Threats and Missed Opportunities

Spankings involving superheroes and superheroines, non-superhero comic-book stuff, comic strips, jungle girls, Lara Croft, Vampirella, Elvira, etc. Chross' board already has an excellent thread on this, but we love this subject so much we figure it deserves its own forum here anyway.
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Re: Threats and Missed Opportunities

Postby Sweetspot » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:59 am

Many spanking-in-sequential-art-enthusiasts have a fond memory of an image that they recall from a by-gone year perhaps even dating back to their own youth. This might be a spanking from Abbie an' Slats, Lancelot perhaps the Jackson Twins. I have a long held fond recollection of an "off-stage" spanking found in a May 1971 Prince Valiant strip. Unfortunately, like the problem so many of us share, that strip was lost to me for decades. Recently however, following my purchase of a new newspaper archive and an extensive search, I was able to rediscover this important to me episode.

Maurice Horn writes, "Carefully plotted and laid out far ahead of time, the scenario of Prince Valiant is not a collection of unrelated episodes arbitrarily woven around the central character, but an organic whole reflecting the vicissitudes and joys of the hero's life as well as the (legendary) times and society around him. The action however, moves slowly, due partly to Foster's rather weighty text, partly to the static composition of his pictures."
Since Hal Foster relinquished the drawing of the page to John Cullen Murphy at some point in 1971 I can't be sure of the artist of this particular story. In this adventure Valiant, his son Arn and new friend Ben Zirara are headed to the Misty Isles for a reunion with Queen Aleta and further opportunity for adventure.
It's typical of the Valiant story that the main quest is interrupted by a small incident, sometimes for purpose of advancing a character's development or for comic relief. Here a domestic situation unfolds right in front of them as they are on the road. Zirara's resolve as the protector of all womanhood is put to the test.
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The traveling lady has left her long-suffering husband, perhaps she is going home to mother! Her escort is a young man who obviously has an infatuation for his traveling companion. When the irate husband catches up to the pair the young escort climbs a tree to avoid conflict.
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Re: Prince Valiant May 2, 1971

Postby Sweetspot » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:19 am

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Re: Prince Valiant May 2, 1971

Postby Sweetspot » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:23 am

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Not a bad set of drawings and remarkably close to how I remember the scene from over 45 years ago.

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Re: Prince Valiant

Postby web-ed » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:39 pm

Great one, Phil - and with a switch, too! :lol: It's obvious Hal Foster believed it appropriate to spank a misbehaving wife, and the spanked women characters in Prince Valiant, including the wife here, all seem fine with it. :D I don't think anyone in the spanko community has ever mentioned this one before. Too bad the actual switching takes place off-panel, but perhaps it was on the bare so Foster couldn't show it ;) .

There are at least a couple of other spankings in the strip I can think of, but they're of juveniles. I wonder if there were any more spankings of adult women :?:
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Freckles and His Friends

Postby web-ed » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:25 pm

This week's update is the first of two spankings Phil S. discovered in Polly and Her Pals. As is discussed on that page, Polly spawned some imitators including the one that concerns us here, Freckles and His Friends. Phil S. has found one missed opportunity and one actual spanking that unfortunately takes place off-panel, so let's take a look at them now.

In the first, Freckles' best friend Lard (what a name!) has no money to buy a present for his girlfriend Hilda, so Hector (whom I think is Hilda's little brother) cooks up a scheme to get her to bend over (smart lad :lol: ). Too bad the scheme didn't involve a nice paddle instead of Lard's boot, for Hilda, rather intriguingly, doesn't mind getting kicked and so would probably have been delighted to receive swats on her fanny with a paddle. :D This is a true "missed opportunity".

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It's the old "bend over, get a swat" gag, on Dec. 10, 1942. © NEA Services

Even better, Hilda got an actual spanking from her father of the "you're not too big to take over my knee" variety a little more than a year later in between Feb. 23-24, 1944.

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Interestingly, Hilda discusses her embarrassment at being spanked with her girlfriends in a scene which reminds me very much of a Phil Overbarrel strip:
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This time, a paddle is used, but it's an improvised one in the form of one of Hal Krooner's (evidently a teeny-bopper idol) albums. Blosser makes a joke that may need some explanation: the name of the album is "Beat me, Daddy". The spanking reference is obvious, but what is the non-spanking meaning of the phrase? The answer is that it refers in the vernacular of the era to the eight-to-a-bar boogie-woogie rhythm, a style that was popular at the time (although Fats Waller hated it, and so do I).

I actually transcribed one of Fats's piano solos (by listening to a CD - and at normal speed!) that used boogie-woogie for a few bars (this must have been a concession by Fats to the tastes of the period), but it would be kind of a pain to present that excerpt here. If there's anyone out there who plays the piano reasonably well and who's curious, I might be able to send the transcription to you - just drop me a line and then wait a few months for a response... :lol:
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Re: Threats and Missed Opportunities

Postby butch46163@yahoo.com » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:17 am

Thanks for the info SweetSpot about the song Beat Me Daddy :twisted: He really played a swinging tune on her bottom too bad we couldn`t see it :x :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: kinda :o young women of that time was :shock: to hear about girls their age still being spanked didn`t they know women was also spanked in that time :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Great comic!

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Re: Threats and Missed Opportunities

Postby Tanner » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:48 am

The Jackson Twins.Does that ever bring back fond memories of reading that comic strip in the old Washington Star newspaper(which also carried Oakey Doaks), And agree that they were quite in need of spankings!
Like to make a comment on the subject of girls wearing shorts in public in 1954. While true is was mostly accepted, there were still many more conservative parts of the country, especially rural and small towns, where it was not approved. And likewise many older people and families strict about modesty of dress for females. Some young ladies who wore shorts back then, especially short ones, may well have had to undergo spankings, or what some would doubtless have deemed "a punishment fitting the crime" , having a switch applied to their bare legs, leaving stripes that would force them to cover up out of shame.
Spanking for improper or immodest attire is a not uncommon theme in spanking literature. Recall some letters to Mr magazine that had girls in mini-skirts getting spanked. And one letter from a husband who spanked his wife for wearing hotpants in public when that fashion rage hit. Of course we know those letters were written by the magazine staff, at least mostly!
More recently it has been the thong. Whether underwear or swimsuits. Spankings for wearing lowrise pants with thong showing. Sadly, that fashion has vanished. Some thought it tacky or something, but it was so much fun seeing girls with exposed thongs and imagining them getting spanked. And there were the fat ones showing their thongs and you had to ask what were they thinking. They truly needed to be paddled just so that would wear something to cover all that red skin!

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Re: Threats and Missed Opportunities

Postby web-ed » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:51 pm

Glad to have your comments on these matters, Tanner! :D
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Re: Threats and Missed Opportunities

Postby Sweetspot » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:01 am

Thanks Web-Ed for the information concerning Hilda's favorite Hal Krooner recording 'Beat Me, Daddy!' The optimist in me likes to think that the reason these spankings are off 'stage' instead of shown in the strip is because the spanker has bared the woman's bottom. That had a high-probability of being the case in the Prince Valiant switching [heck of a big switch isn't it?] posted above. In Hilda's case since her coat needed to come off [or lifted up] anyway perhaps the spanker lifted her dress in order to give her the promised one-handed applauds! The plus-side of any off-panel spanking is that you can let the imagination run free. At least while she's on the floor recovering from being booted in the behind we get an idea of what she might look like across a guy's lap.

Over the last couple of days I've been wracking the old brain trying to remember the other Freckles and His Friends missed opportunity we had in our files -that I recall - and thought I had sent to you. :roll: I came across the panels I had in mind while perusing through my "file" this evening. Anyway from August 10, 18 and 19 of 1950:

A quick look at Sheila going all-out brat! She's freeloading off of Freckles because her rich daddy has temporarily cut off some of her funds and anyway she gets a kick out of making other people pay for her extravagances. :x
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Turns out that instead of having Freckles "on his knees" she ends up Over The Knee :lol:
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Re: Threats and Missed Opportunities

Postby overbarrel49 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:17 am

Hi Phil,

I have to tell you that in the case of Sheila, I sure would like to have seen the spanking scene. In fact, I think the writer owed that to his viewing audience :x . Anyway, it's a good story with the proper ending, even if we didn't get to see the spanking. Thanks, Phil O


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