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The history of Color Climax Magazines

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The Late 19th Century:

Over 120 years ago some enterprising frenchmen sold postcards in Paris; these cards showed naked women in daring poses and were an instant and lasting success; this was the start of modern pornography.

The 1920s:

By the "Roaring 20s" photographs became more explicit and although highly illegal throughout the developed world the demand was very high.

 

Copenhagen, Denmark 1966:

Another instant and lasting success started nearly 50 years ago, when Color Climax Corporation opened for business in September 1966 from a secondhand bookshop in the centre of Copenhagen.

The Thenders shop in Copenhagen in 1969

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The story of Color Climax began in humble circumstances, selling sexually explicit material from "under the counter", using secret printers and playing cat and mouse games with the police. Public acceptability of pornography in 1960s Denmark was growing and liberalisation was sweeping through the country. The two founding brothers of Color Climax Corporation, Jens and Peter Theander both in their mid twenties astutely realised that hardcore pornography was not only highly desirable but would soon be accepted by their people. In 1969 their wish became a reality when a reform of the Danish pornography laws was sanctioned in parliament, effectively banning any form of censorship by government.

Rodox Trading (CCC) early 70s HQ - Shoots, Printing and Distribution all happened here.

Jens and Peter Theander were able to come out in the open with their new legal business. They soon improved the production quality of their 32 page black and white magazines with a single coloured cover to full color magazines. In 1976 they moved to a new larger format that became known in the industry as the "one handed" magazine.

The magazines Color Climax issued before 1968 were primitive efforts in black and white with a single coloured outside cover. By 1969 full colour magazines were in production but still with only 32 pages. Despite these primitive aspects the magazines sold like hot cakes. The early magazines were given a unique name and were numbered according to their date of production, titles like "Bottle Game", "Crescendo", "3 Virgins and 2 Boys", "Hash Party", "Hot Cunts", "Birthday Sex", "Black Lesbian" and scores more. The first issue of "Anal Sex" is numbered 37 (CCCs 37th production) and "Anal Sex 2" is numbered 61, of course "Anal Sex" became a regular title and completed more than 100 issues.

In the early days, considering the problems the illegal business was facing it was a miracle that anything got printed. Jens, Peter and their small team were constantly ducking and diving in an effort to avoid the long arm of the law. The guys printed late at night and had a very small shooting budget. The photo-sessions themselves were a hit and miss affair, with sets built into a corner of a room with a bed or box mattress covered with a bed spread. Decor usually consisted of posters of the Beatles and other icons of the flower power era.

One area where the brothers had no problem was getting hold of models to take part in the photo shoots. In fact they were almost besieged by queues of people who were only too willing to fuck in front of the camera. A sexual revolution was happening at the time and group sex was a popular activity for many. Groups of 6-8 at a time were common, the magazine "Bottle Game" features a group of girls and boys playing spin the bottle and enjoying the ensuing orgy; the record number starring in one orgy was 17 sex hungry young adults.

Color Climax were determined not to sit on their laurels, whilst other companies issued poor quality porn magazines, Color Climax upped their game producing larger format, high quality porn mags with well produced photographs. By 1975 the game was on, large format had arrived and within a year all Color Climax magazines were King-Size versions.

Technologically Color Climax was the market leader with a brand name that was synonymous with the word "pornography". Always in touch with their reader's requirements, it was these reader's letters that were opened by the Theander brothers in Copenhagen in the mid 1970s which led them to reach further into the taboos of hardcore pornography. Requests would arrive for specific sexual themes such as shaven cunts, anal sex, pissing and fisting. New porn magazines were born from these requests, "New Cunts", "Anal Sex", "Bizarre Sex" joined hand in hand with the original "Color Climax" title. There was a huge wave that carried the Theanders to test new taboos and porn magazines which even today would shock and disgust were produced; shitting scenes featured in a few of the Bizarre Sex magazines but worse was to come and then much worse still.

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The Darker Side:

Bodil Joensen was a farmer's daughter from a village outside Copenhagen. Bodil featured in sex magazines and porn loops having sex with the animals on her farm. She was filmed and photographed with her pet dog, a boar and a horse, Bodil would perform gross acts with the animals including sucking and fucking them. The sex magazine was called "Animal Sex" and there were some other one off titles too. One of the worst scenes is of a man at her farm penetrating a chicken which is thrown to the ground bleeding after the attack. You may now think that the most depraved humans were satisfied, as all taboos were covered by Color Climax and legally on sale in Denmark and other European countries that had relaxed their censorship laws. But as we said much worse was to come.

The 1969 changes in the Danish Law regarding pornography allowed the distribution of any material however abhorrent it might be. In addition to animal sex, Color Climax produced vile films depicting rape, abuse and punishment; tiles included "Beaten and Buggered", "Abducted Teenager", "Debased Dolly", "Rape", "Raped and Abused", "Torture Chamber", "Shithouse Peeper", and many more questionable titles.

What is now considered the most evil form of pornography that depicting minors, was openly and legally available for 11 years in Denmark until the 1980 Danish Criminal code prohibited underage porn. During the early and mid 1970s Color Climax was responsible for the relatively large scale distribution of underage pornography. It must be emphasised that although under Danish Law Color Climax were acting legally in the distribution of this material, there was not a wide-spread acceptance of this material by the Danish people. During this period Color Climax produced a small number of different magazines and a few 8mm films featuring children aged between 5 and 12.

In the excellent 1988 book "Porn Gold" by David Hebditch and Nick Anning, Rupert James of Rodox Trading (CCC) said, "Why did we stop distributing this material? Well, we didn't like the nature of the material which was coming in. 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 hard time as we are down in their files as producers of underage porn. They don't listen when we say that all stopped a long time ago, they don't care.

The 80s and 90s:

With the 70s behind them the infant pornographer was coming of age, it was growing up and developing into a more mainstream pornographic business. The horrors of the 70s vile porn era were becoming a distant memory and Color Climax concentrated on what 99% of its customers required - mainstream hardcore quality pornography and lots of it. Sex Bizarre magazine was still being produced but the shitting scenes had gone and it became a great fisting and pissing magazine.

The advent of the VHS video tape enabled Color Climax to republish its 1970s back catalogue of 8mm film loops. The world was fast becoming their oyster as most of the western world was pornography tolerant and the market place was huge and largely untapped. The riches followed and Color Climax Corporation moved into new large premises in Copenhagen.

Color Climax Corporation / Rodox Trading HQ in Copenhagen from the 1980s

The Final Years:

Throughout the 1990s Color Climax were losing ground and competition was fierce particularly in the porn movie business. Color Climax didn't embrace video pornography by producing new innovative full length porn movies. The short film loop was their tried and trusted area of expertise but the public were hungry for feature length porn movies and Color Climax failed to oblige. The porn mags still had some life left in them but circulation was on a fatal downturn and by 2001 Color Climax sold out to Silwa of Germany. Silwa kept the brand alive for ten years before producing the final Color Climax branded title in February 2011.

The former Color Climax Corporation / Rodox Trading HQ in Copenhagen as it is today

Magazines

  • Color Climax Mags from late 60s to early 70s
  • Color Climax
  • Anal Sex
  • Blue Climax
  • Exciting
  • Cover Girls
  • Busty Girls
  • Sexy Girls
  • New Cunts
  • Mega Climax
  • Rodox Special
  • Sex Bizarre
  • Sensation
  • Sexorama
  • Sexual Fantasy
  • Sex Orgies
  • Sex Orgies in Color
  • Bestsellers
  • Prestige
  • Erotic Gold
  • Porno Club
  • Sexual Variations
  • Porno 69
  • Calvacade
  • Sex Inspiration
  • Erotic Desire
  • Porno Club
  • Pussycat
  • Darling
  • Teenage Sex
  • Teenage Schoolgirls
  • Teenage Dreamgirls
  • Danish Hard-Core
  • Lesbian Love
  • Busty Lesbians
  • Hot Lesbians
  • Lesbian Action
  • Lesbian Desire
  • Lesbian Lesson
  • Lesbian Orgy
  • Lesbo Love
  • Lesbian Schoolgirls
  • Homo Action
  • Homo Climax
  • Homo Special
  • Transexual Lovers
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