Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sex In the Comics: Sex Around the World, 3 of 4

The penultimate installment of the 1985 book Sex in the Comics. Much of it is in foreign languages, but I can't do anything about that. Sorry. Maybe they're saying things that belie what the drawings imply. Who knows? Someone who speaks those languages, but not me.

Here are the captions that were under these illustrations.
Linton Howard (Joan Benavent) and Oswal (Osvaldo Viola), Mark Kane, Detective a Hollywood. In the unhallowed tradition of the movie moguls of the fifties, this Hollywood producer drops a too-eager starlet after he'd had his way with her. He will not enjoy his villainy, however...
Miguel Angel Prado, Fragmentos de la Encyclopedia Delfica. After the accomplishment of a successful mission, this spatial troubleshooter is ready to enjoy some of the fruits of victory.
D. Sento, Su Primer Amor (“Her First Love”). Sento conveys the slightly ridiculous, as well as the endearingly naïve outlook of a young girl during her first sexual encounter. The angular, distorted line is typical of the modern school of Spanish comics.
Rafa Negrete, Cosmopolis. A female android programmed for pleasure turns on her creator...
Miguel Bulto, Los Dioses (“The Gods”). Just another middlin' day on Mount Olympus. (Holy Zeus!)
Harry Bishop, Gun Law. Based on the then-popular series Gunsmoke, this daily strip displayed a far more uninhibited approach than its prudish inspiration.
Michael Kelly (John Burns), George and Lynne. Despite all the hanky-panky currently going on in British newspaper comics, the prevalent English attitude towards sex (at least as foreigners see it) is perhaps typified in this strip.
”Leon”, Oh, Aphrodite. The Olympians come in for another round of knocks in this weekly strip starring a mod version of the Greek love goddess.
Les Lilley and Luis Roca, Scarth. In a field crowded with alluring heroines Scarth was probably the sexiest space creature ever to ply the galaxies. Her career was unfortunately cut short by a blue-nosed newspaper editor.
Don Avenell and Enrique Romero, Axa. Axa is another futuristic adventuress who gets out of assorted scrapes and perils through wits and looks. (It is worth noting that when newspaper editors need a beautifully rendered sexy heroine strip they wisely give the job to a Spanish artist).
Larry Horak, James Bond. 007 in one of his usual predicaments. Will he choose the lady or the mission?
Marcel Moniquet, Jean des Flandres. Belgium is best noted for its children's comics (as typified by Herge's Tintin). This series of Belgian comics, however, contained a good deal of sexual undertones, as in this example. The heroine is about to receive a severe whipping at the hands of her cruel rival.
Dick Matena, 2005. There is something about Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland that lends itself to sexual parody. It may be the heroine's wacky innocence or it may be the author's fascination with pre-nubile girls.
Jan Lindstrom and Jaime Vallvé Fantomen (“The Phantom”). Is nothing sacred (again)? In this Swedish version of Lee Falk's adventure strip, the Phantom's long-time fiancee (now his wife) goes adventuring in the simplest of apparel.

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