Monday, March 14, 2011

Beauty is Porn Deep

 



 These are simple but striking.

Color Climax Corporation (CCC), once the largest producer of pornography (photos and films) in the world, published thousands of hardcore magazines from the mid-60's to the late 90's.

The Denmark-based company usually featured explicit or suggestive photographs on the covers of their magazines. The quality of their photo sets was first rate, and set a standard for the burgeoning Euro sex business.  Fortunately, the company also issued magazines with illustrated covers. The content of these was still photo-based, and predominantly explicit, but these cover treatments were often used to trick international censors and custom officers into believing that the material behind the covers was soft.








Though subtle, these illustrations cleverly separate the respective subjects covered in each magazine.

One thing Color Climax could never be accused of was taking the soft route. At one time or another, they covered every kink known to man and woman. In addition to vanilla topics such as straight sex, group sex, watersports, anal sex, oral sex, schoolgirl and excrement fetishism, they dabbled in bestiality and slave-themed pornography, and even took advantage of ultra-liberal censorship laws (and, ultimately, damaged their reputation) by publishing dozens of issues of a handful of child porn titles between '74 and '78.

In David Hebditch and Nick Anning's monumental tome on the Euro porn industry,  Porn Gold (Faber and Faber; 88), CCC's English-language editor Rupert James described the situation at the time:

"Yes, we did publish a couple of child porn mags in the mid-70's. We also did animal sex -- mags and films. I suppose we must have started around 1974 or so and it was all over by 1978. One of them was called Children Love -- I think that was the first -- and it went to about thirty issues. The original issue was that everybody else was doing it... and, in any case, it was supposed to be the softer, affectionate kind of child sex -- not rape and brutality and that kind of thing.

"Originally, we were publishing stuff mostly from the enthusiasts. But, of course, we were publishing it commercially as was everyone else at the time. That encouraged people to actually make the photos and films commercially. That meant we were commercially encouraging the abuse of children. That couldn't go on.

"In my opinion, we shouldn't have started. That was irresponsible. And we still have problems as a result. For example, the French customs and police always give us a bad time because we are down in their files as child pornographers. They don't listen when we tell them that all that stopped a long time ago. They don't care."











Despite the company's serious flirtation with the world's most taboo subject, they transitioned smoothly into the video age by transferring hundreds of their "legal" Super-8 movies onto videotape and eventually DVD. But with the advent of the internet, interest in hardcore magazines declined, and the company's original founder, Peter Theander, sold the business.

Now, CCC's back catalog of magazines and movies can be accessed on-line for a reasonable monthly fee.

Their "questionable" content is, of course, not available on the website --  or legitimately available anywhere.

 

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Please not that all covers above are from Color Climax's ADULT pornography. 

9 comments:

  1. jervaise brooke hamsterMarch 17, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    Phantom, Its amazing to realise that with-in 30 years (or perhaps less) the entire child-porn industry will be run exclusively by 10 year-old porn entrepreneurs, there will be no adults involved in the industry at all, THE ENTIRE BUSINESS WILL BE RUN BY CHILDREN, who`ll all be millionaires by the time they`re 11 or 12. being in denial about that is the equivalent of being in denial about electricity, the horseless carriage, the cinematograph, the telephone and powered flight 100 years ago at the beginning of the 20th century, all those idiots have long since fallen by the wayside, haven`t they ! ! !. Phantom, you dont want to be one of the deniers of the 21st century, do you ? ! ? !.

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  2. jervaise brooke hamsterMarch 19, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Phantom, did you girl-age to get that copy of "The Spy Who Caught A Cold" ? and if so, what did you think of the ass-tonishing Isabella Nightingale Marsh ?.

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  3. jervaise brooke hamsterMarch 21, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Phantom, the only other thing i seem to remember seeing the truly amazing Isabella Nightingale Marsh in was another appalling (obviously) British made short film from around the same period (the mid 90`s) called "Piccadilly Circus By Night", i was wondering if you could find a copy of that film somewhere and verify that it was the same girl, she looked stunning in that film too even though she kept her clothes on this time (unfortunately), i had so girl-y wanks about her in those days (and still do to this day), Isabella Nightingale Marsh really was the stuff of legend.

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  4. jervaise brooke hamsterMarch 25, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Phantom, you still haven`t responded with regards to your opinion of the incredible Isabella, why ?.

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  5. jbh -- I haven't seen the film, but Isabella looks like a lovely girl (I saw a still).

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  6. Phantom, "lovely" is right, back in `95 Isabella was truly ass-tounding but now shes 27 so the magic has long since disappeared.

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  7. Awesome blog. As an avid horror fan and author I must say that this is a real treat to read. Love the review of obscure cult classics!

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  8. Sessy -- Thanks so much for stopping by. Much apprecoated.

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  9. leave her alone. its her life what does it concern you. its her life and she took this path. i say good luck.

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