Welcome Back to the Labyrinth

"We have been away far too long, my friends," Ashoka declared, his face lit by the eldritch green glow of his staff. "But we have finally returned to the labyrinth whence our adventures first began."

"Just imagine the treasures that lie within," said Yun Tai, flexing his mighty muscles. "Wealth enough to live in luxury the rest of our days."

"And arcane artifacts of great power," added Ashoka his words dripping with avarice. "All ours for the taking!"

"Umm...guys?" Nysa interrupted. "Do you hear something dripping?"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Brundage and Domination

For this week's set of Weird Tales covers, I thought I'd contrast last week's overtures of lesbian sadism with a sampling of women being menaced, usually while bound, and often with whips, by sinister men.  By now a common theme in Weird Tales covers should be clearly evident due to the fact that, as Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright noted, the issues with kinky covers sold out quickly.  Notice how many of the villains are dressed in masked, hooded robes.

January, 1933

April, 1934
September, 1934
March, 1936
January, 1937

And, in a rare example of equal-opportunity kink, a cover depicting a busty woman whipping some naked men...

October, 1937


Trey said...

Of course, these themes only got a whole lot more explicit as the pulp magazines gave way to both comics (pre-code) and the men's adventure magazines of the 50s/60s.

Sean Robson said...

How true. Magazines like Man's Adventure and True Men were incredibly lurid and seemed to have a real fetish for stories about Nazi sex slaves.

Kevin Mac said...


Nice, scary (and kinda funny) bondage imagery here. With a hot spider lady!

Sean Robson said...

Sadly, it can't be viewed outside of the United States. Trying to boggart all the Martian lesbian spider-queens?

Trey said...

That's what we're about here in the U.S. of A, Sean. You might as well know.

Sean Robson said...

Aw, who can blame you? ;)