Sunday, July 1, 2012

Auto Erotic by Earl Miller




We move on in our review of Penthouse couples pictorials to April 1976 and a set shot by Earl Miller.  This was Miller's third boy/girl pictorial for Penthouse, although we have to say that it was less successful than his others, for reasons that we will elucidate.   It tells the story of a young hitch-hiker called Terri who is seen here wearing a pair of shoes the likes of which you thought would never make a return to fashionable status.  This summer, however,  the shops are full of them!




We have used three sources for the pictures in this post: the US edition, the UK edition (which was slightly different from the US version) and some online pictures, which we have integrated into the narrative of the story rather than adding them at the end as we usually do.  You can tell which ones they are as they have very similar poses to other pictures but look much brighter.  The UK edition often, as here, printed their photographs slightly lighter then the US version which results in better online reproduction. It does mean that we have slightly different colour casts in the set, however.




Here is Terri having accosted the nerdy-looking Clarence.  Clarence is a big part of the problem with this pictorial.  He just looks too much like he has escaped from a TV comedy sketch show with his tragic glasses and terrible hair cut.  There is also something of Austin Powers about him which doesn't help either.






Terri doesn't waste any time and starts to molest him right away, giving him the opportunity for some of those "comedy" expressions that became very prevalent in some couples pictorials at about this time.  Oui was certainly full of them in 1976 and 1977.  Frankly, we don't think comedy and erotica mix very well.




 US version

UK version


Here we can see the nervousness of the British edition in that the picture in the middle of the three above has Clarence displaying his penis whereas in the UK edition he has had some (not very convincing) underwear painted over the top.   This was odd as in Miller's previous couples pictorial The Duel the UK version had clearly shown a semi erect penis.  Over the next few years, however, it would get to the point that the UK edition of Penthouse would stop publishing many of the couples pictorials at all due to their raciness.




The accompanying text for this pictorial was full of the most wince-inducing automotive imagery: "Terri decided to check out Clarence's transmission, whilst stripping down her own chassis..." etc. ad nauseum.







So far Terri has remained remarkably clothed for a couples pictorial but Clarence soon starts to free her from her none to bulky clothes.





Terri has something that was very unusual in the seventies: a tattoo.  Nowadays, of course virtually every girl who poses in Penthouse, or any other men's magazine, has their skin despoiled by these dreadful things.  Terri's here is the maximum size that Triple P can tolerate.




Triple P, we have to admit, has never got intimate with a young lady in a car.  This may have something to do with the fact that cars in the UK, especially the ones we had when we were younger, are much smaller than American ones.  All that maneuvering around is not easy when you are over six feet tall and in what Americans would call a compact car.






Here Terri is getting her hand into action and indulging in a little tie-play.  She has a delightful smile in this one.   There was no chance of painting underpants on to this one, however, so the UK edition left this picture out completely, which is a shame as it's the most fun shot in the pictorial.












A bit of maneuvering of their own follows but they are in a Mercedes and, of course we have no idea how many times they bump their extremities on bits of car in changing positions.  Although they aren't explicit the UK edition left out these pictures (above) from their pictorial, presumably just to save space.








Despite this faux fellatio shot there isn't much chemistry between the two models in this set and no real passion.  We can forgive Miller because his next couples pictorial would be much more passionate.




One thing you can't fault is the loveliness of the female model, Terri.  She had, however, already appeared in Penthouse in the October 1975 issue.




From this we can see that Terri was really called Melanie Sutherland and was born in 1956, which made her nineteen and "just one year out of high school", according to Penthouse, when this pictorial was shot.




Sadly, there were only six pictures in her pictorial which didn't, for some reason, appear in the UK edition at all.




These pictures were also shot by Earl Miller but, apart from the Auto Erotic piece she didn't appear in the magazine again, which is a shame as she is a real beauty.




She had a 36-25-36 figure,  according to Penthouse.  She has a lovely bust, excellent legs and a pert posterior as the rear view shot of her in shorts, at the top, shows.




Melanie made a couple of films, appearing briefly as a doomed hitch hiker in Hitch Hike to Hell (1977).  She is also noted as being one of the Penthouse Pets who appeared in the extra scenes Bob Guccione shot for Caligula (1979) but we can't recall seeing her in any of the versions so she must have been very much in the background compared with some of the other Pets.




She was easily beautiful enough to be a Pet but maybe there was some reason that prevented this and she is one of those girls that came and went and didn't seem to do any other modelling.




The following month's Penthouse, May 1976, would have two "love sets", as Penthouse called them, including another one by Earl Miller.  We'll post those shortly.

3 comments:

  1. Good post. I agree with you on mixing comedy and erotica. I prefer to read (and write) erotica of a more serious note. Yes, his glasses are very Austin Powers, hahah! And Agent, if you haven't tried fooling around in a car, you must! There's something about having an orgasm right there in the car seat, at risk of being spotted, that adds a little excitement to the play ;) I do understand how your height mixed with a compact car might make that a tad bit uncomfortable though!

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  2. Wow! I can't believe I found this. I was 10 years old and I always remember this pictorial. It was a turning point in my sexuality. As a boy, I used to keep it under my bed, and take it out to see the hot chick, until one day I decided to see what would happen if I looked at the guy's cock. Then I just ended up flipping until I saw the guy's cock, which was so rare back then-I got so aroused. Now I see the chicks still hot, but the guy? I developed a boyish craving later in life. That guys way too greek. Just goes to show, sexuality is dynamic, and our memories can change too.

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  3. Good post. The 1970's were the best period for Penthouse in my opinion. Especially the couples layouts.

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