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Monday, 18 May 2020

Artwork — Roué back covers

In the heyday of spanking magazines there were often standalone pieces of spanking artwork in addition to the story illustrations. The most obvious example being the Contents page of Janus but there were plenty of other examples. These drawings often told a whole story in themselves and I thought I would feature a few over the next few weeks.
First up here are some small cartoons that were featured in the corner of the back cover of the first four Roué issues, so may well have been overlooked by many readers. They have a great cheeky sense of humour to them.
From Roué 1, an eskimo family warm themselves around the recently toasted bottom of the daughter of the family:
From Roué 2, mum’s friend finds a use for the daughters sprawling legs:
From Roué 3, a schoolmaster is shocked by how many pairs of pants this miscreant has tried to get away with wearing.
Finally, from Roué 4, a father is interrupted whilst using a dog lead to punish his daughter, to her great amusement.
Sadly this cute little feature was not repeated in later issues.

16 comments:

  1. Nice selection...keep em comin' :)

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  2. Lovely stuff. The lower three look like they're by the same artist who supplied other similarly superb 'spanking art' to Roue and early Blushes and whom I've sometimes been led to believe was none other than the great Alan Bell himself.

    I do love the idea that the spanking of an errant teenage daughter could be such a commonplace thing that it might happen whilst two housewives are casually chatting and knitting etc. Although it's a shame the girl's knickers aren't down. The image's main joke seems to reinforce the idea of such treatment being an everyday norm. Something you might be doing when a neighbour pops round to borrow some sugar and no one would bat an eye.

    Ha! Ha! The silly young miss in the third picture down evidently assumed that her caning would take place over her skirt. Or if she was particularly naive she might have thought that even if it were over her knickers she could get away with such a hair-brained tactic. Either way those knickers are coming down. All of them! How many pairs? Four at least from what we can see here. She certainly deserves to suffer greatly for trying to pull that kind of trick. How about four times what might have been her original allocation i.e. 4 x 6 = 24 good hard bare bottom swishes of the cane.

    Fourth picture - very amusing, but I bet that naughty smirk won't be on the daughter's face for long!

    Another unusual thing I've noted about those Roue mags. There didn't seem to be a regular cover design or typographic logo, not for the earlier issues anyway. I quite like that idiosyncratic thing about them.

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  3. I also had heard the rumour they might be by the late great Alan =bell. I had ambitions to be a comic book artist back in the early 1980's and indeed sold a few pages to spanking mag. i did a couple of one page stories in justice ( they were crudely done I'm afraid but the best i could manage at the time). One had a French maid punished and the other two girls playing tennis. But i completed a slightly nicer piece in pen, ink and wash and that featured on the Janus contents page. i still draw the occasional spanking illustration and would be happy to scan them if there is a suitable site for their display. Keep up the great work Fleas - much appreciated.

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    1. I'm sure we'd all like to see them if you can find a platform on which to display them.

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    2. I'd be happy to post them here if you send them to me at Fleas1963@gmail.com.

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  4. I love these drawings too. Beautiful images done by a true master of the art, and so redolent of Roue.

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  5. They were indeed by Alan. I remember two more drawings not specifically connected to a story. One showed a financial office building with a floor devoted to 'stocks and bonds'. Of course, a pretty girl was bound and in the stocks being thrashed. The other depicted a production line outside a headmaster's office. On one side the schoolgirls were lined up fearfully awaiting punishment. Through the door we saw a bare-bottomed youngster being caned. One the other side the distraught and sobbing girls were trooping out after getting their just desserts. Just the way it fucking well should be.

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    1. Did he write those early Blushes stories too? Such as down in the basement with Reggie? The pictures and the stories have a very similar, and highly stimulating, flavour to me.

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  6. Yes. He was editor, writer, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, publisher... and spanker, of course, since he starred in that role in his own videos.

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  7. We owe him a large debt. Thankfully his work has been left to posterity - posteriority? - for all to enjoy.
    Id love to know more about him though. This stuff should be written down for hstorical study.

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  8. Alan Bell was undoubtedly a genius. The early Blushes tales were quite clear, 16-18 year old schoolgirls were provided for the enjoyment of others, that enjoyment took many forms from cane to cock but the enjoyment of the young ladies was of no concern to anyone.

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    1. Very well summed up, Inspector. The only grouse I have against Mr Bell is all the times in Blushes that he printed the text over photographs and rendered it pretty much impossible to read! And it was not infrequently in the wrong order. Back in those days, as I saw myself in the Roue office, text was typeset by specialists and then sent back on photographic paper. The paper was cut up and pasted on to the page layout with 'Cow Gum'. A vanished world, like, unfortunately, schoolgirl caning. At least the stories are much easier to read as transcribed and posted on this splendid blog.

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    2. Indeed Inspector. As with Mr Ponsonby in Blushes 5 & 6 with 16-year old Valerie. He cajoles her into bed as a reluctant alternative to ever more frequent bare bottom canings. How she felt was of no concern, we read that for him ‘it was a tight fit but Mr Ponsonby managed’. Well it was her first time. How it was for Valerie is indicated by two lovely colour close-ups of her face looking very uncomfortable as Mr Ponsonby takes her from behind. One of these pictures (also in this excellent blog) separately makes a wonderful cover picture for SL Spanking Letters number 31 - one of my all-time favourite House of Blushes covers

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  9. Very good point James. By the way you were a very lucky chap to work in the Roue office! Fortunately for us all Fleas gives us an opportunity to bring the lost world of schoolgirl caning back to life on these pages...

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    1. I can't claim to have worked in the office, but I did visit it. You will all be pleased to hear that a couple of the models were employed as office dollybirds, making coffee, looking pretty and doing the odd bit of filing. I was treated to a lovely moment straight out of Benny Hill when one of them in a tiny skirt ferreted for something in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet. She was wearing white knickers. Nice comments by Marco, too. That was certainly the ethos of the magazines in their heyday.

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  10. PS: I'm pretty sure that in the 'knitting wool' illustration above the spanker is supposed to be male - maybe these are the girl's grandparents. Look at the size of the feet and shoes. What might be mistaken for an earring is actually just a stylised ear.

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