For those of you who have read my books or my biography, you probably know about my illustration history. But for those of you who haven't, I got my illustration career started by drawing cartoons for men's magazines.
I started with Screw and worked my way up through Knave, Adelina, Hustler, Penthouse Letters and Penthouse Forum, and finally Playboy and Penthouse. Of course, once I moved into making films, I ended my career as a porn cartoonist.
Recently I was asked by Penthouse magazine to direct a nude photo spread called "Pop Shots", where they invite well-known artistic celebrities to create a sexy section in the magazine. The other contributors are famous tattoo artists, musicians, actors, etc.
Since I've created many sexy stories for my cartoons, I used the scenario of a woman who goes on a date to a drive-in cinema, and gleefully takes on numerous men, including actors from the movie - only instead of real male porn actors, I used some of my own cartoon characters, who would appear to be having sex with a live female model.
They asked me to supervise the shoot in L.A. on their large film studio (they also shoot films in these facilities). So I made my selection from a group of local L.A. models. I wanted a "va-va-voom" type actress, like a Jayne Mansfield or Jessica Rabbit type, however, the ones they initially showed me weren't exaggerated enough.
My first pick couldn't do it because she got married and found religion - too bad, because she had enormous breasts. So I went with my second choice, who was blonde and looked great!
I flew out there in late August, and met the model. A couple of problems popped up, she looked a lot older than the photos I'd seen, also she had more tattoos than I remembered from the photos. I became very nervous, plus it was taking hours for her to get ready. Damn, was this whole project a big mistake? Had it become a failed wet dream?
After the first few shots, I saw how perfect she was, and my fears happily disappeared. The shoot was a big success and a great learning experience for me. In fact, this was one of my boyhood fantasies come true.
I've just received the finished shots, and now I have to fill in the cartoon drawings for this "backseat fuck fest". It should appear in the December issue of Penthouse - so check your local newstand in a month or two.
The editors wanted to try something different for the magazine to attract younger readers - and I think my photo spread is definitely very different. If you like it, be sure to let the editors of Penthouse know - then I may do a sequel!