Death: It’s the ultimate turn-off, right? Nothing sexy about the prospect of an eternal dirt nap, is there?
Well, now, hold on a second—perhaps this topic deserves further examination before rendering judgment. Exhibit A: “The Naked…and the Dead,” an especially charged pictorial from the February ’78 HUSTLER.
By the time “The Naked…and the Dead” was published, “women in prison” films had already established a connection between incarceration and titillation, but not with the jarring bluntness delivered here. The cover of the issue—a Valentine’s Day-themed offering that presented a naked blonde drawing her bow, Cupid-style—was in stark contrast to what was to come, though it did alert readers that the issue’s contents included “HUSTLER’s Most Shocking Pictorial.”