Cinema Close-Up - v1 #3 1969

SEXPLOITATION FILM SLICKS 1963–1973

  This genre of mags––the underground adult sexploitation film slicks––acted as the trade magazines for the sexploitation film industry. They were something I had no idea existed until I stumbled upon some on eBay in 1999. At first I thought there were probably only a few titles, and I became increasingly surprised each time I discovered a new title. Now, over five years later, I’m still finding new titles, and there seems to be no end in sight. I never really thought about it, but had always figured that the sex film mags had started in the early ‘70s after the popularization of hardcore porn with Deep Throat et al––that was obviously not the case!
  I had seen a few of these softcore sexploitation flicks right at the very end of their era in the early ‘70s when I was 17 or so, but don’t remember anything about them other than it was the first time I had seen full nudity on the screen with simulated sex.
  There were a few of these mags coming out as early as 1963 from various adult slick publishers such as Bonanza Publishing, Selbee Associates, Publisher’s Export Company (PEC) and Sari Publishing, but for the most part they focused on foreign films, racy B-movies, and art house flicks. The sexploitation genre of mags didn’t really get swinging until the explosion of sexploitation movies hit the screens in the mid-sixties.
  In 1965 Marv Lincoln started to package mags for Golden State News (GSN) as New Link Publications which published Wildest Films v1 #1 and the deluge started as other New Link mags soon followed with the titles Torrid Film Reviews, Daring Films & Books, Cine Femmes, and Fiery Films which all appeared in 1966. Lincoln says that the New Link name was a combo of the last name of his photographer partner at the time, Bill New, and an abbreviated version of his last name, Link.
  These titles kept the GSN logo––early on a bucking bronco with rider and later simply the letters GSN––on the covers throughout all the subsequent changes of publishers listed below, starting with the change in 1967 to Spectrum Publications, another packager/publisher outfit run by Marv Lincoln, who also added the title Cinema Scorchers to their growing line-up of sexploitation mags.
  The next publisher to take over these titles was Orbit Publications in 1968 and Cinema Keyhole, Cinerotic, and Adult Movies Illustrated were added to the sexploitation titles.
  The last, and probably the most prolific, of the publishers to take over these titles was Classic Publications which seems to have started in late 1968 to take over the sexploitation titles from all the previous GSN distributed publishers. By that time the titles Cinema Close-Up, Wild Screen Reviews and The Erotic Cinema had also been added to their stable of sexploitation mags.
  So, with the publishers listed above and others like Health Knowledge, Acme, Pendulum, Dominion, Press Arts, and Seven Seventy who all had their own sexploitation mags, many of these offbeat movies got a lot of coverage. There were also one-shots by some of these publishers as well as the more obscure companies putting out titles like Cinemacuties, “Savage” Screen, Underground Movies, Sex Scenes, and so on.
  Adam magazine started their Adam Film Quarterly in 1966 which changed to Adam Film World around 1970 and went monthly with it. Adam Film World has chronicled the ever growing adult movie/video/DVD scene to the present.
  Certain sexploitation films apparently warranted their own magazines such as The Ribald Tales of Robin Hood, The Lustful Turk, The Head Mistress, The Initiation, Marquesa De Sade, Mondo Freudo, etc. And the film Love Camp 7 had “Special Issues” of mags like Torrid Film Reviews and Cinema Close-Up devoted to it, while stills from it were used on some men's adventure mags.
  By 1971 newsstand mags and special issues of girlie mags started to cover the new X-rated flicks and the sexploitation slicks died soon thereafter. New titles like Cinema-X and Movie X could be found on the newsstands. Many stills from the sexploitation films had been used in certain sex tabloids in the late sixties and early seventies. Namely Candid Press in particular used lots of stills in either reviews of the movies themselves or in their multitudes of articles on lesbianism, homosexuality, sadism/masochism, etc. Stills from some of the sexploitation flicks also ended up on the covers of, and inside, various detective mags in the early seventies.
  By 1973 hardcore porn had become chic and could be seen in most any big city. Both men and women, usually together, went to see the breakthrough porn films Deep Throat and Behind The Green Door and while it was at once shocking to some, arousing to others––and funny––to see genitals and sexual activity on the big screen for the first time. It was a cheap thrill at the time and something to do back then if you wanted to consider yourself hip.
  There are some gems listed here, some for their coverage of obscure films that have recently gained in retro-interest and others just for the fact that they were published at the time that these films hit the grindhouses across the country, which is reflected in the lingo of the text and blurbs, as well as the clip-art. Nowadays with so much of the labor of producing magazines being done on the computer, it’s refreshing to see these “hands on” produced mags.









Candid Press - v9 #23 Dec. 7, 1969 - This tabloid title from Chicago had articles on sexploitation flicks in almost every issue in the late sixties and even spawned a sister title called The Exploiter.

Art Films Review - v2 #1 Apr/May/June 1967

Art Films Review - v1 #4 Jan/Feb/Mar. 1968

Art Films Review - v1 #2 Oct/Nov/Dec. 1967

Adult Movies Illustrated - v4 #3 1969

Adult Movies Illustrated - v3 #2 1969

Adult Movies Illustrated - v1 #2 Jan/Feb/Mar. 1968

Adult Movies Illustrated - v4 #5 1971

Adult Art Films - v1 #1 July 1963

Adam Film Quarterly #5 July 1968

Banned #1 1963

Banned - v1 #1 July 1965

Banned - v1 #2 1964

Barred - v1 #2 1965

Barred - v1 #4 1966

Bizarre Films #1 Aug. 1968

Bizarre Films #5 July 1969

Banned - v1 #6 1966

Banned - v1 #9 no date, circa 1968

Cinema Scorchers - v2 #5 1970

"Cinema Sizzlers" - v1 #2 Sept. 1966

"Cinema Sizzlers" - v1 #3 Dec. 1966 with Edy Williams cover.

Cinerotic - v1 #6 1970

Cinerotic - v3 #3 1969

Contact Films - v1 #1 1970

Cropped Crotches - v4 #4 1975 with Linda Lovelace on the cover.

Cinema Keyhole -v3 #2 1970

Cinema Scorchers - v1 #2 1968

Cinema Scorchers - v1 #3 1969

Celluloid Capers - v1 #3 Dec. 1968

Cinema Close-Up - v1 #2 1969

Cinema Close-Up - v1 #5 1970

Celluloid Capers #5 May 1969

Cinema Keyhole - v1 #3 1969

Cinema Keyhole - v2 #4 1970 with Uschi on top on the cover.

Daring Films & Books - v1 #2 Mar/Apr. 1966

Daring Films & Books - v1 #4 July/Aug. 1966

Daring Films - v3 #4 1968

Daring Films - v3 #5 1969

Daring Films - v4 #3 1969

Daring Films - v4 #4 1969

Daring Films - v4 #5 1969

The Making of the Marquesa De Sade - v1 #1 Nov/Dec. 1969 - Jan. 1970

The Star of Deep Throat - 1973

Dynamic Films - v2 #3 1968

Eroscreen - v1 #1 Oct/Nov/Dec. 1969

Erotic Film Reviews - v1 #3 Nov. 1968

Exotic Cinema - v1 #2 Oct. 1966

Exotic Cinema - Annual v1 #4 March 1967

Exotic Cinema - v2 #1 Oct. 1967

 

Daring Films

Fiery Films - v1 #2 Feb/Mar/Apr. 1967

Fiery Films - v2 #3 1968

Fiery Films - v3 #4 1969

Film Inferno - v1 #4 1970

Films of the Erotic Cinema - v1 #1 no date, with Lynn Harris on the cover.

Flick - v1 #2 Feb. 1970

Flicks #2 July/Aug/Sept. 1966

Hollywood Sex Queens - v1 #1 Oct. 1966

Hot Flicks #3 Dec. 1969

Movies International - v1 #3 July/Aug/Sept. 1966

Mod Cinema #2 Winter 1969

Mod Cinema - v1 #1 Summer 1968

Mondo Freudo - Special Edition 1966

Movie X - Summer 1971

Movie X - Spring 1971

Movies International - v1 #6 The Actress Special Edition Nov. 1968

Movies International - v1 #1 Sept. 1965

Naked Films #4 Dec/Jan. 1968 with Kathy Williams on the cover.

Raw! - #2 1964

Raw Flix #7 Spring 1970

Sensuous Sinema - #2 (v1 #1 inside) 1969

Shocker - v1 #4 no date

Shocking Screen - v1 #4 April 1969

Shocking Screen #5 June 1969

Sin-ema Around the World - v1 #4 Fall 1966

Sin-ema Around the World - v1 #6 Summer 1967

Sin-ema Around the World - v1 #7 Fall 1967

Sin Sinema - v1 #1 no date

The Erotic Cinema - v1 #6 1970

The Erotic Cinema - v1 #2 1969

The Erotic Cinema - v1 #5 1970

The Reel Thing - v3 Sept/Oct. 1972

Torrid Film Reviews - v1 #3 Apr/May/June 1968

Torrid Film Reviews - v1 #4 Apr/May/June 1967

Torrid Film Reviews - v2 #3 1968

Torrid Film Reviews - v2 #4 1968

Torrid Film Reviews - v2 #1 Jan/Feb/Mar. 1968

Torrid Film Reviews - v3 #3 1969

Torrid Film Reviews - v3 #4 1969

Torrid Film Reviews - v3 #5 1969

Untamed Cinema - v1 #1 Summer 1968

Wild Screen Reviews - v1 #4 1969

Wild Screen Reviews - v1 #6 1970

Wild Screen Reviews - v1 #5 1970

Wildest Films - v1 #5 Oct/Nov/Dec. 1966

Wildest Films - v2 #4 Jan/Feb/Mar. 1968

Wildest Films - v2 #1 Apr/May/June 1967

Wildest Films -v3 #4 1969

Wildest Films - v4 #2 1969

Wildest Films - v5 #1 1970

Wildest Films - v5 #3 1971

X Rated Films - v1 #3 May/June/July 1970

Fiery Films - v4 #3 1971

Adam Film World - v4 #2 Aug. 1972

Night and Day - v26 #7 July 1976

Cinema 'X' and Theatre Annual - 1971

Cinema Scorchers - v1 #5 1968

Movies International - v1 #4 July 1967

The Reel Thing - v1 #1 1970

Cine Femmes - v1 #2 1966

Night and Day - #71 Oct. 1969
     

 

Torrid Film Reviews

Skin Film - v1 #1 1970

X Films - #11 July 1969

Wild Screen Reviews - v1 #1 1969

Many thanks to Marv Lincoln for much needed info on his publishing career with Golden State News.

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