A Million For Marty


Yet another great offering from Sweetspot. It’s an illustration from American Weekly which also appeared in other newpapers during 1938.

The action takes place in front of guests at a party held by an artist, hence the cocktails and the paintings and sculpture that can be seen in the background.

The spanking isn’t really described in the story itself, just mentioned during a conversation between two of the party-goers after the event. Clearly the opportunity to SHOW a spanking was too good to miss though. The artist has done a fine job of filling in the gaps for readers, although the man is spanking her with the sharp heel of her shoe (not a slipper as described in the extract) which looks a bit odd to me.

4 thoughts on “A Million For Marty”

  1. Fictional illustrations of spankings administered with sharp objects may have been a way of saying either the spanking wasn’t real, like a cartoon character drawn without a full compliment of fingers, or that the spanking really hurt. As a kid, I took it to mean the latter.

    Another example from the period was a cartoon showing a spanking administered with a board with nail driven halfway through it.

  2. The high heel shoe replacing the slipper was the one aspect of this fine drawing that immediately stood out to me when I first looked at it. Could it be that the artist couldn’t visualize a literal slipper at this upscale party scene so he substituted the high heel that the man obviously removed from the girl’s foot. Has to be added humiliation for a grown woman to be spanked with her own shoe. Though I can’t imagination a high heel being an effective or safe spanking instrument. There are a few examples of high heel spanking to be found in gallery two of the Chicago Spanking Review.

    1. These illustrations would generally have been done with the aid of references: live models, stock photos or other art works, sketches etc. If the reference used was a woman in heeled shoes then the artist probably just copied that without thinking it through properly or worrying too much that his drawing no longer matched the text precisely. I doubt that he realised the editors would draw attention to it by adding the extract right underneath.

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