  He sold enough of these ten minute loops to American peepshows that he could finance his first big budget, full-length hardcore film, Sensations (1975), which was actually shown at the Cannes Film Festival that year.  About two girls arriving in Amsterdam looking for sex, Brigitte co-starred in the film, which made her a star almost overnight.

She would continue working in hard core films until the end of the seventies and continued to pose for men's magazines; although to rather more explicit effect than her Penthouse pictorial.

Barbie Lewis: one of Penthouse's finest shots of the mid-Seventies

After the lovely Brigitte, July's Penthouse presented the gorgeous and leggy Barbie Lewis in a splendid pictorial photographed by Joe Brooks in his only centrefold for the magazine. Unusually for Penthouse, which had relied on its voyeuristic approach to photography, in this wonderful picture Barbie is gazing at the camera, her perfect posterior view presenting a glimpse of her mound from the rear in what was still a daring and rare pose.

Her centrefold, eschewing Guccione's trademark soft-focus gave such a bold view of her divided mound that the picture editors in the UK edition had to deploy their airbrush again to make the picture less explicit.  Unfortunately, Barbie, who was working as a teacher's assistant, was promptly sacked when her pictorial came out.

The third girl in that issue was one Carole Cameron who possessed a most impressive bush but also a very gravity defying pair of breasts.  Were these the first artificially enlarged mammaries in Penthouse?

The wars were not just being fought below the waist, however. The covers of the competing magazines were getting bolder too, especially as regards the depiction of nipples, as they fought for attention on the newsstands. It was left to Gallery, the magazine closest to Playboy in style, to deliver this bold cover of a girl whose pale nipples did not contrast that much with her skin but were still clearly visible. This was the most upfront men's magazine cover to date on sale at American newsstands. The girl, who didn't appear inside, wasn't identified but the photographer was Britain's Michael Boys whose background in photography was originally in interior design for magazines and he had only taken up nude photography as "an antidote to this surfeit of opulence". This is a pretty opulent shot of an opulent girl, however.

Compared to July's subtle nipple flashing covers for both Penthouse and Hustler, Playboy's July cover was much more aggressive. Pompeo Posar's photograph of Christine Maddox's nipples in a wet Playboy tee-shirt being both inventive and sexually assertive at the same time.

Playboy was still looking for starlets who were prepared to go full-frontal, which was a bigger issue for established actresses than models in the magazine at the time (as, indeed, it still is).  For July, however, they snagged the splendid Mexican actress Isela Vega.

Inside, Playmate Carole Vitale was depicted with her hand touching her pussy in a shot that would have been quite at home in Penthouse at the time but was very strong for Playboy, especially as it included a glimpse of her clitoris.  Raunchy stuff!

Playboy's July issue also gave us an example of the other big Pubic Wars period trend: faux lesbianism. A pictorial on hats, of all things, produced this very Penthouse like example.  In fact none of Penthouse's three preceding girl/girl sets had produced a picture anything like as sensuous as this one.

Oui carried on with its controversial policy of including men on the cover with yet another couples shot; one of four they had in 1974.

Inside, the first pictorial was also a couples one, featuring Andy Warhol star Joe Dallesandro and his girlfriend Stefania Casini.  They were photographed in Rome in authentically affectionate poses.

Next there was a short pictorial on Japanese-American actress Miko Mayama who had a small part in the Star Trek episode A Taste oif Armageddon as well as appearing in many other TV series

That month's centrefold girl, Lena, was photographed in a peek-a-boo spread-legged shot which very nearly showed a lot but just didn't quite.

That month's final pictorial featured Nikki Freud, granddaughter of Sigmund and daughter of English broadcaster Clement Freud, displaying a very thick bush  I sat opposite Sir Clement, as he became, in a first class carriage on a train back from Bath a few years ago, just before his death.  He was a charming man.

After the sexy cover of their July issue, Playboy went for a very curious amalgam of photograph and cartoon illustration for one of their oddest covers of the seventies. 

Jean opens up for the first time in Playboy

That month's Playmate, Jean Manson, was shown with her legs apart in the surf; the first Playmate to be photographed in such an explicit pussy-displaying pose from such an angle.  There was even a hint of her bits on display.

Jean flashes

In addition, her centrefold pose showed, in the reflection of a mirror, a clear view of her protruding labia.  Playmates were showing their bits!  

Briding her time

Another pictorial that month, called Here Comes the Bride, climaxed with this inviting but un-Playboy like pose.  The girl next door couldn't keep her thighs clamped together any longer.

August saw Penthouse with a rather odd cover as well, featuring an alarmingly made-up lady in the process of choosing which fruit to have for breakfast.  Or something.  Apart from the, er, distinctive styling the cover picture was unusual in that it wasn't taken from a pictorial inside the magazine.  Playboy did this most of the time, of course, but it was an unusual move for Penthouse at the time.

Pet of the Month for August, Stacey Cameron, did not follow the new fashion for flashing her bits and, indeed, apart from this one very modest groin touching shot her pictorial could have come from several years before.

Treeka: fit to be tied

It was left to dancer/model Treeka Delight (not her real name we suspect) to provide the issue's one, uninhibited, pussy picture.  We do like a bed with brass rails at the head and foot (for reasons that go back to our college days when we discovered the entertaining activities that such a construction afforded)!

A dark nipple is barely concealed in the cover photo of Vee Brooks in August's Oui.  That issue they ran a pictorial on the Dutch star of Emmanuelle, Sylvia Kristel.  Although the accompanying text mentioned the film this was before it became a huge hit and propelled her to international stardom.  

Although it was a nice pictorial we confess to having never found Sylvia Kristel remotely sexy.  The problem is, we think, given that she was a beautiful girl with a fine figure, that horrible short haircut she had in the Emmanuelle films.  Agent Triple P had actually read the books before he saw the films and had a strong image of Emmanuelle as a girl with long black hair.  It's not to say that short hair can't be sexy, it certainly can, but we just felt it wasn't sexy on Kristel.

Oui, much to the annoyance of many of its readers, persisted with another couples centrefold pictorial, this pussy stroking effort being far stronger than anything that Penthouse had done to date.

It was up to Jeanne Moneau to feature in the lone, conventional girl pictorial in that issue.  Here she is exploring inside her knickers in an effective auto-erotic shot by British photographer Leslie Turtle.

A nice soapy abstract from Oui in August 1974

Quite often, during this period, the major magazines would offer up an arty photographic pictorial, as if to prove that they weren't just about getting girls to flash their pussies.  For Triple P at the time these offerings were a wasted pictorial.  We didn't want to see food that looked like a girl's bits, or arty double exposures, we wanted nice conventional photographs of beautiful girls with no clothes on.  The magazines persisted; maybe to keep their art directors feeling fulfilled in their jobs.  Oui ran one of these pictorials in August 1974 on a theme of girls and liquids.  Most would not have been to our taste in the seventies but it did feature this one fine abstracted study of a girl and some soap.

Stag was still being comparatively modest, as regards its cover models' exposure and inside the girls were flashing their fur but nothing else at this stage. 

Hustler's second issue had already seen the Penthouse influence disappear and was a precursor of some of the striking and controversial covers to come during the rest of the seventies.

Inside, at first glance, the soft-focus romanticism seen in the first issue continued.  However, first girl Karen, while sitting in a typical Penthouse style self-absorbed way, has her legs open and is offering more than a glimpse of her labia.

The centrefold girl in that issue was in a pictorial called "reverie" although whether that was supposed to be her name or was an indication of her state of mind wasn't clear.  What was clear were her labia, peeking our from her sparse bush, in this shot.

The final pictorial. Two Women, was very short, with just four pictures over four pages and was Hustler's first girl/girl set.  This was, also, very much in the Penthouse style and. indeed, the poses would have looked right at home in the Penthouse pictorial Two's Company, which had appeared a year earlier

Talking of abstracted  Playboy had a blisteringly good cover in September photographed by the  appropriately named Bill Arsenault.

Inside, Raiders cheerleader Jane Lubeck was portrayed happily touching her pussy whilst regarding her fine form in a mirror. The mirror shot alone was a Penthouse favourite but the added self touching showed how much Playboy was being influenced by its rival at the time.

September's Playmate, Kristine Hanson kept her pubic hair covered in her centrefold but did give us this splendidly abandoned rear end shot.

Doing it now in Playboy

It wasn't just the poses that were more sexual in Playboy.  The witten content was inceasingly sexually focussed.  This was reinforced with more couples type pictorials.  The September issue contained one called Do it Now, about having spontaneous sex in unusual places.  It had some pretty passionate photographs compared with Penthouse's rather innocent efforts so far.

Another man on the cover of Oui in September but this time rather than models it was the celebrity couple featured  in the pictorial inside.  French skier Jean-Claude Killy had won all three Alpine gold medals at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble and became the best known skier in the world, with an international profile.

Unlike Penthouse's couples pictorials which used often anonymous models, Killy was shown with his wife,  French actress Danièle Gaubert (they had met on the set of a film, Snow Job (1972)).  It certainly gave an added sensual frisson to their pictures.

Danièle in Lui, May 1969

Danièle had already appeared in Oui's sister magazine Lui in France, where she was a well known starlet.

Playboy, May 1969

The very same month she appeared in Playboy in a pictorial featuring her film her film Camille 2000 (1969) directed by Radley Metzger.

She had also appeared in a pictorial in Cavalier in February 1970 in a feature about the shooting of a film in which she starred called  Come, quando, perché (1970).  She remained married to Killy until 1987 when she died, tragically, of cancer at the age of just 44.

In the "openers" section of the magazine, Oui often had European related stories and this month they featured the March/April cover of the French photography and graphic arts magazine, Zoom.  Zoom, which was first published in 1970, quite often had arresting images of naked women on the cover.  The reason that issue number 23 was of particular note was that it marked the debut of pubic hair on the front cover of a French magazine.   the lady is French actress Aurore Clément who has appeared in around 80 films, including Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas (1984).

Oui's centrefold was the superbly shiny Joelle Dubois, about whom we know nothing and at this point Oui weren't even acknowledging their photographers.  Whoever they were, they did a splendid job on the gorgeous Joelle.

One couples pictorial which had been very popular withe the readers of Oui was one, from December 1973, called An afternoon with Aunt Nancy, where an older lady (not that old!) seduces a younger man.  She returned for the September issue but this time, as was becoming fashionable, she has her way with a younger woman.  The pictorial wasn't that racy but did display an enticing selection of period lingerie.  We particularly like the little ankle boots!

More implied sapphic fun in this issue in a fashion pictorial about hats.  Hats must have been big in 1974!

Hustler, for its third issue went back to the  Penthouse style of cover: pretty girl, moody lighting, antique furniture and a wisp of lace.

Lorrie. in that issue's first pictorial  thrust her groin forward and had a finger on her bush.  The piece oif fabric over her thigh didn't quite completely hide her delicate folds, however.

Obviously not a real blonde. Cindy's fluff didn't quite conceal her flesh labia majora in this shot.  By this third issue, unlike Playboy and Penthouse when they were first released, Hustler was far from an instant success, however.  Big success would have to wait until 1975, as we shall see. 

Finally that month, Juno offered a real rarity at the time in a smooth form of a completely bald pussy  Most of the shots of her were cropped to avoid showing too much but this one appeared giving a clear view of the top of her vulva.

The same month saw Penthouse going for their boldest cover nipple shot so far, of Pet of the Month, Janice Kane. This was nothing to what would appear inside, however.

No doubt with one eye on Hustler, which was starting to show glimpses of their models' bits, Penthouse presented their most explicit pictorial to date. Hustler's slightly revealing August issue would have hit the newsstands at tin the second half of June (they tended to publish around six weeks before the date on the cover). The picture quality in Hustler was rather poor, however, they just didn't have the high quality printing and paper that both Playboy and Penthouse had.

English model Janice, however, appeared in crystal clear photography and in high quality print, spreading her legs and displaying her bits in a way unlike any other previous Pet.

Never had Penthouse had a girl display herself with such wanton abandon.  Her pictorial would set the standard, not only for Penthouse, but for all the men's magazines everywhere.  The UK version of the magazine used the same pictures but Janice's bits were blurred into invisibility.

Janice brazenly displayed her pussy in a record-breaking half a dozen pictures; the full-page picture above being Penthouse's biggest labia featuring picture so far.

Nineteen year old Janice was photographed in a series of fetching headscarves by Bob Guccione in North Africa, even displaying herself in her centrefold.
Also that month Penthouse had another girl/girl pictorial, Mirage, by Roy Volkmann, which was plugging a Penthouse book of his photographs.  The pictorial mixed artily-lit efforts full of purple lights and dry ice with more conventional photographs such as this one.

Cavalier wasn't yet showing uncovered nipples on its covers in the main picture but were in a same subsidiary shot they included.

Inside the girls were starting to look a bit old fashioned compared with Penthouse's.  This lady,  Danny, even sported a nineteen fifties style shaven groin.

Cavalier also had its arty pictorials and this one, featuring Helga, was called Double Exposure because it featured...double exposures.   Brilliant!

Here we have some Penthouse style foreground carnations but the photographer hasn't pulled off the out of focus effect.   The glum looking Stephanie would never have appeared in Penthouse anyway as she was far too ethnic looking for Guccione's magazine.

More Penthouse style in this shot of Becky contemplating her pussy in her centrefold shot.   Her pale pubic hair does just reveal a hint of her labia.

More early seventies style with Linda's hippy scarf, tan lines and big bush.

October saw Genesis becoming the next magazine to put nipples on its cover for the first time with this shot of centrefold girl Marianne. shot by Siwer Ohlsson.

Suzann Sherry sprawls on the October 1974 cover of Playboy

In 1974 the Pubic Wars weren't just being fought on the covers and inside the magazines themselves. Playboy accused Penthouse of inflating their circulation figures. An investigation revealed that Guccione had been claiming figures which were actually more than 600,000 copies a month less than they were. An advertising manager on Playboy-owned Oui then sent a letter out suggesting that Penthouse was not meeting its circulation guarantee: a critical figure for retaining advertisers. Guccione knew that even with the 600,000 copies deducted he was selling a lot more than his 3,500,000 a month circulation guarantee figure and so sued Playboy for $40 million. Playboy counter sued claiming that Penthouse had infringed its trademark in its advertising. All the the cases failed on technicalities.

Ester looks away

That month's Playmate centrefold was notable in that Miss October, Panamanian born Ester Cordet, was the first Playmate since 1954 to not look at the camera.  The last Playmate not to engage the viewer was Terry Ryan, back in December 1954.  In fact, although Ester's centrefold is often held out to be the only one in Playboy where the Playmate isn't looking at the lens, no less than five Playmates in 1954 were looking somewhere else.  At this time, of course most of the pictures were bought in from elsewhere.  Richard Fegley's experiment here with Ester was never repeated.   It is a tremendous photograph, however, and its voyeuristic quality had exactly that element that Playboy had been seeking since it first went head to head with Penthouse several years before.  Perhaps, for Hefner, it was an imitative step too far and he wanted his precious centrefolds to go back to being conventional pin-ups who engaged with the viewer.

Alesha Ellis has a stroke in the grass

Playboy's pictorials for October dialled back on the raunch although they had this fetching shot of Boston Bunny Girl Alesha Ellis stroking herself in the Bunnies of 74 feature.

Oui's October cover had as its subject a lady with the unlikely name of Ulla Starlight, one of the Crazy Horse performers featured in that issue.

The first pictorial that month was another couples one based, loosely, on the story of Adam and Eve.  It was notable not just for a picture of Adam touching  Eve's groin but also this boldly displayed penis.

Centrefold Marcia Brito was a Brazilian living in Paris.  Who knows whether this was true or not (unlikely, knowing Oui) but who cares when she posed for the anonymous photographer in such an assertively sensual way.

Men's magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. regularly featured the girls from the Crazy Horse in Paris and this month it was Oui's turn.  Here Miko Miro is reflected.

October's Pet, the fabulous Laura Doone (actually Paula Randel) was so spectacular she kept Pet of the Year Avril Lund off the cover.  Laura didn't flash her bits as Janice had done the previous month, largely on account of the fact that she had a fantastic bush which hid everything.

 Fingering fun for Laura...

In fact, all three girls in the October issue kept their labia hidden but then this month's issue was less about labia and more about faux masturbation.  Firstly Laura, in a fetching hat, lets her fingers do the walking.

 ...and Avril...

Pet of the Year, Irish girl Avril Lund is also pictured with her fingers on her pussy in one of Bob Guccione's shots from her pictorial.

...and finally, Karen

Most extreme, however, was nineteen year old Karen Dermer, who has a series of masturbatory pictures in her pictorial by Stan Malinowski; the hand in the knickers shot being particularly effective.

Surprisingly,  unlike some of the other magazines, Hustler hadn't gone down the nipples on the cover route yet and instead went for the burlesque look for their October cover.

While they weren't displaying nipples on the cover yet, their girls were showing a lot more inside the magazine as the rather glum looking Nancy shows here.  All the girls in this issue looked bored and fed-up.  Perhaps because they knew they were being paid a fraction of what the other magazines paid their models. 

The magazine had three pictorials of girls all flashing their bits, including Hustler Honey, Diana, above in the magazine#s most up front pussy shot to date. 


Unlike Playboy or Penthouse, Hustler never bothered to give their photographers a credit on their pictorials at this point and, given the blotchy, poor quality printing that may have been just as well!

November's Playboy cover had quite a lot of derriere from Claudia Jennings but not much else that pushed at the barriers in the War.

Although a piece on girls in glasses, called cringingly, Spec-tacular, not only had some implied girl on girl fun but inter-racial girl on girl fun; which, at the time, was far more daring.

November saw yet another new men's magazine appear on the newsstands of America in the upfront shape of Game which had this very assertive cover for their first issue.  There were no subtle shadows or concealing hair or fabric in evidence here.

Game's girls were posed much more modestly than those at the forefront of the Pubic Wars at the time.  They would stay that way for at least another six months until they gradually showed more and more as the seventies went on.  Game would carry on until the early nineties.

For November Penthouse's cover shot of Jane Sommers was equally as up front as regards the bare breasts as the previous month's had been.

Unlike Laura Doone, the previous month's Pet of the Month, Sharon Longworth flashed her bits in several photographs.  In fact there were so many shots of Sharon's labia that the UK edition of Penthouse never ran the pictorial at all. Penthouse UK had been running the US Pet one month in arrears so when it should have been Sharon's turn (December) they just went with the US December Pet, Cathy Green instead.

Sharon: pretty in pink

Part of the issue with Sharon's pictorial, which was by Jeff Dunas, was that the pictures showed her bits as pink. Up until then any visible genitalia had been rather shadowed and dark. With this mirror shot we get Sharon's clitoris in its natural colour.

In this picture Sharon shows off in some nineteenth-century style divided drawers. It wasn't just pussy on display that month however.

Also that month we had Lavinia Douglas with a trademark Penthouse red carnation which only served to emphasise her brazenly open legs and clear labia on display.

The magazine ran a long pictorial feature celebrating the first anniversary of Bob Guccione's "Penthouse for women", Viva.  Apart from its pictures of naked men Viva ran a couples set every month and this article showed a number of pictures from these including this impressive specimen.  This picture was from a Viva pictorial called Suzanna and Eddie shot by Jeff Dunas.  Up until this point Penthouse, unlike Oui, had never shown a penis in any of their couples pictorials.  There were quite a few penises in this article, however.  Maybe Penthouse was acclimatising its readers for what was to come.

New challenger Hustler was pushing the boundary as regards labia as well and it was probably the threat from Larry Flynt rather than any competition from Hugh Hefner that was driving Penthouse at this point.  Hustler's covers continued to ape Penthouse, as November's fifth issue demonstrates.

November's Hustler certainly made it clear that there was a war on as it carried an advertisement for a Hustler tee-shirt which had a Playboy-type rabbit and a Penthouse-type key being crushed by the Hustler figure.

Robin looks a little orange

Hustler was a much lower quality magazine, with much of the publication being printed on poor quality coarse paper with grainy black and white pictures with only the first section and centre section being on glossy paper with colour pictures.  Print quality was terrible, meaning that most of the girls ended up as a rather peculiar orange colour.

One thing Hustler wasn't doing at this point was following Penthouse along the faux masturbation route.  The girls might gaze at their pussies but they weren't playing with them.

Playboy had its Playmates, Penthouse had its Pets and Hustler had its Honeys, obviously believing that the use of alliteration was de rigeur for its selected centrefold of the month. The Honeys never had the cachet of Playmates or Pets, however. For November they presented Lorraine on their three page gatefold (Penthouse was still running with a two page centrefold) who was also clearly displaying her nether regions in her centrefold.

Oui had its most naked covergirl so far and its first fully exposed bare bottom for its November issue.

Playboy's December cover was easily as racy as anything Hustler or Penthouse was putting out at the time with cover model Robyn Douglas, photographed by former Penthouse photographer Stan Malinowski, flashing a nipple.

Inside the pictorials were less raunchy than the cover, although in a feature on Miss November 1969, Claudia Jennings, J Frederick Smith had her pose with her hand inside her shorts.

More artiness from Playboy, who somehow persuaded Salvador Dali to work with Pompeo Posar in producing some not very good and not that surreal shots.  What could possibly have attracted Dali to the proposal?  Five reasons, probably.

Playmate Janice Raymond was in training to be a Jet Bunny on Hugh Hefner's private airliner.  The leggy, 5' 10" English-born girl kept herself covered in what was, nevertheless, a provocative pose for Playboy at the time.

December's cover girl, Candy, photographed by Francis Giacobetti appeared inside in a fashion feature but, disappointingly kept her clothes on.

Oui's centrefold girl was called Clancy, according to Oui anyway.  Her pictorial featured just seven photographs including the centrefold.

Finally, we have a pictorial of porn star Serena in a very early shoot by Eugene Finkei.  Her porn career didn't begin until the following year so, at this poit she was just starting to make her way as a nude photographic model.  We haven't been able to find any earlier shoots of her than this one, at which point she was 23 years old.  We'll be seeing much more of her in future episodes.

Gallery started to follow Penthouse more the Playboy, as before, by presenting this softly dreamy girl'girl pictorial called schoolmates. 

Gayle Sanders' pussy caressing shot was as strong as anything that had appeared elsewhere at the time and was far bolder than anything Playboy had shown.

Both Amanda (top) and Peggy (above sprawled with their legs apart but neither showed anything untoward, no doubt, in Peggy's case, because of a little subtle retouching.

Penthouse rounded off the year with Cathy Green in another Jeff Dunas Guccione-clone pictorial, complete with red carnations. Cathy's only vaguely explicit shot was the one above which, again, was censored in the UK edition to avoid the sight of her sunlit bits.

The other model that month, Teri Saunders, did not flash her labia but mainly, we suspect, because her dark bush was so luxuriant.

However, the December issue was often one where Penthouse pushed the boundaries a bit and in this case they presented their first group pictorial, Bawdy Bathers by Jeff Dunas featuring the ample charms of Joyce Gibson.  Not just that but, following on from the Viva article  the previous month, in one of the pictures they gave the readers the first penis in a couples pictorial.

Hustler finished their first six months with a rather more distinctive (if not very well executed) cover.  Inside their girls' hands seemed to be straying ever closer to their pussies in search of the faux masturbation shot.

Hustler ran its first couples pictorial as well but there were no penises on display (yet) here either, although the girl here dis show her divided mound, something Penthouse had yet to do in a couples pictorial of any type.

This anonymous lady from their Girls of California pictorial is definitely going the Penthouse route of abandoned caressing. 

This young woman, going by the name of Chris, is also getting very close to a hand/pussy interface.  The real shock for Penthouse, especially, from Hustler that month, however, came with their strikingly natural red-head centrefold.

Orange and pink

Hustler had "gone pink" for the first time in a nationally distributed magazine in America. Not content with showing subtly lit hints of their models' genitals Flynt had got Patti to show everything, including her anus, in bright lighting.  Patti's centrefold shot, complete with separated labia.was even more explicit.  Flynt had really thrown a cat amongst the pigeons with Patti's cunt.

Flynt could get away with this as Hustler made most of its revenue by newsstand sales and subscription not advertising; the advertising being very low grade compared with the national campaigns of top companies seen in Penthouse and, especially, Playboy. In short, Flynt, didn't have to worry about what his advertisers thought. Hefner did, however, and in the next episode, focussing on 1975, we will examine the pressures that caused Playboy to rethink its Pubic Wars strategy.