Saturday, December 29, 2012

Three's Company by Mindas

It's four months since we posted our last Penthouse Love Set, the racy Easy Riders by Earl Miller,  This pictorial appeared in the same issue, May 1976, and was the first time that Penthouse had put two couples pictorials in the same issue.

They couldn't have been more different in style, however, with Miller's passionate and explicit pictorial contrasting with the much lighter tone of Three's Company by Mindas.  Mindas's only other Penthouse credit was for the pictorial of Derna Wylde which would appear in the September issue.  Was it a pseudonym?  A combination of Miller and Dunas, possibly?  Who knows?  It certainly shares some of the rather annoying "comedy" aspects of Miller's Auto Erotic from the previous month's issue.

The text is really just an excuse to put in as many food related (for some obscure reason) double entendres similes and euphemisms as possible.  The concept behind this being that the man was pursuing the women at dinner but they got the upper hand in the end.  Hence, no doubt, the appalling over acting by the male model in this shot.

It is the dream of many (most?) men to end up in a sexual situation with two women at the same time and this was Penthouse's second pictorial featuring this scenario, after the similarly named pictorial Three in Love from February 1975.

What men want (or rather what men's magazines seem to think they want) is two adoring females who will pander to the man's every whim and, hopefully throw in a bit of lesbian action as well.  This, however, is not always the reality of the situation.

The girls in this pictorial, for example, are not interacting with each other sexually at all (unlike Three in Love and, indeed, most Penthouse threesome's pictorials) but are entirely focussed on the man.

The girl in blue manages to inject a bit more believable passion into her performance whereas the blonde seems to just find the whole situation hilarious.  One observation we would make is that the girl in blue  has remarkably hairy legs, visible through her stockings in the picture above.  Something that is rarely seen even in seventies magazines.

We mentioned Triple P's first experience of a threesome in passing in our recent Centrefold of the Month posting on Connie Lynn Hadden.  Our new girlfriend had asked Triple P, really rather early on in their relationship, if he wanted to have sex with two women at the same time.  Of course, depending on your definition, it could be argued that it is impossible to have sex with two women at the same time but this was not an argument we remember having at the time trying to sound, simultaneously, both interested and diffident.

Triple P's girlfriend, C, had her eye on another girl in her college but it was the other girl who suggested Triple P's presence.  All three of us drank quite a lot of wine one evening in C's room in college but all felt rather inhibited due to the non-spontaneous nature of the occasion.  Nothing, therefore happened, even after C stripped down to her underwear to reveal some very uncharacteristically fancy lingerie.  Instead C and the other girl just got into a discussion about lingerie and stockings whilst Triple P finished the wine.

C was nothing if not persistent, however, and so organised another post-dinner rendezvous for the three of us.  This went better as it was a Saturday night and we had all finished our academic work for the week.  It's hard to concentrate on potentially kinky sex when you know that you should be writing an essay on administrative law instead.  Things started much better when both stripped off their outer clothes to reveal full-on boudoir lingerie and stockings.

Triple P was soon made to feel overdressed and did, of course, thoroughly enjoy the two girls removing his clothes, although was very embarrassed by his aroused state in front of the other girl who he hardly knew.  The whole thing didn't go as planned for C, however, as it became obvious that the other girl was more interested in Triple P than having lesbian sex with C.  There was a little half-hearted, clothed, breast fondling between the two girls (they kept their lingerie on throughout whereas Triple P had been stripped completely) but what the other girl wanted was to "see you two do it".   This we did and the most exciting aspect of the evening was having the other girl guide Triple P into C's sopping pussy.   But when she asked whether she "could have a go" with Triple P, C suddenly got very protective and she said "not this time".  But there never was another time.  C decided that the potential negatives of a rival outweighed her burgeoning lesbian desire.  The problem of threesomes always being, of course, that one person always feels left out. It was fifteen years before Triple P got involved in another such performance.

So we leave our threesome with the man giving one girl a good seeing to and the other nowhere in sight.  It wouldn't be long before Penthouse had another boy/girl/girl threesome pictorial, however.  In fact just two months, in their special bicentennial issue in July 1976.  This we will look at very soon.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Happy Christmas to all our readers!

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by or, particularly, taken the time to comment this year.  Many more seduced Venuses next year!

Hope you all get the Christmas kisses you want!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Mars and Venus: allegory of peace by Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée

Here, as our 100th post on this blog, is a gently seductive piece by French painter Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (1724-1805).  Painted in 1770 it shows Mars and Venus, rather racily for the time, in bed together.  No doubt the use of the word "allegory" in the title helped to make this more acceptable.  The whole atmosphere of the picture is determinedly post-coital and  Lagrenée has Mars pushing aside the (beautifully rendered) drapes around the bed to reveal the naked hidden treasure within. Your eye is immediately drawn to Venus' pale body; her skin painted in much lighter tones than Mars'.  Venus has tamed Mars, as his abandoned sword and helmet attest, through love (or, perhaps, sex).

Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée

Lagrenée won the Prix de Rome at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1749 and went to Rome to study under Carle van Loo, a Rococo rival of Boucher and teacher of Fragonard as well. He was received into the Académie in 1755 and from 1760 until 1762, he directed the Saint Petersburg Academy at the Russian court. When he returned to France he became a professor at the French Académie and although he painted some large official commissions it was generally his smaller works which were better received and more popular with collectors.   This painting, for example, which now hangs in the J. Paul Getty museum in Los Angeles, is a comparatively modest 40 inches by 30 inches in size.

Another, even more racy, Lagrenée painting after Christmas.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

My Funny Valentine: Updated

One of the new pictures

One of the most popular posts on this blog is Stan Malinowski's pictorial My Funny Valentine from Penthouse's February 1976 issue.  When we originally posted it we only had the UK edition of the magazine but have subsequently acquired the US version which is some four pages longer.  We have scanned the new pictures, put them in the order they were in in the original pictorial and put the extras, which were not in the feature as published, in the second half of the post.  It's still a radical fetish piece even today and the high heel in the eye one still makes us wince!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

More Lovers by Brad Holland

We have featured a couple of American illustrator Brad Holland's works before.  Here is another of his deliciously erotic illustrations from Playboy's Ribald Tales; this time from January 1978.  People actually kissing in erotic art is not that common.