Monday, November 11, 2013

The Spider and the Fly by Earl Miller

Our next chronological Penthouse "love set" (as they called them) was their first, and arguably best, fantasy lesbian pictorial.  There are strong arguments that this classic shoot by Earl Miller is their best two girl set of the seventies.

It appeared in the October 1976 issue of Penthouse which is something of a classic issue itself, and was certainly the most visually explicit issue they had produced to date.  Pet of the Month Suzanne Saxon (on the cover) became the first Penthouse Pet to be photographed with her finger penetrating her vagina and classic British Page 3 model Joni Flynn had a series of bold, pussy caressing poses.  All are overshadowed by Earl Miller's masterpiece however.  

We are going to post the pictures in pretty much the order they appeared in the pictorial itself.  Sometimes we try to reorder the pictures into a chronological sequence that tells the story but we often find that the photographers don't stick to a sequential order, particularly where the presence of certain items of clothing is concerned.  This is certainly the case here where our fly is flitting around the dozing spider (or spider woman; the spider itself is a large stuffed model in the centre of the web).  Perhaps she is the spider's pet (or Pet).  Anyway at this point she is only wearing stockings not the spider web outfit she has on later.  Perhaps she dresses for dinner.

Anyway, our poor fly is soon caught up in the spider's web.  Having had a series of girl/girl pictorials depicting women in sylvan landscapes or, more latterly, boudoirs, this huge, fantastical set (designed, like the costumes, by Walter Prosper) is a major departure for the magazine.  We can't contemplate a men's magazine constructing anything like this today.

Here the spider approaches her trapped victim, now dressed in her fetching spider web outfit.

The spider had pulled the fly into the centre of her web and sets about munching on her pussy.  This was only the second explicit rug munching shot in the magazine, following the one in Mirror Image in December 1975.  Incidentally, the text explains the fly's lack of wings: the spider spun some more web around them and snapped them off.  Good to know they had people on the staff with such an eye for detail.

This is a nice kissing shot.  In the last few girl/girl pictorials preceding this one, Penthouse had actually pictured the models kissing (still unusual even in today's lesbian pictorials) unlike most of their rival publications which however much they got the girls to display their bodies they rarely got them to indulge in this level of intimacy.

Such an assertive anal display as the one by the fly in this picture was still very unusual in Penthouse.  One of the girls in 1876 from the July issue had flashed her anus but that was a solo picture.  The level of explicitness in "love sets" was always lagging behind what was being shown in solo pictorials for some reason.

In this shot the spider not only cups the fly's pussy but also has her fingertip on her anus: another first for Penthouse.  This pictorial was considered so racy in Britain that it became the first love set that the UK edition didn't publish at all and no doubt this shot had a lot to do with that.

Again, this faux cunnilingus shot was definitely at the bolder end of the spectrum as to what Penthouse had shown in their lesbian pictorials.

This  bottom kissing one was also unprecedented with the spider getting her face right between the fly's cheeks.  This is Penthouse's first example of implied analingus.

Some nice bust play follows although the fly has now lost her compound eyes!

Oh they're back again!  Not only do we get a nice nipple lick from the spider but she has her hand touching the fly's groin, which was still very rare for these types of pictorials.

A nice caressing shot with some tactile thigh straddling going on.

Next we have Penthouse's first ever "scissors" tribadism shot as the spider and the fly get their groins together.

The final shot of the pictorial is this fine close up of an elegant, pussy-caressing hand and some lovely labia.   At the time this fantastical production was almost unique (Penthouse had published a science fiction themed couples pictorial, 2076 (another Earl Miller shoot), the previous month) but gradually over the years Penthouse would have more and more fantasy and science fiction love sets and with the success of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind the following year this approach would grow.


Fortunately, there are a lot of outtakes from this pictorial so now we can go back to the beginning of the story with some extra and alternative photographs.  We start with the fly taunting the spider, getting trapped in the web and the approach of the spider.

Next we have some shots which weren't reflected in the pictorial as it appeared in the magazine; with the spider and the fly being a bit too friendly looking towards each other.  They are still dressed in their enticing little costumes, though.

Next we have a sequence which explains the fact that the fly is tied up at the wrists in one of the pictures in the magazine pictorial, as the spider traps and then contemplates her victim.

The spider starts to molest her bound prey, understandably. 

In the magazine pictorial there was a nice shot of the two girls kissing and here we have more of them caressing taken from that point in the shoot.  The fly doesn't appear to be too much of  a victim here: in fact she seems to be making all the running!

These lovely bust nuzzling shots don't have an equivalent in the main pictorial. 

Next we get a sequence showcasing the fly's delectably displayed rear end as she flashes that enticing arsehole.  

This sequence din't have an equivalent picture published in the Penthouse pictorial either as the fly goes down on the spider as she grabs her web in ecstasy.

In the magazine pictorial the next couple of shots have a kneeling spider kissing a standing fly so here are a couple of alternative views.

There was a close up version of this pose in the magazine.  This gives us a good view of the amazing set.

Here the spider indulges in some intimate groin kissing too, again, not shown in the original.

Another version of the nipple licking one with a slightly more assertively placed hand.

In this sequence the girls get down into their scissors position.

There is also some added foot licking by the spider.

Finally, more tribadism but this time the spider has her stockings back on again.

This is a wonderful pictorial but what was even better about it was that they made a film of it at the same time.  This reappeared in a movie called Naughty Network (1981) where they took a series of previously filmed short, unconnected erotic films and built a framework story around them about a TV station trying to come up with programmes for their new porn network.  In one of the framing scenes a character actually holds up the issue of Penthouse from which the pictorial came.

We then go into the film and discover that the two girls are called Tina Jordan and Lauren Hart, although which one is which is never made clear.  Agent Triple P hasn't been able to find out anything else about these two young ladies sadly.

The story is rather different from the pictorial in the magazine in that there is no initial scene of the fly fluttering over the sleeping spider; we go straight into her being trapped in the web.  The spider approaches up the web just as in the pictorials and then we cut to the fly waking up.

The fly discovers she has been tied up, screams and tries to get free but cannot. The spider stands over her and caresses her own groin and bust.  In the magazine pictorial there aren't really any close ups of the individual girls but in the film there are quite a few. 

The fly asks what the spider wants but she doesn't answer; just jumps astride her, slaps her and pushes her down.  Then of course she kisses her.  The fly asks why the spider doesn't talk and realises that she is mute.  The spider strokes the fly's body and uncovers her breasts.

The spider pushes the front of the fly's knickers up and starts to lick her pussy (or, at least, her pubic hair).

The girls kiss and undress each other.  The fly tells the spider that she didn't need to trap her if all she was looking for was love.

The fly pushes the spider onto her knees and starts to kiss her bottom.

It is at this point that the film becomes more explicit than either the magazine pictorial or the outtakes as the fly licks the spiders anus and then penetrates her vagina with her finger.  There is a a reasonable length sequence of over a minute of the fly licking and finger fucking the spider.

There are no still photographs of this position so it must have been something that was just done for the film, which we assume was directed by Earl Miller as well.

The scene shifts and the spider is now on her back with the fly parting her thighs before licking her very wet looking pussy.  There is more finger penetration here too.

The fly moves straight up from licking the spider's pussy to kissing her; no doubt giving her a musky taste of her own juices at the same time.

Next we have the scissors tribadism sequence with a close up of grinding pussies and some toe sucking by the fly.

The final sequence has the spider licking the fly's pussy although the sequence is less explicit than the earlier cunnilingus sequences, as the fly's pussy is never shown.  She does however buck her hips and writhe around most athletically, to the extent that the spider has to hold her down.

One of the Penthouse photographers when asked if the models in the couples sessions went further tin the sessions than the photographs in the magazine showed, denied it and said that they just shot pictures to the then acceptable print standard.  The film of this set does go much further than the pictorial, however, and is a rare, if not unique, filmed record of a seventies Penthouse love set.

A classic!


  1. What a lovely sequence! I wonder what happened to these two beautiful women.

  2. Thanks for this fabulous article. 37 years after I first saw it, the shot of the spider licking the fly's nipple is the most erotic picture I've ever seen. The 5 next most erotic photos are the two of the spider eating the fly, the spider performing anilingus on the fly and the fly showing her lovely anus and the spider fingering it. I wish there were more pictures of the two of them, together or apart. Awesome.

  3. I have to say that this was just a stunning and beautiful "love set". This is probably my favorite Penthouse pictorial. Thank you for presenting it.

  4. Excellent! Thank you.

  5. This was the first Penthouse Magazine I ever saw! I was a curious 7 year old boy who's friend had just found his Dad's Penthouse Magazine. I STILL to this day remember every detail I saw that day of the 'Spider and the Fly'.

  6. Unbelievably great! This is the kind of costumed role playing (and sometimes wrestling) they have over at Matrock adventures which is just so hot to me. Spider/Fly. Superman/Supergirl, etc.

  7. I remember finding this mag under my brothers bed. It was the first lesbian and fantasy spread I had ever seen. I've been looking for this for a long time. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  8. This is a prize-winning post - amazing that there was so much more to know about a pictorial that was published nearly FORTY years ago.

  9. So...NO one know the names of these girls, what became of them, or the juicy details of the shoot?

  10. Oh my god!! So thrilled and relieved if you will, about finding this, but moreso, discovering that I wasn't alone in my appreciation of this incredibly erotic, unique pictorial, and its groundbreaking depiction of lesbianism.

    I was 13 when this was published, but it was probably a year later when I discovered it. My friend Greg found a boys goldmine of men's magazines in the trash, and secreted it to this odd, impromptu clubhouse we had half-heartedly built in a drainage culvert over the fence behind our houses, beyond prying eyes & accessible to any of us at any time. As you can imagine, the addition of this treasure of 100+ mens mags was beyond our wildest dreams!

    I will NEVER forget my first viewing of this pictorial. I have always preferred girl/girl erotica, and saw my 1st lesbian pictures in the aforementioned mags, but nothing as 'explicit' (remmeber guys, this is the 70's!) as The Spider & the Fly!! I was literally mesmerised, and aroused? I vividly remember my erection was so intense, it literally felt as if the muscles of my Johnson were going to burst thru the skin!! LOL!! We had a steadfast rule no one could take a mag home for fear of discovery/closure of our little man cave, so I had to rely on memory later when 'taking care of business.' :) And the image that took me to the finish line everytime was the one of the girl with her face buried in the ass of the other, eating her out. I couln't WAIT to try the real thing! Something about a facefull of ass and mouthfull of pussy, yummy!!

    Thank you for this, and for refreshing my memory, poster. I am unimaginably grateful. Any chance you might be able to help me find my ultimate erotic pictoral from this era (and that same box of magazines!!) titled 'Heat Wave'? It featured two extremely tanned buxom beauties outdoors on a dock, covered in baby oil. God, the memory! Ain't no need for Viagra today!! :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Heat wave came from Penthouse's August 1979 issue and featured two Danish models Helle Kjaer and Janine Nielsen.

      I am presenting the Penthouse pictorials on here in chronological order and have only got a few more to post before I get to that one. so keep an eye open. I have lots of outtakes from that one too.

  11. The spider is British model Christie Burke. She appeared in the same M*ayfair magazine issue as the famous Linda Lusardi shoot