Monday, July 17, 2017

Kissing Venyses 13: From the nineteenth century



Here is a delicious picture of kissing women from the late nineteenth century.  They have something of Daisy and Edith, from my erotic story The Lust World, about them!  The standing girl is a voluptuous lovely indeed!  What a splendid posterior!  I have no exact date for this picture but these striped stockings were very popular in the 1890s.  Gorgeous!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Settlement out of Court by Dwight Fox





Given it is Wimbledon ladies finals day today, I thought I might find some sort of tennis themed pictorial.  This one is more locker room than on court action but it includes enough tennis clothes and accessories to satisfy Agent Triple P's lady tennis player fantasies!




This girl/girl pictorial, Settling out of Court (oh, how the writers of men's magazines couldn't resist terrible tennis allusions in their titles for these sorts of sets - at least there was no 'love all' nonsense) appeared in July 1980's Club.  This shared a cover photo with May's Men Only in the UK but this particular pictorial didn't appear in Britain.








We start with a few nice undressing shots and while one girl might get away with her largely white outfit at the All England Club the other would have no chance with her dark blue ensemble.








A bit of gentle body kissing here and our first view of a truly magnificent bush!  In the next one the other girl's equally splendid coal black fleece is revealed.  The pussy stroking is still quite unusual for the time.






Here both ladies get a chance to stroke each other's fur as well as revealing their labia for the first time in the set.








Usually the pictorials that appeared in Men Only then appeared in Club in the US a month or two later.  However this pictorial never appeared in the UK magazine because by this period Paul Raymond had dialled right back on showing explicitly displayed labia, which we certainly get here.  Delicious!








There is nothing particularly special about this set but I like both girls and their raven locks (at both ends) and they look reasonably affectionate towards each other, which always helps.  There is nearly a kiss and all we really needed was a smile or too!  Not good, not bad.  Deuce, perhaps (sorry!).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hustler couples pictorials part 1: 1974-79



November 1974


Hustler isn't, perhaps, the first magazine that would spring to mind when discussing couples pictorials.  Penthouse with its 'Love Sets', yes, and the other Guccione magazine, aimed at women, Viva. whose couples sets were, at least initially, rather more sensuous than Penthouse's efforts, even though they were often shot by the same photographers.  In this post I look at every Hustler couples pictorial.  Some of these I have covered before in my Pubic Wars series but some are new.   Some I have already posted in full on this site and others I may post in the future (especially if there are any requests)


November 1974


But Hustler did feature couples pictorials from its first year of publication, 1974.  Penthouse had had its first couples set back in 1970 but between then and the end of 1974 they only had three more. During 1974 they didn't publish any at all but the real magazine for couples sets at this time was the Playboy owned Oui, which had even started featuring men with women on some of their covers. 


November 1974


This was not universally popular, however, and some readers wrote in complaining about the men, especially when they appeared in the centrefolds as well.  Most erotica throughout history had depicted men with women together but Playboy had made erotic pictures all about women.  The men in Playboy's early centrefolds were hinted at (two glasses, a smoking cigar etc) but not shown.   They wanted to show that their Playmates enjoyed male company but didn't want to spoil the illusion that these women would go with their readers.  Playboy did go on to have couples pictorials but they were rare and often more in the nature of travelogue pieces, 




In 1974, Hustler was a very different magazine, visually, from what it would become a year or so later.  Its nude pictorials were complete copies of the gauzy, romantic Penthouse style.  It was not surprising that they followed this approach with their first couples pictorial, Really Gittin' Down in November 1974, their fifth issue.


November 1974


This first couples pictorial was not long, just six pictures over five pages, and was gently sensual.  There were no copulating positions, it was all about foreplay.  The only differences from the Penthouse style were that the man's face was actually in contact with the girls's groin (it would be some time before Penthouse risked this) in one shot, they clearly showed the woman's divided pubic mound (Penthouse would ensure the women it its couples pictorials displayed less than those in solo ones) and the language in the accompanying text was more frank.  Penthouse went in for poetry and tasteful euphemisms whereas Hustler talked about the couple "fucking, sucking, hoing humming and reaming".  In a final piece of product placement they said the couple had met at a Hustler Club, "where people go to get together".




February 1975


The next couples pictorial wasn't really a couples one at all and by today's standards looks very dubious indeed.  The piece had rather more text accompanying it than a usual pictorial. as it discussed the 'Lolita complex' and the fact that most men had "Fantasies about the young blooming body of a teenage nymph"   The photographer used a short, small breasted woman, had her shave her pubic hair for the required effect and posed her with a much older man.  The effect looks very dodgy today and it is ironic as Larry Flynt became a strong campaigner against the sexual exploitation of women below the age of eighteen. 




April 1975


April 1975's Karen and Ken was a step forward in Hustler's depiction of couples and not just in the fact that it used two names as the title of the pictorial.  For a start, alongside all the previously seen gentle caressing, there was this strong sex position shot.  Penthouse had yet to show anything that made it look like the couple were having actual sex in any of their pictures.






April 1975


The other noteworthy thing about this pictorial was the fact that it contained, not one, but three pictures showing the man's penis.  This was a month before Penthouse risked one very small photograph doing the same.  Oui, however, had broken this barrier back in 1974.  The depiction of the penis would become something of a battleground in the pages of the magazine over the next few years.




It would be eight months before the magazine had another couples picture but when it did, in December 1975, it would cause a storm and have far reaching effects for publisher Larry Flynt.



Butch A black stud and his Georgia peach was all about the male model's penis to the extent that the girl, became little more than a decorative companion in the manner of a magician's assistant.  She is Deborah Clearbranch, who was, indeed. from Georgia, although she moved to California where she became a topless go-go dancer.  She posed, at the age of seventeen, for Penthouse and appeared in the magazine in June 1974.  She would change her name and become porn star Desireé Cousteau.




He is Butch Williams and Hustler would, as a result of his impressive anatomy, announce a prize for any man who could prove he was as well endowed. No one ever won.




This is not really a "Love Set' in the Penthouse sense, although there are a couple of shots of the two models embracing.  No, Cousteau's job is just to gaze admiringly at Bitch's, admittedly impressive member, which she does with suitably idolising expressions on her face.


December 1975



This is the first couples shot where the female model clearly displays her labia, as well. The reason they felt they could get away with these pictures was because, of course, they could argue that he was not erect, even though he looked it. In some pictures he is patently more erect than others, however. Hustler claimed he was 14" when fully rigid.


December 1975


So, having boldly gone with three shots of a flaccid penis in their previous pictorial they jump stright to warp speed with this one.  Considering the nervousness about shots of penises in the other major magazines, it wasn't surprising that there was something of an uproar.  Nevertheless, this wasn't the real source of the many objections to the pictorial. Complaints flooded in, particularly from the South, because he was black and she was white. Playboy had had similar problems when it published a picture of a naked black man with a white girl.


December 1975


Having only had one copulatory position in their couples sets so far, they finished the pictorial with this one of Deborah seemingly being taken from the rear; certainly the first depiction of the rear entry position in a men's magazine. One man who saw the photos got particularly incensed. Joseph Franklin later said "It just showed a black male and a white female together and when I closed up (the magazine) I just thought to myself I'm gonna kill (Flynt). I just got very incensed because of photos that they published in Hustler, you know, mixed race, you know, white women with black men so this made me sick, you know, grossed me out and still does." In June 1978 Larry Flynt and his lawyer were leaving a courthouse in Georgia (ironically) when they were gunned down by shots from a .44 calibre rifle, leaving Flynt a paraplegic. No one was caught at the time but racist, serial killer Franklin admitted to the crime subsequently.  He has not been tried for it because he is already serving life imprisonment for other murders.






January 1976


After the depiction of interracial rear entry and adoring penis gazing in December 1975's issue, readers might have wondered what Hustler editors might come up with in 1976. The following month, however, there were no sex positions in the Dracula themes set and he doesn't take any clothes off.  The only notable thing about the pictorial was the lady giving the camera an assertive rear end display and just displaying her anus.






 March 1976


Another not really a couples pictorial for March, with, the story of the pictorial went, a lady betting her dinner companions that they would prefer her shaved pussy to her hairy one (what a bizarre thought!).   She soaps herself up and the gentleman set to with the razor.  Mainly the pictorial is an excuse to show as many pussy shots of her as possible but there is one post shaving shot of her with one of the men, although his nether regions are concealed by her knee.




July's issue, which sported a very revealing cover, offered up the next proper couples pictorial and in what seemed like the perfect title for the magazine, was called A Day in the Life of a Gynaecologist.


 July 1976


This, was a more complex pictorial with two dozen pictures depicting a gynaecologist's consulting room and featuring an extra as a nurse.  It also featured the first depiction of a speculum in a men's magazine pictorial in this, Hustler's first close-up cunt shot.




This photo was also a first in that it shows the man;s mouth in close proximity to the woman's pussy.  In addition, his fingers appear to be very close to actually touching her labia.


July 1976


Finally, we get a series of copulation shots as the gynaecologist very unprofessionally bangs his patient on the couch.  So this pictorial gave us a number of firsts for couples shots in the magazine and had a strong narrative with pictures displayed in chronological order of the story.  You certainly couldn't accuse Hustler of following a particular set pattern with its couples pictorials.




 August 1976


The following month would bring Under the Table at Tony's a pictorial about a man and a woman hooking up in a restaurant, with all the photographs shot at below table top level for an effectively voyeuristic approach.  There is some intimate action in this one as he pushes his hand inside her knickers to reveal her pink labia, his thumb pulling one of her lips to the side in a unique hand to intimate part contact/


 August 1976


It's not easy to spot initially, and that may have been one of the ways that the pictorial got away with a leap forward in physical intimacy, but she has her hand curled around his prick in this shot.


 August 1976


This photograph is even more suggestive, with the hint of her pink tongue almost in contact with his just visible cock.




August 1976


A gentle kiss on the bottom (it is notable that none of the models in any of the couples pictorials so far had been shown kissing each other on the lips) is followed by his finger pressing right between her legs; the point of contact hidden by her finger pressing his.




September 1976


September 1976 saw Hustler publish their third couples pictorial in a row, except this wasn't a couples pictorial but their very first threesome.  Penthouse had already had four threesomes pictorials by this point so this was an area Hustler were lagging behind in. 


 September 1976


Another one with a medical setting, this time the man is the patient and, according to the text ended up in hospital after crashing his car while his girlfriend gave him a blow job; hence the rather medically unlikely plastered cock he demonstrates in the early shots.  His nurses soon remove this, however, and one of them gives him an implied blow job, presumably just to ensude it is still working.


 September 1976


Sat on a bedpan the blonde nurse is shown with her fingers clearly on his genitals.  Both women display their nether regions in many of the shots much more assertively than the few examples seen in Penthouse couples pictorials to that point.




The patient gets massaged with baby oil in this superbly tactile shot; undoubtedly the most sensuous photograph in the pictorial.


 September 1976


There is a full on copulation shot, which includes the second nurse clamped onto his back as he takes the blonde, in a nicely participative threesome shot.


September 1976


Although this is close to that dreaded entity, the comedy couples pictorial, it contains a number of nice shots (the bust massage being particularly noteworthy) and the final body pile up is quite well done (complete with enticing anal presentation by the dark haired nurse).




 January 1977


It would be four months before Hustler had another couples pictorial.  This one, A Passing Fancy, would really set the style for most of those that went after.  The Penthouse soft focus had well and truly gone and so were the many smaller pictures in some of the earlier sets. It was just an encounter told in under ten photos.


January 1977


It began with the most graphic implied cunnilingus shots to appear in the magazine so far.  These were considered quite naughty at the time as Penthouse would discover later in the year when they had their  May 1977 issue seized at the Canadian border due to a couple of pussy munching shots.




January 1977


This set also had the girl seemingly stimulating herself during the encounter too.   It also included the first graphic nipple licking, as well as the first example of toe sucking in ny of the major men's magazines.


January 1977


There was just the one sex position but it was another rear entry one.  The accompanying text said he "bucked himself furiously into her tight, young ass", implying anal penetration, still illegal in many US states (and, indeed, the UK).


January 1977


This shot of the girl, thighs spread, anus presented, manages to be graphic, tender and erotic at the same time as his cock nuzzles her thigh as he (nearly) kisses her forehead.  Hustler's most successful couples pictorial to date.




September 1977


Hustler gave the couples pictorials a rest for the next eight months, choosing, instead, to feature some girl/girl sets.  When the next boy/girl set appeared. in September 1977. it certainly trumped anything that Bob Guccione had done in Penthouse as it was all shot underwater.


September 1977


Not only did it have the first picture of a man with his fingers on the girl's parts but it aso featured the magazine's first sixty-nine shot in this impressive sub-aqua performance.






September 1977


Several photographs had the girl interacting with the man's prick and the picture of her with her mouth open, next to his balls, pushed another barrier in the magazine.  Maybe the fact that all the action was veiled by water made it more acceptable than if the same actions had been depicted on dry land.




The next couples pictorial wouldn't appear until February 1978 and to say it was strange is an understatement. The lady cupid on the Valentine's Day cover doesn't really hint at what would become one of Hustler's most controversial (and that's saying something) pictorials, depite then claiming it was there "most shocking pictorial" on the cover..






February 1978


In the pictorial The Naked...and the Dead a girl on death row is shaved of all her hair (seemingly for real - full marks for commitment to the model) and. apparently in exchange for a last cigarette, she lets the prison guard have sex with her.


February 1978


The final picture has her on the electric chair with smoke and sparks (not very convincingly) coming out of it.  This is a disturbing pictorial and not erotic at all and this is largely due to the acting of the girl, who looks appropriately hopeless and depressed, all life knocked out of her.




May 1978's cover was certainly controversial too, making the reproductive roleof women all too clear and featuring a naked pregnant woman in a (quite tasteful, actually) pictorial inside.


May 1978


The couples pictorial, Belle of he Ball (see the whole pictorial here with some graphic outtakes) that month was another group one with one girl taking on five men in a slave plantation period piece.  Again, the acting of the model makes this one.


May 1978


The girl presents the juiciest looking pussy seen so far in a couples pictorial (I know couples isn't technically correct but sixsome doesn't sound right either).  Really remarkably, however, what we have here is the very first proper kiss in one of these boy/girl sets.  An interracial kiss at that.


May 1978


The pictorial, as printed in the magazine, was more about the slaves getting their revenge on the girl  and chaining her up rather than any sex action but it is an enticing idea, well executed by photographer James Baes.




 July 1978


Hustler jumped a month until its next couples set. Seat of Passion, photographed by Clive McLean.  No actual kissing again but some tongue play.  This was all about one of those curious sex seats that are specifically designed to enable as many positions as possible.  They claimed in the magazine that it was anew invention but  King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, had one made for him and kept in his favourite Parisian brothel in the nineteenth century!


July 1978


This was an unusual pictorial in that nearly all the pictures were on a giant pull-out, the size of eight normal pages.  This replaced the normal Hustler's Honey gatefold that month.  Since he had been shot Larry Flynt had found God and decided that the magazine was to be less about just naked women and more about liberation through sex.  He intended to do away with the Hustler Honeys and replace them with couples pictorials.  This was to be the first of those




July 1978


Other than this shot, with the amusingly placed lipstick marks, there was not much in the way of penis reveal (or pussy reveal either, for that matter) but there was this very strong male rear end and balls shot which can't have been too popular with the 'no men in the magazine' contingent.  They do, at least. look like they are actually having sex.




August 1978


There were not one, not two but three couples pictorials in the August 1978 issue, although the first one wasn't a pictorial proper but an illustrated article on men's top ten fantasies.  The picture illustrating group sex included some tickling testicle play.


August 1978


The first proper pictorial was called Parlor Games, being set in an ice cream parlour.  This is a fun shot, although they have used the not very realistic lipstick effect again on the boy's cheek.




 August 1978


This is the first clear use of the open mouth over cock effect to indicate imminent fellatio. At this stage erections certainly couldn't be shown so it is more promise than delivery.


August 1978


Again, instead of the usual Hustler Honey centrefold shot, they had the couple in the gatefold picture, with more testicular display again.  The boy has to gaze at her pink pussy with his tongue out just as she has to gaze at his penis with her mouth open.  This rule of no mouth to genital contact would continue for nearly twenty years,


 August 1978


The second couples set that month, shot by Clive McLean, was called Stirring it Up and had a painting and decorating theme.  This is the first photograph to appear in the magazine to show mutual genital touching.


August 1978


Here, again, is another Hustler convention, which was required because of fears of censorship at the time, as the man holds his penis at the girl's entrance supposedly indicating imminent penetration.  Except he is patently not stiff at all.




As part of his new ongoing role as a sexual educator, Flynt offered a photo guide to sex positions and the first couple on the cover.  These were the two models who would demonstrate the positions inside.






September 1978


There was more floppy cock action in the desert in a pictorial called Hit and Run, culminating in a Bugatti bonnet bonk.  The centrefold featured the couple, once more too.  A disgruntled reader wrote in the November issue:  "Ever since Mr. Flynt's hospitalisation your centrefolds have sucked, and September's Hit and Run sucked worst of all.  All we see anynore are hairy assholes and limp dicks.  Who needs that shit?"  Not a fan, obviously.




September 1978


Onto the cover couple for the Sex Positions guide with photos by Clive McLean and a very serious commentary by Dr Joseph Barry.  One thing about this was that at least the couple were shown kissing in several of the pictures, although, other than the girl on top one they were not very revealing.  Dr Barry warned of the woman on top position that "Some men feel threatened taking the 'passive' or 'feminine' position, while on the other hand, many women are too inhibited to take an active role in love-making."  






 October 1978


October's issue had an effectively sexy cover of two interlocked torsos and unlike the previous cover there was no sheet covering the man's bottom, their genitals were obviously in contact.  Larry Flynt, back at work after his shooting, was convinced the CIA had ordered the hit (not so, as we subsequently discovered) and this pictorial was supposed to be an allegory of the rape of Justice by a sinister figure with a very nasty looking spiked phallus who was, perhaps, supposed to be the personification of the CIA.  Very strange, this one and certainly not erotic, unless you were really into extreme sado-masochism.








October 1978


There was more conventional boy/girl action in the centrefold pictorial Hard Day's Work, although the man was not hard at all, of course.  Yet again, the couple featured in the centrefold and yet again, it was all about his balls, although there was some quite bold pussy play by the girl to keep the spread legs centrefold lovers happy (ish)..


November 1978


Although there was another couple of the cover in November (the girl was the fabulous Joyce Gibson who had appeared in Penthouse's first threesome pictorial, Bawdy Bathers, in Dcember 1974), things otherwise were returning to normal at Hustler with the Honey returning to the centrefold and the couples banished to subsidiary pictorials.




November 1978


There were two couples pictorials again, that month. The first one was a conventional one called Yen for Love, supposedly set in a Japanese tea house.  Although there was still flaccid cock inaction the girl's charms were much more on display than in some of the recent couples pictorials.  Interestingly, outtakes from this session show that at some point he got very stiff indeed.




November 1978


The second one was something of a curiosity in that not only did it feature the girl actually pissing (in a first for any mainstream (sorry) men's magazine at the time - something that wouldn't be seen in a couples pictorial in the magazine for twenty years) but had her interacting with a curious beastman.


November 1978


The beastman's head had been created by Hollywood special effects man Rick Schwartz, who had worked on the Planet of the Apes TV show, but it didn't really look very good on the not very hairy body of the man involved.  More floppy cock and open mouth poses.






December 1978


The couples on the cover continued into December but, unlike the previous cover couple (sadly) these two did appear inside.  This set threw up a couple of firsts: the first cock between tits shot and the first time the man spreads the girls labia to show her pink vulva.





Into the last year of the seventies and the fifth year of publication for Hustler.  The new year saw the couples on the cover retained as they had been since the previous September.




Although they had famously had an interracial set before, Quiet Village was their first all African-American couples set. With her hand on his balls and her lips seemingly (or at least unprovably either way) on his cock this was a strong shot for the time.


January 1979


Needless to say although they published two appreciative letters (from women, I wonder why?) about the pictorial in the April edition, there was the usual ranting missive from someone who was less impressed. "It's bad enough that you're showing dick. But nigger dick?" said, the not very tolerant, Brian Edwards from Illinois. It was actually one of Hustler's best boy/girl sets for some time.


January 1979


The male model must have been looking at the previous article on sex positions as he certainly goes through quite a few of them.  Other than the Sex Positions feature itself this pictorial had the most actual copulating poses to date.  Full marks for athleticism!





January 1979


The second couples pictorial was one of the dreaded comedy ones, done in a sort of superhero strip cartoon way, with speech boxes and written sound effects added to some of the pictures.  It was technically a threesome (and an interracial one as one of the girls was oriental) but the superhero's talents weren't that impressive in comparison to the African village gentleman.  An appreciative letter a couple of months later, remarked on the shaved pubis of he oriental lady.  What a novelty!





February 1979


February's couples cover was rather good, with two nicely built people embracing under a shower.  They appeared in the pictorial inside, Wet and Wanton by James Baes.




February 1979


As the cover picture indicated, this was a successfully sensual pictorial and included a couple of unusual overhead shots as the girl gets her bottom washed.   A bit of penis grasping in this too.  You did, at least, get the impression that the couple enjoyed being together.




February 1979


Honestly, you don't get a blonde with beastman pictorial for years and then two come along close together.  Rich Schwartz was on makeup duty again, this time clearly working from his Planet of the Apes template.  Entitled Circus of Lust there were more dangling testicles but this time with implied buggery from the lady's bullwhip handle.




After six months of couples covers it was back to a girl in the brassy shape of Yvonne, photographed in none too subtle style by Suze Randall.


March 1979


The couples pictorial that month was not so much a boy/girl one as a boy/woman, as the pictorial text discussed the issues of older women, from the pre-sexually liberated age, who have to hire gigolos to satisfy themselves. Or, at least, that was the excuse for the pictorial, Male for Sale, but at least Hustler was hiring an older female model.  More cock'tit interface here.


 March 1979


More of note was the visibly aroused male model in the set. Hustler had been criticised for all the soft penises (except by those who wanted them out of the magazine altogether, of course). They had had a few "is it or isn't it?" pictures and several of their male models had been at least semi-erect but the man in this pictorial had definitely risen to the occasion.


March 1979


The model was Candy Samples and when asked by appreciative readers, Hustler said she was fifty years old but actually she was born in 1940 so she would have been 39 at this point. The grey wig doesn't really successfully turn her into an old person but it's the thought that counts and it is still good to see someone older than their teens or twenties on the pages of a men's magazine of the period.




April 1979


The couples cover returned for April although the actual couple featured in the pictorial inside were different.  Sleeping Beauty was a racy version of the fairy tale and while the prince awakened Sleeping Beauty she seemed to awaken his interest too.  This was the first example of the female model grasping an erection, rather than just a flaccid penis.  This was an early pictorial by German photographer Matti Klatt, who had just joined Hustler.

 April 1979


The debate about couples pictorials continued in the letters pages of the magazine. "Some fellows may object to the inclusion of males in Hustler, because they know their women will be making odious comparisons," wrote the obviously self-confident Stewart Manville from New York. Whereas name-withheld-by-request from California implored the magazine to "stop putting male-female spreads in Hustler" but on the basis that she was a lesbian and didn't want her friends to think she was going straight because she was looking at pictures of naked men!




No couples on the cover of the magazine again in May but this would be something of a milestone for the couples pictorial in Hustler.  That month they carried several letters from readers about them.  "I feel there is nothing more natural than seeing a man and a woman together enjoying each other's bodies, said one.  "I want you to know that there is nothing "queer" about a man and a woman enjoying their sexuality," said another.  "Please keep up the fabulous idea of showing couples making love," added another, claiming to be a woman,  It was never clear how many (if any) letters to these magazines were real but they showed that Larry Flynt Publications intended to keep the couples pictorials for the foreseeable future.


May 1979


There was undeniably rampant action in the issue's couples pictorial, called Hayloft Harvest (you can see the whole pictorial here) and photographed by Suze Randall. This was a particularly effective couples set with two attractive models (the man is porn star Mike Ranger) who genuinely looked like they were enjoying themselves, which is always the key to successful pictorials such as these. In the final two page spread the man is patently fully erect without any hand holding needed. Furthermore his glans is nuzzling right into the girl's pussy in the closest Hustler had come to a couple actually doing it so far. The pictorial was popular with the readers. "I couldn't believe that Hayloft Harvest pictorial in May! Fantastic! It's about time! Now that you have got it up and touching let's get it in!" said the excited JW from San Geronimo, California.


May 1979


However, not every reader was happy, and not because they didn't want to see couples pictorials, either. Hustler published letters from four readers who objected to stick on blue dots that had been put over all the penises in the pictorial. "You really blew it with those stick-on blue dots that covered parts of the Hayloft Harvest photo-set," said Jack Bridgewater of Beaver City (surely not?). "I found to my amazement that every picture that showed a penis was censored with peel-and-stick blue dots" wrote Pamela Betts of Reseda California. Hustler replied that they never self censored but that some wholesalers did this in "areas where sexually explicit material is repressed."


May 1979


The final pictorial for May, The Long Hello, was also a couples one, this time by Clive McLean, but the man seems a little less eager than the chap in Hayloft Harvest, although he is stretching his talents in this one, to reach his juicy friend.






 June 1979


The first pictorial that month was the one trumpeted on the cover, which actually spoiled the surprise of the fact that one of the two Las Vegas showgirls in the set by Clive McLean was actually a transsexual. Response was surprisingly positive with one reader saying he had taken out a subscription as a result. Obviously, this sort of cross-gender pictorial was more acceptable than the other couples pictorial that appeared that month, as we shall see.




June 1976


It was the final pictorial which was to cause stir, however, as Hustler had another interracial couple in Black 'n White by James Baes, featuring porn star Tina Louise.  "Why do you disgrace your magazine with niggers in it?" asked someone who wouldn't disclose their name, in a letter to the magazine's September issue. "We put black people in Hustler, The niggers are in your twisted mind," was Hustler's rather good response. Given the comments after their previous interracial couples pictorial in May 1978, Eugene from Detroit "thought it would be years before an interracial spread would be seen again. I'm very pleased that the ignorant hatemongers of this world have not changed your policy."




July 1979


The following month, a bride, bridegroom and best man threesome pictorial, Honeymoon Trio, reverted to the flaccid dicks, so despised by some of the readers.




August 1979


After all the throbbing phalluses of the previous few months, the couples pictorial for August was a bit limp, with the lovely Nancy Suiter being wasted in a passionless affair called The Casting Couch.




September 1979


The couples pictorial in September, East Side Story, featured the first girl/boy pictorial of Kelly Nichols, who had appeared in Penthouse back in May that year and would go on to have a successful career in adult films. Hustler said that the pictorial, by Suze Randall, was a "must for all you couple-lovers who've written to us requesting more heterosexual fantasies". Although it was not quite as graphic as some of Hustler's couples pictorials in 1979 it did contain this nicely tactile cock/stocking interface shot.  Some of the outtakes of porn star Johnny Hardin, show him, understandably, much more excited at being in such close contact with the luscious Kelly.




October 1979


It was a similar situation with October's pictorial, Making Waves (which you can see with outtakes here).  In the pages of the magazine the man remains flaccid but in the outtakes he is more excited.  Clive McLean was taking the rigid shots but the magazine had backed off from using them.




The following month Hustler published a letter asking "What has happened to your male-female spreads? It seems that you are covering up the guy and showing off the girl at the expense of the male. Let's see more cocks and nice chests." As the letter was one of those Name and Address Withheld by Request ones it wasn't possible to tell if the writer was male or female.


 November 1979


The couples shot, The Toy Shoppe, that month, was by Clive McLean and, although it did not mention it in the accompanying text, is obviously based on the story of the Nutcracker ballet. And what a splendid nutcracker the ballerina here would be! The impressive thing about this shot is that the lady is genuinely en pointe (and has convincingly toned looking thighs) which is not an easy thing to do.




November 1979


 At least in The Toy Shoppe there was some semi-erect penis depiction to keep Miss (or Mr) Name and Address Withheld happy. This set was successful because the girl looks like a ballerina not a stripper dressed as a ballerina.




 December 1979


The final pictorial that month was put together, Hustler maintained, because of the number of requests they were receiving about S&M and, in particular, where to buy the equipment. This pictorial used porn stars Jaimie Gillis and his then girlfriend, Serena, to showcase the products sold in a shop called The Pleasure Chest on Santa Monica Boulevard.


December 1979


Contrary to the complaints the previous month about lack of cocks in the magazine, Suze Randall's shoot had Mr Gillis looking appropriately excited at the presence of his lovely girlfriend.

After a rocky start. when he almost closed down the magazine due to poor sales, Larry Flynt's Hustler had engendered a whole raft of similarly downmarket men's magazines. Never worried about being a lifestyle magazine like Playboy or having an arty sensibility like Penthouse, by the end of the decade Hustler was one of the big three as regards sales and was considerably cheaper to produce. In fact, compared with his blurrily printed pictures of strippers in his first issues, the women in Hustler were now easily as attractive as those in Penthouse and Playboy. Flynt wasn't so worried as Hefner and Guccione about pushing the boundary over explicitness and had suffered the lawsuits to prove it. The biggest change in the magazine, from 1977, was the increasing presence of these couples pictorials which, almost as much as the brazenly displayed cunts, came to define the magazine.

Next time, just as it looked as if the erect penis barrier had been broached once and for all, we would see a backing off of assertively presented cocks until much later in the decade.