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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Venus on the Cover: A Pubic Wars special - Part 4 the 1970s (1974 July-December)

July 1974


We continue our look at the increasingly revealing covers of men's magazines in the seventies by looking at the second half of 1974.  A new men's magazine was first published that July in the shape of  Larry Flynt's Hustler.  Hustler would feature some strong and provocative covers over the next few years but this initial shot of cover girl 'Inger' is very much in the Penthouse style. although with bare bottom and just a hint of reflected nipple.


July 1974


Oui was very much in the middle of its couples pictorials phase but while the lady was naked the man kept his orange underpants on.  They didn't want to risk being too provocative.  The picture does not, however, relate to the couples pictorial in that issue. Of all the men's magazines Oui most often had a specially commissioned cover shot, rather than taking a still from a pictorial shoot inside.


July 1974


Although technically covered up, this shot of December 1973 Playmate Christine Maddox's bust was Playboy's most nipple-centric cover shot to date.


July 1974


Genesis had been getting its cover girls to gradually reveal more and more of their nipples but this Penthouse style, gently bust-clasping example still didn't go all the way.


July 1974


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.


August 1974


Gallery wasn't quite as revealing in August with this shot of Coral by Swedish photographer Christer Flodqvist but managed to get a bare bottom as well as an exposed nipple on the cover.


August 1974


The last time we looked at a copy of Modern Man magazine their girls were using the old trick of covering their nipples with their upper arms.  By 1974, however, a few glimpses were visible but they employed, more often than not, the technique of just obscuring the nipples with fabric, flowers or other objects.  They would go fully nipple displaying rather later than most of the other magazines.


August 1974


Swank had gradually been increasing its bust exposure in 1974 and by August had gone for the partially visible nipple look.  This was certainly their boldest cover to date.


August 1974


Stag, which had just gone full colour for the first time, was tidying up the riotous text on their covers a bit and had their most naked photograph so far for the August issue.  Cover girl 'Martha Redford' is actually Swedish actress and Penthouse Pet of the Month for March 1974, Maria Ekorre.


August 1974


Like Stag, Male's patchwork picture covers were gradually becoming dominated by an image of one woman and in this case by one in a see-through bikini top in their most assertive nipple flashing cover to that point.


September 1974


It wasn't all about busts, though.  Playboy presented the bottom of a model called Zoya shot, appropriately, by Bill Arsenault.  This was sexually aggressive stuff for Playboy.


 September 1974


Debonair also had their most revealing shot that September with centrefold Marnet not quite completely covering herself on the cover.


 September 1974


Gallery's September cover girl emphasised her very visible right nipple by gazing at it and toying with it with her fingernail.


 September 1974


On the cover of Penthouse, Pet of the Month Janice Kane from England revealed more nipple than any previous cover girl. Inside she also revealed a lot more of her crotch than any previous Penthouse centrefold.


October 1974


While Penthouse hadn't yet got its cover girls to reveal their whole busts on the cover, without some remaining partial covering, Genesis would go all the way for the first time with their September centrefold, Marianne, shot by Siwer Ohlsson


October 1974


Stag, meanwhile was still tentatively edging forward with its first see-through top cover.


November 2015


By the following month, however, Stag was risking their first uncovered nipple, albeit in profile.


November 2015


Big bust specialist magazine Gem had been presenting strangely nippleless women on their covers but while November's voluptuous girl also hid her points of interest her assertively naked pose pushed Gem along the exposure gradient by some distance.


November 1974


Another new men's magazine appeared in November 1974 in the shape of Game, which certainly took the most assertive approach to busts on its early covers.  No see-through tops, profile views or obscuring hair or fabric here.


November 1974


Jane Sommers, on the cover of Penthouse's November issue was still exposing one while keeping the other slightly more obscured in profile.


December 1974


By the end of the year Genesis was being as upfront as any magazine, even the new Game, with its cover girls, in this case Cynthia Bennett.


December 1974


Swank, at last,  presented its first unobscured perky profile for December 1974.


December 1974


Playboy showed that it wasn't going to be left behind at this point, with this sensuous shot of  Robyn Douglass by Stan Malinowski. Douglass later became an actress and appeared in Galactica 80, a sequel to the Star Wars TV rip-off, Battlestar Galactica.  See sued Hustler magazine in 1981, for using nude photos of her taken around this time without her permission. This shot of her on the cover of Playboy, nipple touching her stocking and hand between her legs was later used as ammunition by those who thought Hugh Hefner should not be pursuing Penthouse's increasingly explicit style during the Pubic Wars.

1 comment:

  1. I remember when I was little my uncle was very erotic magazines how are you

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