John Willie

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Photo of Bettie Page getting spanked, by John Willie, from Bizarre magazine.

John Alexander Scott Coutts (1902 - 1962), better known as John Willie, was a pioneering fetish photographer and bondage artist working mainly in the F/F genre.

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[edit] Biography

F/F spanking art from Bizarre magazine.
Woman on spanking bike, from Bizarre magazine.
Woman tied to stake for BDSM whipping, from Bizarre magazine.

Coutts was born in Singapore and grew up in England. In the 1930s he taught himself how to draw while living in Australia. Around 1935 he began working for a Sydney-based fetish club as an illustrator and photographer. He also bought fetish paraphernalia and photos from Paris dealers Yva Richard and Diana Slip which had an influence on his BDSM artwork.

Around 1945 he adopted the alias "John Willie" (willie is British slang for phallus) and moved to New York City where he published his bondage and fetish magazine Bizarre from 1946 to 1959.

The magazine included many photographs, often of his wife. Some of the photos published in Bizarre were purchased from Charles Guyette's burlesque and BDSM equipment store in New York. Willie established contacts in America through the sub-culture social networks created by Guyette. One of those contacts was Irving Klaw, who sold some of Willie's bondage illustrations in his Manhattan store, Movie Star News, and by mail order.

As a bondage artist, he is best known for his character Sweet Gwendoline, a comic series that first appeared in Wink magazine in 1947-1950. Published largely in the 1950s and 1960s, the series was drawn in a clear, anatomically correct style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew (aka Eneg) and Eric Stanton.

[edit] Public domain works

Much of his work has entered the public domain in the United States because it was published in the U.S. between 1923 and 1963 with a copyright notice, and its copyright was not renewed. This does not apply worldwide: such work is not in the public domain in the countries or areas that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, such as Canada, Mainland China (not Hong Kong or Macao), Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and other countries.

[edit] Gwendoline feature film

In 1984, a screenplay loosely adapted from the Gwendoline stories was made into a campy, sexploitation adventure movie in France called The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak starring Tawny Kitaen. It was also released as simply Gwendoline.

The first half of the film is clearly imitative of the Indiana Jones action-adventure format. The latter half of the story takes place in a mythical Amazon-like civilization ruled by domineering women who wear elaborate, fetishistic leather clothing.

There are many scenes of bondage, nudity, and pony carts (that resemble Roman chariots) pulled by teams of human slaves. However, unlike Willie's artwork, scenes of erotic punishment such as spankings or floggings are conspicuously absent.

The director, Just Jaeckin, also made the 1975 film based on the well-known sadomasochistic novel Story of O.

[edit] Works and literature

F/F spanking art by John Willie, from Bizarre magazine.
  • A John Willie Portfolio, n.1 (a cura di Carl McGuire), Van Nuys, CA., London Ent. Ltd., 1987
  • Bizarre: The Complete Reprint of John Willie's Bizarre, Vols. 1-26; ISBN 3-8228-9269-6 Taschen. Edited by Eric Kroll.
  • Plusieurs possibilités. Photographies de John Willie, Paris, Futuropolis, 1985
  • The Art of John Willie - Sophisticated Bondage (Book One)
    • An illustrated biography edited by Stefano Piselli & Riccardo Morrocchi (128 pages)
  • The Art of John Willie - Sophisticated Bondage (Book Two)
    • An illustrated biography edited by Stefano Piselli & Riccardo Morrocchi (128 pages)
  • The Bound Beauties of Irving Klaw & John Willie, vol 2, Van Nuys, CA., Harmony Comm., 1977
  • The First John Willie Bondage Photo Book, Van Nuys, CA., London Ent. Ltd., 1978
  • The Second John Willie Bondage Photo Book, Van Nuys, CA., London Ent. Ltd., 1978
  • The Works of John Willie (a cura di Peter Stevenson), s.l., s.e., s.d.*
  • The Adventures of Sweet Gwendoline (Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged) New York: Bélier Press, 1999. 368 pp. ISBN 0-914646-48-6

[edit] See also

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The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak (1984).


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