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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Venus Revealed: The Pubic Wars 10 1978 part 2



April's Playboy cover headlined a pictorial inside featuring sisters.  The sisters on the cover were Susan Lynn Kiger (Miss January 1977) and her sister Patti (right).  More of whom shortly.


The Crazy Horse girls display themselves for Richard Fegley




The first pictorial featured girls from the Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris, who were regularly featured in men's magazines in the sixties and seventies.  Here Baba Moleskine (not her real name we suspect) sprawls for Richard Fegley with her thighs apart but reveals little other than a penchant for deathsticks.




Flashing a little bit more was Playmate of the Month Pamela Jean Bryant, although in many of her shots it looked like some re-touching had de-emphasised her labia.  Pamela was an eighteen year old student at Indiana University when she read in the college newspaper that Playboy photographer David Chan was in town shooting for the Girls of the Big Ten feature; the first of Playboy's college girl round-ups.  Pamela had just failed to get into a college fashion show so didn't bother to go along for a tryout until, having seen many girls from her dorm go along, she went along at the last minute. As soon as Chan saw her he declared her to be Playmate material




Her Polaroid was sent to Playboy's Chicago HQ where they immediately contacted her and told her she had been chosen for the pictorial.  Pompeo Posar took the picture (above) that eventually appeared in the September 1977 Girls of the Big Ten pictorial.  Shortly after the shoot Playboy's photo editor contacted her and said that they wanted her to be a Playmate.  She turned her down despite being told that as she was appearing nude in the September issue she might as well make some real money by appearing in the centrefold.  Playboy got a couple of former Playmates to talk to her and eventually she was persuaded by the tales of glamour and Hollywood.  Pamela had been brought up in a series of foster homes and following her Playboy appearance did appear in a number of TV shows and films from the seventies through to the nineties; her first role being in Fantasy Island in 1978.  She moved to Hawaii where she became an artist but died suddenly of an asthma attack in December 2010 at the age of 51.  Yet another tragic Playmate and not the only one in this entry.




The Sisters pictorial was the final one that month and featured five sets of siblings including Susan Lynn Kiger (24) and her thirty year old sister Patty.  Susan, who had been the first Playmate to appear in a hard core film before her centrefold pictorial, made a habit of flashing her bits in her Playboy photos and this one was no different as she showed more than any other girl in the feature.  The most interesting aspect of the pictorial was the demonstration of just how a slightly different placing of otherwise similar facial features could mean the difference between pretty and beautiful. 






Club continued to use pictures from Men Only shoots in London but while the UK magazine was de-emphasising their girls labia this was certainly not the case in the US as our sharp shooting April girl Jolene, photographed by Art Mancini, demonstrates.  In fact, to the contrary, they were using the Hustler technique of lighting up their girls' nether regions with a spotlight.  This shot wasn't used in the original March 1978 Men Only pictorial.




Oui's cover had Cherie Chung (we're not sure if it's the same Cherie Chung who was a big Hong Kong actress a year or two later) photographed by Phillip Dixon in one of the increasingly common high fashion style shots appearing on the covers of some of the magazines; Penthouse, as we will see, included.  This is an early and extreme version of the hip bone revealing high cut swimsuits of the eighties which gives the picture a still contemprary look.




In the same month that Playboy ran its piece on the Crazy Horse girls Oui had this montage trailing the US film release of Crazy Horse, Paris France (1977).   These were all in-performance shots as opposed to Playboy's pictures of the dancers off stage.




Although Oui was gradually becoming less explicit compared with where it had been in 1977 they still came out with the occasional labia shot, such as this one of Susan by Frank Gitty.




On the whole Oui's centrefold was still racier than Playboy's although it had long been left behind by Penthouse.  Candy's fetching upskirt centre pages by Francis Giacobetti were typical of Oui's approach to centrefolds, which were often stronger than the images in the rest of the magazine, oddly.  This was in contrast to the approach of both Playboy and Penthouse whose centrefolds were usually less explicit than other photos in the pictorial.




Increasingly, Oui was following the Playboy approach of still having their models spread their legs but having their genitals disappear into a darkly shadowed cloud, as demonstrated by this picture of Chiquita by Playboy photographer Arny Freytag. This was an odd approach.  If they didn't want to show their girls bits why not just avoid those sorts of poses?




A similar approach was being used by Jeff Dunas in his part 2 of a pictorial started the previous month, showing the adventures of Beverly in Hollywood (where she is not very naughtily interacting with a couple of policemen).   Oui had annoyed many of its with readers when they first introduced men into their pictorials but a woman reader later wrote in to complain that the men didn't take their clothes off.




The luminously aristocratic face of Jane Hargrave (July 1975) gazes out from the cover of Penthouse's April cover.  She was the granddaughter of Sir Richard Wilmot Onslow, 7th Baronet and her mother's family could trace their lineage back to the Normans.  We'll see more of her in 1978.




The first pictorial that month was Penthouse's third three girl set, shot by Earl Miller.  Entitled Living Dolls it told the old story of shop mannequins that come to life.  Having come to life they promptly strip each other off and get to it in the store.  This picture features some implied cunnilingus, a full-on anal shot and some, very naughty for the time, pussy fingering.


Mariwin Roberts


Pet of the Month Mariwin Roberts was a comparatively elderly thirty when she appeared as the centrefold.  Unlike Playboy's April Playmate, Pamela Jean Bryant, who used her centrefold appearance to launch a film career, Mariwin had already appeared in a number of films, starting with The Beach Bunnies (1976).




Her pictorial, by Stan Malinowski, featured a number of sensual self-caressing shots including a still unusual  masturbatory centrefold.  The 5'8" tall Texan's pictorial feature began with a number of shots of her hang gliding in Malibu and hang gliding also featured in the film she made that same year, the imaginatively named: Pet of the Month: Mariwin Roberts.





Filmed in Hawaii, Mariwin plays a secretary who, in flashback, tells her friends what she got up to on her holiday.  At just over an hour it's basically a two header with her holiday romance being played by one Gary Roberts, who could possibly be her husband (in which case he got a wife far more attractive than him).


Mariwin in Pet of the Month Mariwin Roberts (1978)


Certainly this would explain the enthusiastic hardcore sucking and fucking she indulges in throughout the film, we suppose.  She certainly displays many of the ecstatic poses she demonstrated in her Penthouse pictorial. It doesn't appear to be a Penthouse production so the film company responsible for this, sadly, dire epic were just taking advantage of her (brief) fame and splendid figure.  




April's second solo girl was called Kiki and was posed in a manner more like that which you would expect from Oui magazine than Penthouse, apart from this one labia revealing shot.  In fact, pictures from the same session had already appeared in Oui's French sister magazine Lui in June 1976, where the girl had been called Sophia.  In fact she is French actress Betty Verges who made a number of films in the mid to late seventies.




Much more typical of the magazine was the final pictorial of Teri Christiansen by FW Eck, where she is gazing raptly at her rather excited looking bits.  The following month Eck would have his one and only Pet of the Month shoot.




The increasingly individualistic Hustler took the sort of risk that Penthouse (or indeed any of the other men's magazines at the time) wouldn't by dispensing with a girl on their April cover completely.  These sort of religious themed pictures and cartoons always provoked protests in the letters page, however. This picture was no different and a reader from Olympia, Washington wrote in to complain that they were "appalled by the travesty of the redemptive crucifixion of Christ as portrayed by the illustration."  Another reader wrote in claiming to be a stuffed toy mouse complaining that: "These pictures depict the horrific mutilation of a perfectly beautiful stuffed rabbit."




Hustler's first pictorial featured the nicely grubby Connie, presented as a biker chick by Suze Randall.  The chain up the crack shot makes a nicely fetishistic change to the more usual knicker crutch.  Needless to say a reader wrote in asking to see more photographs of the motorcycle.




Hustler hadn't been as fond of lesbian sets as Penthouse and if they had featured them the girls were often just two individuals posing together, rather than really acting out any suggested mutual passion.  In Blond on Blond Clive McLean got Janet and Karen to look a bit more involved with each other.  Hustler claimed the two were actually sisters which makes the fact that one girl has her fingers spreading the other's vagina that more outrageous. It's difficult to tell if they are sisters or not as it is really the identical clothing and hair (wigs?) that make them look similar.  A police officer wrote in reckoning that one of the girls had actually been the subject of a sex change and wan't a real girl at all.  One was, perhaps, rather prettier than the other but there was easily enough detail of their sex organs to dismiss this weird theory out of hand!  Still, Penthouse hadn't had any girl on girl fingering as graphic as this yet.




There's no picture credit on Hustler's next pictorial of Theresa Marie who was, supposedly, a Las Vegas dancer at the Stardust.  Posed on the bonnet of a Cadillac with the sun casting a perfect brand silhouette on her inner thigh she is like the personification of one of those "Best Sellers" sex and millionaires novels so popular in the seventies and eighties.




Both the last two pictorials were by Suze Randall and both featured brunettes in stockings.  The top one is notable only in that Laura's finger is probing towards her arsehole while the second (below) is standard Randall labia spreading.  This really is an odd and unnatural pose but she continued to do this for years.  Penthouse's faux masturbation shots were at least a bit more natural looking.  Randall could do no wrong with Hustler, however.




Randall had met Larry Flynt at a party and was soon working for the magazine and having sex with both Flynt and his young bisexual wife, Althea, a former stripper at one of Flynt's clubs. Randall later wrote: "Althea was always pulling me into closets and forcing me to pleasure her.  God, she was exhausting! And Larry was even worse! They were the greatest perverts I have ever encountered."




June 1976's Playmate Debra Petersen featured on the cover of May's Playboy in full-on black boudoir mode in a photograph by Phillip Dixon against an Art Deco backdrop..




Kathryn Morrison was that month's Playmate and gave us, albeit indistinctly, one of Playboy's very rare labia flashing centrefold shots.  Although her pictorial was also shot by Phillip Dixon it was Dwight Hooker who photographed the centrefold.  The following year, under the name Ingrid Larsson she would be Playboy Italia's Playmate for July 1979.




Playboy loved an orgy, of course, and the main non-centrefold pictorial that issue was a rather breathless account of the New York sex club Plato's Retreat where ordinary couples would spend $25 a time to interact with each other.  Frankly, most of the people depicted looked far from ordinary and you got the impression that Playboy had imported a lot of unusually attractive people for their pictorial.  Still, there were some nice, if small, shots of people appearing to have lots of fun, with some of the shots being deliberately blurred to suggest frantic action.




Oui's May cover featured Australian model Linda Kerridge who made something of a name for herself as a Marilyn Monroe lookalike, appearing in Playboy as well in the December 1980 issue.  Her Oui pictorial was rather dull so we will wait until our 1980 review to appreciate her properly.




Jeff Dunas' photographs of "Velvet" were Penthouse style in everything but their lack of labia.  In fact the Playboy-style photo manipulation was in evidence in this study




There was not much of a contrast in styles further on in the magazine as it's Dunas again, this time with Jolene who was also flaunting a black hole where her pussy should be.




In fact, the only snatch of pussy comes from Frank Gitty's one shot of Jennifer.  Just this little glimpse, however, is far more enticing than the spread legs but doctored nether regions of the other girls.  Oui really didn't know where it was going, visually, at this point.  Perhaps the move to sunny California had addled its collective brain








May's Club featured a girl they called Mireille, photographed by Art Mancini in a pictorial which Triple P remembered seeing at the time when it appeared in Men Only.  Again, this open labia shot and the bondage picture (one of several in the pictorial which also featured, in many shots, the shadow of a man with a gun) weren't in the original Men Only pictorial from the previous month.  Mireille is, without doubt, Agent Triple P's favourite Men Only girl from the seventies.


Rub a dub dub!


Also that issue was a rather strange pictorial done with special effects called Pleasure Island by Jay Myrdal about a shipwrecked mariner who finds an old lamp.  He gives it a rub (the lamp, that is) and out pops a sexy genie.  Not really a couples pictorial this but the genie girl was rather cute.  American Myrdal formed a partnership with British photographer Peter Smith under the name JP Smut for many of their girly magazine shoots.  Myrdal, who attended the University of Montana now has a studio in Oxfordshire specialising in advertising and other commercial work.




More high fashion style on Penthouse's cover featured a young lady, Danielle Guerra, who wasn't in the magazine, sadly.  Photographed by Peter Strongwater in a revolutionary style which was quite appropriate for an issue where the non-sex content was focussed on political injustices in America.  Strongwater was a top celebrity photographer (he even shot Hugh Hefner in 1982) who worked on some major advertising accounts as well.  He never contributed a pictorial to Penthouse, though.




The first girl in that month's issue, Brie, was photographed by Jim Foxx in his second of three pictorials for Penthouse during 1977 and 1978.  Here Foxx gives us an enticing shot of an oily Brie. Very nice with a baguette and a glass or two of Provence rose.  There were, unusually, signs of blurring of Brie's genitals in her pictorial which made you wonder whether the magazine was going to backtrack on the level of explicitness it had demonstrated in 1977, just as Playboy and Oui were doing.




Whilst the likes of Hustler were getting their models to open their engorged labia with their fingers for the camera, Penthouse's approach was still more to do with faux masturbation. Something that Hustler hadn't really done yet.  May's Pet of the Month, Angela Hyer, was shown appearing to diddle herself in a host of pictures in her centrefold feature by FW Eck.  In fact her potent centrefold shows Angela, unusually for Penthouse, gazing sensuously at the camera whilst her finger probes at her pussy.  It's an invitation and a challenge at the same time.




This one (below) demonstrates the new Pubic Wars frontier in getting the model to slide a finger between her labia; a pose that had only been done a few times to date in Penthouse.  These interior shots of Angela were all done in the Casino del Caribe and Hotel Las Velas, Cartagena, Colombia, somewhere Agent Triple P has to visit shortly.




Angela takes the title of 1978's self-caressing queen and it's a shame Eck didn't do more pictorials like this for Penthouse; although there is one more to come in 1979.




Angela is a beautiful, leggy, elegant-looking creature who was 28 years old at the time her pictorial was published.  In reality, she is the well known British actress Victoria Tennant, the daughter of a famous theatrical agent and a Russian ballerina.  Her Godfather was Laurence Olivier!   She studied ballet for eight years and then acting, at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.




Unlike some of the other models featured on these pages, she forged a proper acting career which included Emmy and Golden Globe nominations although she appeared in quite a few naked sex scenes in her films.


Victoria in All of Me (1984)


Triple P particularly remembers her from the 1983 mini-series The Winds of War.  She was also married to American comedy actor Steve Martin from 1986 until 1994. She is still acting today and her latest film is currently in post production.




The third pictorial in that issue, of Debi Evans by Stan Malinowski, had another gently probing finger but this time across a full double spread.




That month Penthouse had four pictorials and the last one was of Julienne Schuster by Carl Wachter who demonstrated that she was very aware of her delightfully fleshy pussy.  One thing that had temporarily disappeared from Penthouse at this time was anuses (unlike Club for example) and these shots were as close as this issue got.  This was Wachter's first Penthouse pictorial and he would go onto do over a hundred more, eventually becoming principal staff photographer.






Chic carried on using the large format of the UK magazines such as Club International and Men Only.  It also continued to only feature full page or double page spreads of its models, such as the exotically ethnic Elena here



One other feature of their photographic approach was the use of close-ups of their models genitals.  Something which Penthouse, for example, had yet to do.  It wasn't as if their models were unattractive either.  The Chic girls were easily as beautiful as the women from Playboy, Penthouse and Oui.





They did go for the Hustler style labia spreading, however, as shown in this mirror shot of Francine.






These final two are from two different girls in the magazine, not that you can tell, as all the attention is on their pussies as well as their boldly displayed anuses.




The cover for Hustler's May issue was even more gynaecological, literally as shown by their very alternative Mother's Day cover.




Inside they featured, as their first pictorial, a heavily pregnant girl.   A lady reader wrote in: "The perverted cover of your May issue is a disgrace!  I really don't know who's responsible for this particular picture, but whoever it is, I say and believe that this person has a sick mind."  Another reader wrote in, however, appreciating both the cover and the pregnant girl and wanted more.  You can't please everyone.




No doubt they would have been much happier with the conventional shoot of blonde Sara by James Baes, who had her nether regions lit up as if by a targetting searchlight.




A relatively unusual period costume piece for that month's Hustler's Honey with Arlene in garters, corset and ankle boots.  The set design is all very Penthouse.





Hustler positively revelled in letters from their readers saying that something was disgusting and offensive so they must have appreciated the rant from a Pennsylvanian reader about the next pictorial Belle of the Ball which featured a white girl in Gone With the Wind mode and five black "slaves".  "I can't stand those black, dirty animals to start with, and to see even one with a white bitch makes me want to puke.  The idea of five niggers overpowering a white whore (any white bitch that goes for that slime) kind of ruined the whole issue.  I'm sure that many people felt the same way.  Do yourself, as well as the rest of your readers, a favor.  Don't print that nauseating trash anymore."  Hustler sensibly declined to comment but would come back with a suitable riposte in subsequent issues, especially January 1979.




The irony was that at that point Larry Flynt was lying in hospital having been shot, on March 6th, in Lawrenceville, Georgia while making a court appearance to defend Hustler from yet another court obscenity charge.  The definition of what constituted obscene having been passed down to the local level of government, ensuring a plethora of lawsuits. The gunman escaped and there was huge speculation as to who had shot him.  Flynt reckoned it was the CIA.  Some think it was the Mafia as Flynt supposedly owed them a large amount of money.




Years later,  an already convicted serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin confessed to the crime on the basis that Hustler had published an interracial girl/boy pictorial.  All of Franklin's other victims were part of interracial couples and Flynt himself believes Franklin's testimony, although it has never been to court.




We don't think that the man from Pennsylvania would have been too pleased with the final girl, the mixed race Keli, further on in the magazine either.  This does look closer to an attempt at a Penthouse-style pussy playing shot than most in the magazine although she is still brazenly looking at the lens rather than lost in her own Penthouse-style reverie..




Playboy's Playmate of the Year cover featured the unmistakable golden mane of Debra Jo Fondren photographed by Robert Scott Hooper who had originally discovered her in Las Vegas and shot her September 1977 centrefold feature.




Playmate of the Month was Gail Stanton photographed by David Chan, who produced this tactile shot of a nicely shiny Gail in the sauna.  Born Brenda Stone, in Memphis Tennessee, she changed her name for Playboy as her father was a deacon at a Southern Baptist Church.  She first appeared in the magazine in the Girls of the New South pictorial in the April 1977 issue where she was described as a computer programmer.


Her Girls of the New South picture from the Playboy Japan edition


The diminutive Miss Stanton (she was 5'1") had gone out with Elvis Presley as a young model.   After Playboy she carried on modelling and was Miss Michelob Lite in the early eighties.  Tragically, she too came to an early end, dying at the age of just 42 of a blocked colon.


Debra Jo in excelsis


This is one of Playboy's most iconic photographs; taken by Francis Giacobetti in Paris.  Fondren is a golden Goddess with that fantastic hair cascading over her body like a shimmering waterfall at sunset.  This, however, had been Playboy's most visually conservative issue for some time but, as Fondren and Stanton demonstrate, the quality of their raw material was such that they didn't have to fight with Penthouse any more on the explicitness stakes.




Given the disappearance of nipples on the covers of most of the top men's magazines Oui's June cover of Susan Swanson by Gary Heery was quite racy with more nudity than the other big three were risking.




Talking of racy covers, the March 1978 cover of Oui had featured a model spilling out of her dress called Sue.  Lots of letters were received asking for more of her and so here she was as June's centrefold in a perineum revealing shot by Jeff Dunas.




In another feature Jeff Dunas chose a couple of models, took them around Los Angeles and had them flash whilst he flashed them with his camera.  This young lady is in front of the Century Plaza hotel where Agent Triple P had an enjoyable few days with a Taiwanese American girl he met in the hotel's bar.  She picked up Triple P, we should add.




Giving Dunas a bit of a break, the issue's third pictorial had Eric Mueller catching Helene in another invisible pussy pose.  Still, at least in this one the shadow looks natural rather than sprayed on.




Given the new found modesty of its girls it was something of a surprise to find Francis Giacobetti's photo of Charlie presenting her package so clearly in the last of four girl pictorials for Oui.  Going forward we would see the return of the boy/girl pictorial, however, and the end of just exclusively single girl pictorials in the magazine.






Club's June issue was pretty typical for the time with no concerns visible about the explicitness of their well-lit labia shots and some Hustler-style spreading in evidence..




A group pictorial, Two for the Road, by Jay Myrdal had the usual small pictures placed on the dead areas of larger ones giving it the same bitty and annoying style seen in Paul Raymond's UK magazines as well.




A strange mixture of period hat and accessories and modern sparkly stockings in this fetching squatting shot.




Club's cover and centrefold girl Katie presented this typically assertive Club rear end shot.  Oddly, in the UK, Men Only had her still displaying her anus but covering her pussy with her fingers.




Finally, we have a nice inside the knickers caressing shot from Farrah by Rupert Daines.  She was called Maggie in Men Only but this picture didn't appear in her pictorial in the UK.




A rather garish cover for June's Genesis also saw them headlining the Plato's Retreat club in new York which had already been covered by Playboy and Penthouse.  Genesis hadn't had nipples on the cover since July 1977 and so joined all the other major magazines in this.




The first pictorial was of British Actress Lesley-Anne Down who had appeared in period drama Upstairs Downstairs.  These were an old set of pictures taken, when Down was a teenager, by Kirk Douglas' son.  Although she had agreed to do them she got so stressed by the thought of the forthcoming shoot that she ate and ate before the session, piling on the weight as a result.  This set had originally appeared in Mayfair in 1975 and the pictures were old then.




In contrast with Down's modest topless shots Genesis' next girl Lily was photographed by Bob Veze in typical Hustler style.




Veze was responsible for the centrefold, of supposed Venezuelan beauty Carmen, as well.  Genesis had a unique centrefold feature in that it would sell its readers a 2'x3' poster of the centrefold image.  This was presumably so people could have the image without all the text on it, telling you how you could buy it as a poster.  Genesis, like Chic, had a lot of two page images like this, not just the centrefold.




An appropriate end to our look at June 1978's Genesis is this rear view of Penny by Roy Brewington who did a lot of work for Mayfair as well as directing erotic films.




June's Penthouse had another Peter Strongwater fashion-style cover shot of model Catherine Roberts who, again, didn't appear inside the magazine.




After the lack of labia on display in the first pictorial of the May issue it was back to normal with Earl Miller's shots of Tracy Gordon who could be found playing with her pussy on a sofa.




Centrefold Corrine Alphen was 23 when she posed for Penthouse.  A real beauty she would return to be Pet of the Month once more in August 1981, eventually becoming Pet of the Year for 1982.  Her pictorial was shot by Stan Malinowski and apart from one or two shots such as this (above) eschewed the usual spread leg and faux masturbation shots for a more 1974 style approach.  Her subsequent pictorials in the eighties were rather more graphic.


Corinne in Spring Break


Corinne appeared in quite a number of B-movies in the eighties, including the famous Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).  Her role in 1983's Spring Break was praised by none other than top American film critic Roger Ebert (who died just recently), who said: "Spring Break co-stars a young woman named Corinne Alphen, who is described as Penthouse's 1982 Pet of the Year. Sad to say, most of the Pets and Playmates who win movie roles turn out to be sort of self-conscious and untalented as actresses. Not Corinne Alphen. She has a dazzling smile, a great personality and a relaxed naturalness on the screen that makes the Horny Teenage Boys seem all the more gauche. A funny little movie might have been made about her adventures in Fort Lauderdale. She would have had the personality to carry it."




Finally, we had another pictorial by Dieter Schmidt featuring some of his characteristic upskirt shots.  In this case he got his girl, Hilary Corona, to stroke herself under her skirt too.  Hilary also definitively bought the anus back to Penthouse as well.  This would be Schmidt's last Penthouse pictorial until 1986.




Hustler's striking June cover by James Baes was to highlight an announcement by Larry Flynt that they were changing the nature of the magazine from the July issue.  The editorial said that: "Our pictorials will concentrate on the whole body, physical and spiritual (Flynt was still in the middle of his one year born-again Christian state brought on by contact with Jimmy Carter's evangelist sister Ruth) rather than just on the sex organs."




The Bits and Pieces section at the beginning of Hustler was full of weird stories and even weirder pictures about (largely) sex.  Amidst the grotesque cartoons, pictures of animals having sex and other "humour" was this vintage picture.  The joke from Hustler's point of view was that this wasn't vintage pornography but a co-ordination test for the young lady.  Whatever, they managed to get a picture of a girl grasping an erection and pissing into the magazine.  Were they testing the waters for what was to come later in the year?




A typically bizzare pictorial, also by James Baes, saw models superimposed on food items, echoing the statement on the cover.  Hustler announced that this June issue would be the last that featured "our regular girl photos. the last of an inventory of Hustler Honeys."  Was this a joke?  What would July bring instead?



Whatever, Baes manages to catch his burger girl with an open cunt and an open arsehole.  Something that wouldn't be seen for some time in Penthouse.  Above is the original studio shot which they composited onto the burger.





The last Honey (if Hustler was to be believed) was the rather gloomy looking Rececca who, nonetheless gave us this Penthouse style pussy stroking shot.




Sue claimed to be from a small town in Oregon.  She was rather chunkier than a model you would see in Penthouse or Oui, let alone Playboy.  Hence she spent most of her pictorial with her skirt around her waist or visibly holding in her stomach.  In Larry Flynt's autobiography he wrote: "We'd advertise (for models) in the littlest, shittiest weeklies and get our girls from rural areas and poor suburbs. We paid them less than a third what Playboy or Penthouse paid - $1500 compared to $5000."  




Likewise, it's doubtful if Anne would have made the cut with the other magazines and, again, her midsection was covered up too in her brief pictorial. Hustler wasn't interested in a trim waist, however, it was just all about that dark, juicy, pink pussy.  Would the July issue really be different?  Were they about to indulge in a Playboy style retreat on the explicitness front.  Had Flynt got tired of all the obscenity charges?  We'll have to wait until next time!

23 comments:

  1. Great stuff! Brings backs lots of memories.

    Brian

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  2. Great write-up as always! The Hustler stuff is fascinating. There is so much to despise about their approach and Flynt, but compared to their competition they actually were political and those covers took a stand and showed some real courage. Playboy or Penthouse would never have deliberatly alienated their customer base like this.

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  3. Yes, Hustler wasn't in thrall to its advertisers which gave it more indpendence.

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  4. Kathryn Morrison was quite a hottie. A post on her might be worth the trouble.

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  5. Wonderful as ever... On matters pubic I see in this week's Evening Standard magazine feature on the upcoming Steve Coogan/Paul Raymond biopic that there is no 'full nudity' in the pic... Because all the (otherwise nude) young actresses are wearing pubic wigs...

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  6. Funny! Hadn't spotted that! They did the same in the US TV series Spartacus which is ironic as Roman ladies kept theirs bald!

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  7. —and Gail Stanton was a real beauty, too, though when I see her pictures now I tend to think her breasts look fake. But otherwise, a stunner.

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  8. My Old Man was a Penthouse guy. You know, J&B scotch insurance executive type. My little friends and I used to steal Hustler and Parliament publications from newsstands, along with shoplifting Seagram's 7 from supermarkets. We use to drink in delight while gawking at the trashy women in these mags! Never did care much for that Guccione soft focus crap. Though Jane Hargrave did had some of the best tits I've ever scene. Um, thanks for the (mammaries) memories. Yeah, whatever!

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  9. Met Ms H few years ago and she still looks fantastic!

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  10. Keli, in the May/78 'Hustler', is the tit-riffic Keli Stewart.

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  11. I love your amusing critque....would you perhaps care to do a review for the audiobook I am producing of the erotic classic 'My secret Life'?
    www.mysecretlife.org

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  12. You seem to be very knowledgeable about these late seventies publications. There was an issue some time in the late seventies early eighties (I thought it was Penthouse but maybe I'm wrong) which must have been around Halloween because it included a very erotic several page spread with a vampire theme and accompanying captions. Ring any bells for you? Not sure if publications were different in the U.S vs. U.K. but this was in the U.S. Thanks!

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  13. Please, please, post more Brie's photos! PLEASE!!!

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  14. A nice serving of Brie will be served up shortly!

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  15. This type of review makes me miss the old Penthouse so badly. Never thought that beautiful women being erotic would go out of style, even on newsstands. Amazing how powerful these older images are, in contrast to today's style of photography.

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    1. Apart from the fact that these girls look more sensual I think that part of it is the current fashion for photographers to just light everything as brightly as possible. Some shadows add mystery and texture.

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  16. Is there anymore pics of The June 1978 Hustler Honey Rebecca posted?

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    1. I have this issue so will get the rest of her pictorial scanned in the next couple of days for you...

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  17. In Pubic Wars 10 - 1978, Part 1, you have a page from the January 1978 Playboy showing Mr. Nude Galaxy standing beside a woman identified as Mrs. Richard Megna, Miss Nude Massachusetts. I would swear this woman is Corinne Alphen the two-time Penthouse Pet and Pet of the Year. I happen to know that Corinne was from Massachusetts too.

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    1. Really well spotted! It's definitely her. Richard Megna was her husband until they divorced. I'll have to update the post! Gold star!

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  18. Really enjoying the series. I can't wait till we get further along in the '80s. That's when I got my first look at some of these magazines. Got a few questions for you. Are there any nude shots of Club's cover girl Katie from the front in her pictorial?

    And sorry this is OT, but not sure how else to contact you: who is the blonde in the unclickable shot above the labels menu? She looks very familiar.

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  19. Yes, Katie has a pictorial inside. The blonde over the labels is Austrian model Stephanie McLean, then wife of photographer and later Hustler photographic director Clive McLean. She later married British World motorcycling champion Barry Sheene. She was the first Penthouse Pet to show her pubic hair, beating Playboy's first Pubic Playmate by some months and becoming the first pubic flashing model in US mainstream magazines.

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  20. Got any more of the Southern Belle and the black guys from Hustler? (No email at present!)

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