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''New Janus'' No.7 was the last issue edited by Marks before he left to launch his own spanking magazine ''[[Kane]]'' in 1982. ‘That magazine is me,’ he said. ‘I control everything that goes in and it’s got my name on it – bang across the cover’. Asked if he was into spanking himself, he replied: ‘No. I’m not and I never have been’. He claimed that this was really an advantage, as it stopped him filling the magazine with his personal fantasies. ‘But I have studied the subject and the readership,’ he added, ‘and I know what people want’.
 
The launch of ''Kane'' coincided with the rapid expansion of the home video market. In 1984 he shot his first Kane video, ''The Cane and Mr. Abel'', starring celebrity model Linzi Drew.
The launch of ''Kane'' coincided with the rapid expansion of the home video market. Marks, having found his new niche, became the best-known maker of [[spanking videos]] in Britain, releasing a new title under the Kane brand every month or two in the late 1980s and early 1990s. With his background in comedy and mainstream erotica, he steered British spanking cinema away from the more austerely punitive approaches favoured by [[Roué]] and [[Blushes]] in the early years of the video era. It is nevertheless extraordinary that he avoided prosecution under the Video Recordings Act 1984, which made it illegal to sell films that were not certified by the British Board of Film Classification.
 
Another three videos followed, but financing the production costs continued to be a problem. Towards the end of 1985, Marks formed a partnership with a professional cinematographer he had worked with in the sixties and together they formed Kane International which would go on to produce all future Kane CP videos.
 
The launch of ''Kane'' coincided with the rapid expansion of the home video market. Marks, having found his new niche, became the best-known maker of [[spanking videos]] in Britain, releasing a new title under the Kane International brand every month or two in the late 1980s and early 1990s. With his background in comedy and mainstream erotica, he steered British spanking cinema away from the more austerely punitive approaches favoured by [[Roué]] and [[Blushes]] in the early years of the video era. It is nevertheless extraordinary that he avoided prosecution under the Video Recordings Act 1984, which made it illegal to sell films that were not certified by the British Board of Film Classification.
 
A short, rotund man with a moustache, spectacles, and swept-back grey hair, Marks sometimes appeared in his spanking films, usually as himself, the editor of ''Kane'', yet he always hankered after comedy. ‘I’m doing this in the way I’ve done everything else,’ he said. ‘Giving people what they want with a bit of humour, a bit of fun and if it helps people as well, that’s good’. Operating on the outermost fringe of British show-business, he enjoyed a reputation as an essentially harmless hard-drinking eccentric.
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