Forums > Off-Topic Discussion > Penthouse, Playboy, or Hustler?

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28133

Dearborn, Michigan, US

theda wrote:
Penthouse, because I read on the internets the other two magazines kick puppies.

Honestly, all three have had their strong and weak points.  Penthouse had a period of absolutely exceptional photo work. Playboy had a period of absolutely exceptional journalism.  Hustler's publisher has been instrumental in the advancement of freedom of speech.  But I haven't bother looking at any of them in years.

I also haven't read them in long time.

Oct 08 10 04:52 am Link

Model

Kelli

Posts: 24357

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I prefer Hustler cuz I've been in it twice, once a 3 page layout ( April 2007 ) and once a 6 page with my pic on the bottom cover in the Best of Hustler - April 2008 . They paid well, treated me well and it was nothing at all pornographic. It was a great experience!

Oct 08 10 06:28 am Link

Photographer

sospix

Posts: 21451

Orlando, Florida, US

Hustler  .  .  .  I'm jest a filthy pig  .  .  .  wink  Okay, okay, PB is a close second, I had something in the July issue (words, not pix)  .  .  .

SOS

Oct 08 10 07:29 am Link

Photographer

Marks Fine Art

Posts: 35979

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Kelli wrote:
I prefer Hustler cuz I've been in it twice

borat

Oct 08 10 07:30 am Link

Model

Kelli

Posts: 24357

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Marks Fine Art wrote:

borat

smile

Oct 08 10 07:49 am Link

Photographer

George Mickelson

Posts: 65

Chicago, Illinois, US

George Mickelson wrote:
So how many pages do you have in it?

Sabrina Maree wrote:
I'm Pet. I'm guessing a lot. And hopefully cover.

Congrats.

Oct 08 10 03:08 pm Link

Photographer

MacLeod Designs

Posts: 3309

Mooresville, North Carolina, US

in love with playboy!

Oct 08 10 03:09 pm Link

Photographer

Andialu

Posts: 14029

San Pedro, California, US

.

Oct 08 10 04:45 pm Link

Photographer

Andialu

Posts: 14029

San Pedro, California, US

D. None of the above.

They are all too airbrushed. Perfect 10 is way better.

Oct 08 10 04:48 pm Link

Photographer

Fizzi Fotografy

Posts: 66

Long Beach, California, US

Alisyn Carliene wrote:

wow.. didn't know that.

See, it's not disgusting.  it's just a good family publication.

Oct 29 10 03:10 am Link

Photographer

Fizzi Fotografy

Posts: 66

Long Beach, California, US

I prefer penthouse for how it's shot

Oct 29 10 03:19 am Link

Photographer

Mark Reese Photography

Posts: 21622

Brandon, Florida, US

Midwest Expressions wrote:
Playboy, more of a classy style!

Yep, this sums it up

Oct 29 10 03:27 am Link

Photographer

zaxpix

Posts: 1988

New Brunswick, New Jersey, US

Hustler.

Reasons: Larry never tried to be politically correct.

              Dwaine B. Tinsley {RIP}

Z.

Oct 29 10 04:11 am Link

Photographer

Legacys 7

Posts: 33863

San Francisco, California, US

None. Players Magazine. Diversibooty.

Oct 29 10 07:31 am Link

Photographer

Legacys 7

Posts: 33863

San Francisco, California, US

Merlinpix wrote:
Depends on who's doing what to whom and why.

I don't buy any of them; unless a model I  know is in them, or there's an article I must have.

This.^ OR, the model on the cover(s) just grabbed my attention and I just gotta have that magazine. Otherwise, I don't look at them. Haven't picked up an adult magazine in years.

Oct 29 10 07:41 am Link

Photographer

Legacys 7

Posts: 33863

San Francisco, California, US

v  a  r  i  a  n  t wrote:

By the way, you're thinking of Penthouse magazine and their spread of Traci Lords when she was only 15.  As she posed alone, I'm not really sure how that is molestation. 

Also, she was a fairly well known porn-star widely though to be above 18 years old for a long time before and after she posed for Penthouse, so it's not like Bob Guiccione went out of his way to cause 'child molestation to become so wide spread'.

I remember that issue. Also, people must remember, she lied about her age which lead to that chaos. It wasn't like Penthouse or the mainstream adult industry at that time were looking for minors. She lied.

Oct 29 10 07:44 am Link

Photographer

Legacys 7

Posts: 33863

San Francisco, California, US

Damon Strong wrote:
None of them are relevant anymore.

Pretty much. Interesting that this topic came up. ABC Nightline last night did a report on a guy that has a magazine called Jacques Magazine. He created that magazine for the purpose of going back to the years when natural ruled. Pubic hair etc was one of the examples that he mentioned you don't see in magazines anymore. Photoshop etc. He strictly shoots his models with film. He uses an old Canon A1 film body. From what I've seen so far, it looks good and looks like the early 80's and back before the Playboy airbrush pictures 80's.

Oct 29 10 07:50 am Link

Photographer

Kincaid Blackwood

Posts: 23429

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Those magazines/companies aren't leading the country anywhere.  On the contrary, it can be said with confidence that at this point, each is doing what it can to discern the direction that it's viewers (it would be more than somewhat incorrect to refer to us as "readers" of those magazines; I don't even read the pictorial titles…) are going.  The country is leading them at this point.

Also, as it relates to class… or so-called "class" rather… I mean, heaven forbid a woman should actually relish being viewed objectively, right?  Heaven forbid that a woman should own her sexuality and enjoy a more carnal exposure of self, right?  I suppose that allowing her anus to be depicted in a sexual manner means that she categorically lacks class, right?

When I was in college, I used to collect Playboy.  I did so for many years because it was Playboy.  I approached it from the prevailing view that collectibles have some sort of value in the long term like stamps.  But personally, "things" or "stuff" have no value to me aside from application.  As such, Playboy didn't have the articles or provide the fashion assistance that GQ or Esquire did.  Wasn't on top of current events the way Newsweek etc was (or, more recently, any of the news sites which are up to the second).  It didn't have the health/exercise expertise of Men's Health.

All it had was pretty pictures and ones that really didn't do it for me.  So I stopped buying them.  I still have about 80 or so collecting dust.  I stumbled into a subscription to Penthouse five years ago right at the beginning of their overhaul.  I hated it for a couple of years but it's content has improved.  5 years ago it was far too tame for my tastes; just Playboy with a different name.  I like that the visual aspects of the photography is no longer predictable from magazine to magazine.

Hustler?  It's like Penthouse was back when I was in college in the latter half of the '90s.  When there's… ah… "business to attend to" Hustler is the magazine.  But in this day and age of free, unlimited content on the web, I'd never buy the magazine.  Were it not for the subscription that continues to be sent to me (it should have ended long ago, they just keep sending them), I wouldn't pick up Penthouse either for the same reasons.  If I had to purchase one of the three, it would likely be Penthouse.  I doubt I'll ever buy another Playboy unless someone I know is in it (which has happened off and on over the last 3 years or so)…

Oct 29 10 08:05 am Link

Photographer

Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10548

Glendora, California, US

I'll flip through whatever you hand me, but, I won't buy any.

Oct 29 10 10:14 am Link

Photographer

Ray Cornett

Posts: 9203

Sacramento, California, US

I think it is interesting to see people say Playboy is still classy.They are close to Penthouse now.

Oct 29 10 11:04 am Link

Photographer

Arthur Chappell

Posts: 219

Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Playboy has some degree of class and many famous authors have written for it, as there are lots of non-erotica features too - authors have included Stephen King & Kurt Vonnegut

Oct 29 10 11:16 am Link

Model

VidaX

Posts: 602

Atlanta, Georgia, US

None.

Oct 29 10 12:12 pm Link

Photographer

photographybyStavros

Posts: 5401

Bainbridge Island, Washington, US

Given that Playboy no longer really has that "Girl next door" appeal. At least last time I looked.
And that a good many women in all three magazines,and others, seem to think implants will get them in any door. I'll take the classic playmate. But there are some playmates that haven't ruined themselves. And I am sure there are plenty of women from Hustler and Penthouse that don't go the implant route.  As for the over all magazine itself.  Hustler just raw hardcore sex.

Penthouse is pretty close to Hustler.

While Playboy doesn't go either route and just has the big fake breasts .

I guess if I had to pick one magazine, or type of girl from  a magazine. I couldn't.

Oct 29 10 12:36 pm Link

Photographer

WIP

Posts: 15597

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Sabrina Maree wrote:

big_smile

And compare this month's Pet Nina James to this month's Playmate Claire Sinclair... I CANNOT believe they made her Playmate.

OMG Claire Sinclair is gorgeous. Absolutley perfect. Nina James another babe.

Oct 29 10 12:58 pm Link

Photographer

Fine Art Images Photos

Posts: 16

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Playboy!!!! definitely

Oct 29 10 01:49 pm Link

Photographer

Clarence Zimmerman

Posts: 4048

Orlando, Florida, US

NRGP wrote:
I did a bit of research on Kensey and hustler was mentioned. That is the only way I knew. haha Kensey also worked with a nazi during his research and his book on Sexual Behavior in the Human Male is statistically the fourth most harmful book to humanity it is under Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, and Quotations from Chairman Mao(just a little side note. Sorry haha.

It's KINSEY! jebus cripes, get your facts straight!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Kinsey

Can't let it slip by twice. Your fired...

Oct 29 10 01:54 pm Link

guide forum

Photographer

Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21414

New York, New York, US

Sabrina Maree wrote:
big_smile

And compare this month's Pet Nina James to this month's Playmate Claire Sinclair... I CANNOT believe they made her Playmate.

c_h_r_i_s wrote:
OMG Claire Sinclair is gorgeous. Absolutley perfect. Nina James another babe.

I don't see the appeal of Claire Sinclair at all....  Nina is attractive.

Oct 29 10 01:56 pm Link

Photographer

Fotographia Fantastique

Posts: 17327

Lebanon, New Hampshire, US

I have not bothered to pick up any of these magazines in many, many years - so you have to deal with my "when I was a kid" review:

I first saw all of these magazines when I was a boy.
And it all depended on the issue, years and photographers.

Playboy seemed very polished to me - it was always the thickest yet seemed to have the least content - both pictorials and otherwise. I still feel this way today. The exception always seemed to be the December issue - as if they saved all their best material and Playmates all year long for that one month. Don't know why - wonder if others feel/felt this way too?

I liked Penthouse the best. It had a wider variety of 'types' than Playboy - which always seemed to be the same blonde woman with a different hairstyle. It was the magazine that introduced me to the photography of Suze Randall whose work I instantly loved, and still do to this day. But it often had photographers whose work I hated too like Guccione's own work which seemed like he had about 3 diffusion filters on his lens at all times:
http://www.zinegirls.com/images/penthousenov77.jpg
There was actually more photos in Penthouse than in Playboy, and sometimes there were even articles, fiction and comics I actually bothered to read.

Hustler was hit or miss for me. Even as a very young person (not going to tell you how young, but will say very young) I was drawn to fetish stuff, and Hustler was the only magazine that seemed to cater to them. It had by far the widest range of model types, and it sometimes even had things like models who were *gasp* shaved down there(!) which was a real rarity at the time. On the other hand it had a lot of bad photography sometimes - you just didn't know what you were going to get - it could be incredible, it could be awful.

I also remember Oui Magazine, but since nobody asked, I'll omit comment on it.

Those are my memories anyway.

Oct 29 10 02:10 pm Link

Photographer

WIP

Posts: 15597

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Paramour Productions wrote:

Sabrina Maree wrote:
big_smile

And compare this month's Pet Nina James to this month's Playmate Claire Sinclair... I CANNOT believe they made her Playmate.

I don't see the appeal of Claire Sinclair at all....  Nina is attractive.

I wouldn't throw her out of bed.

Oct 29 10 02:41 pm Link

Photographer

Gibson Photo Art

Posts: 7990

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Playboy sucks and has for years. It's the same formula over and over. The obvious processing that hurts my eyes to look at. I couldn't get wound up looking at a PB at all. That's so high school in my mind.

Hustler? It was just classless. I never could get into that mag at all.

Now Penthouse was my pick. They were creative and edgy with their shoots, and I really enjoyed to forums. I didn't care if it was made up. I learned a lot looking through those pages and reading the the articles. I still have my collection from the mid 80s through the early 90s.

Oct 29 10 04:46 pm Link

Photographer

Cosplay Creatives

Posts: 10714

Syowa - permanent station of Japan, Sector claimed by Norway, Antarctica

None, I have the internet for porn big_smile

Oct 29 10 04:48 pm Link

Model

Sabrina Maree

Posts: 9488

West Hollywood, California, US

Penthouse!!!

big_smile

I though I'd reiterate since I just saw my issue and it KICKS ass... 12 pages of gloriousness.

big_smile

Oct 29 10 04:49 pm Link

Photographer

Blue Cube Imaging

Posts: 11329

Ashland, Oregon, US

Sabrina Maree wrote:
Penthouse!!!

big_smile

I though I'd reiterate since I just saw my issue and it KICKS ass... 12 pages of gloriousness.

big_smile

Uhh huh, when does it come out?

I think with enough MM support you can have a sell out issue making the powers that be invite you back again and again.

Oct 29 10 04:51 pm Link

Model

Sabrina Maree

Posts: 9488

West Hollywood, California, US

Blue Cube Imaging wrote:

Uhh huh, when does it come out?

I think with enough MM support you can have a sell out issue making the powers that be invite you back again and again.

In a few days... December issue... so between the 1st and the 9th it'll hit most shelves.

Oct 29 10 04:54 pm Link

Photographer

New Kidd Imagery

Posts: 1909

South Salt Lake, Utah, US

Naked... Naked.. Naked..

I like 'em all.

Oct 29 10 05:44 pm Link

Photographer

WIP

Posts: 15597

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

I'm going to wait for the 'Special December issue' scratch and sniff.

Oct 29 10 06:44 pm Link

Photographer

Jirrupin

Posts: 1743

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

haven't seen any of them lately, but always preferred Playboy in the past, just because it was more subtle, wide spreads views of the pink bits in hustler seemed more like a gynocology textbook and penthouse wasn't much better. Since everything became clean shaven downstairs  (90s?) none of them really interest me.

Oct 29 10 07:38 pm Link

Photographer

Jeffrey Engel

Posts: 22327

Waltham, Massachusetts, US

SWANK. Nothing like puttin on the bathrobe and cowboy hat, donning some shades, walking down to the corner convenience store and picking up a SWANK and a cigar. Yes sir.

Oct 29 10 07:53 pm Link

Model

Sabrina Maree

Posts: 9488

West Hollywood, California, US

Jeffrey Engel wrote:
SWANK. Nothing like puttin on the bathrobe and cowboy hat, donning some shades, walking down to the corner convenience store and picking up a SWANK and a cigar. Yes sir.

I was on the cover & centerfold of that in August too smile

Oct 29 10 08:02 pm Link

Photographer

Jeffrey Engel

Posts: 22327

Waltham, Massachusetts, US

Sabrina Maree wrote:

I was on the cover & centerfold of that in August too smile

ORLY??

big_smile

Oct 30 10 08:38 am Link