Continuing on the theme of orphaned artwork not connected to a specific story or comic strip, here are three fabulous drawings by the illustrator for early Blushes (I think maybe Alan Bell), which were featured in issue 32 of Justice magazine. Each of them tells a story in itself.
Firstly, here is The Volunteer:
What is going on here? The headmaster stands, hands on hips holding a cane, surrounded by a group of girls — three senior-looking ones (prefects?) one of whom is holding a report, and seven younger plump-bottomed girls in vest and pants, one of whom has her hand up to volunteer. What is she volunteering for? Is this a group punishment and she has offered to go first, or is she volunteering to offer up the name of the culprit the Head is looking for? Are those punishment marks already on the volunteer’s bottom and that of her neighbour? What is that expression on the face of the girl on her left, and what is the role of the prefects here?
Food for pleasant thought, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Next is Punishment Crosses:
In this picture, the young lady has been given a sound strapping on her bare bottom, and has been left in the uncomfortable position of having to hold onto an overhead pipe while not letting her feet lose contact with the wide-apart crosses marked on the floor. Those look like school knickers, tie and socks, so we might guess this is a schoolgirl, but the open blouse, the dingy basement room and the unconventional punishment posture all point to this being an unofficial punishment. Has the caretaker got a new victim maybe? The girl peers over her shoulder in fearful anticipation of her punisher’s return and her toes look like they might lose contact with the crosses any moment…
Finally, here is My Upside Down World: