Selina the Moon Girl

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Inveterate tomboy Janey Ross gets a spanking from everybody's favorite homeroom teacher, good ol' Mr Carlson.

Selina the Moon Girl is an amateur comic strip created by Gauis Marius, the second in a series of tributes to Little Girl comics of the 40s, 50s and 60s. The strip features occasional spanking imagery, rendered in the form of pencil sketches, CG illustrations and faux 'screencaps.' Drawing on the sci-fi/fantasy genre of the early sixties, the character is clearly based on both Supergirl and Mary Marvel (with elements of The Mighty Thor thrown in for good measure.)

General premise[edit]

Selina the Moon Girl chronicles the adventures of young Claire Delune, a ten-year-old girl granted superhuman powers by an ancient goddess. Assuming the name Selina the Moon Girl, Claire battles the usual array of robots and alien menaces while attempting to keep her identity secret from her friends and family. While immensely powerful as Selina, Claire is as vulnerable as any other child while in human form, leading to frequent 'girl hostage' scenarios.

Set during the 1960s, storylines sometimes reflect the cold-war anxieties of the period; Selina's adversaries are often militaristic, totalitarian species bent on the complete subjugation of the United States. Selina, on the other hand, represents the innocence and idealism of the Great American Dream, fighting for truth, justice and liberty against (seemingly) overwhelming odds.

In reference to the adventure strips of the early sixties, corporal imagery is most often employed as a 'closing gag' towards the end of any given story. Spankings are invariably performed on the panties, as was common in comic strips of the period, and usually as the result of some child-like misdemeanor (eg, Selina saves humanity from a world-devouring monstrocity but forgets to do her homework; the story ends with Claire over her teacher's knee in front of her entire class).

Claire is not the only recipient of corporal punishment in the strip. Supporting characters such as Janey Ross and Miranda Hobbs (see below) are also required to bare their panties whenever the current storyline calls for it. In addition, the 'girl hostage' scenario offers ample opportunity for (sometimes gratuitious) spanking scenes when one or other of the girls is caught 'snooping around.'

Supporting cast[edit]

Chip Sanders takes young Claire Delune over his knee in a scene from the Selina 'animated series.'

Janey Ross: Claire's closest friend, an inveterate tomboy whose impulsive nature invariably leads her into trouble with parents, teachers and practically everyone else she encounters. Frequently spanked on the panties for various kinds of mischief.

Miranda Hobbs: The strip's resident pretty girl; somewhat ditzy at first glance but often proves much smarter than anyone suspects. Extremely well-behaved; occasionally spanked for neglecting to do her homework and other minor infractions.

Johnny Sanders: Fifteen year-old "Chip" Sanders is Janey's older cousin and the strip's main 'love interest.' Views all three girls as kid sisters, often comes to their aid in times of crisis. Spanks Janey every now and then for getting up to her usual hi-jinx.

Sven Carlson: Claire's homeroom teacher; a tough-talking but good natured Swedish-American who serves as a father figure to the three girls. Spanks Janey at least twice a week, usually in public for added entertainment value.

Faux History[edit]

Selina's 'first appearance' in Journey into Adventure no. 23 (Landmark Periodicals, Jan 1964).

Like all of GM's strips, Selina the Moon Girl comes complete with a totally fictitious 'history,' jokingly intended to cause confusion amongst new readers. According to the faux timeline, Selina was first published by Goldman Periodicals in 1964, making her official debut in Journey into Adventure no. 23. Devised by industry veteran Ray Haddingsly, Selina was originally intended to capture a young female audience by combining science fiction with teen-romance, with a generous helping of action-adventure thrown in for good measure.

Selina first appeared in the January 1964 issue of Journey into Adventure, under the (slightly cumbersome) title "Selina the Moon-Maiden". The debut story featured most of the primary cast (Claire, Selina, Janey and Miranda); the following issue introduced teenaged love interest Chip Sanders. Early stories included stock science-fantasy elements of the period; giant robots, marauding aliens and lumbering monstrosities similar to Marvel's output of the same period. As the decade wore on, however, the stories took on a progressively darker tone, influenced by more supernatural characters like Doctor Strange or DC's The Spectre.

Journey into Adventure was renamed Selina the Moon-Girl with issue 30, suggesting the strip enjoyed some measure of success during its initial run. Unfortunately, interest in girl-friendly comics began to decline towards the end of the decade. Selina ran for four years until February 1968, when falling sales across the board led to a cancellation of many of Landmark's girl-oriented titles.

That wasn't the end of Selina the Moon Girl, however.

Selina: The Animated Series[edit]

Despite its abysmal production values, the Selina animated series was notable for a large number of totally gratuitous spanking scenes.

Several months before the cancellation of the comic book, production began on the Selina animated series. Eventually broadcast in 1969, the cartoon was a late entry into the campy superhero trend which dominated American TV from the middle of the sixties, and might be described as a cross between 'Batman' and 'Here Comes the Grump.' Produced by Maroon Studios on a shoe-string budget, the series was notable for its minimalist animation, cheesy 60s dialogue and campy psychedelic graphics. Fortunately, it was also notable for its highly gratuitous spanking scenes, making it a minor classic of the genre.

The cartoon adaption was considerably more upbeat than the comic book, featuring less violence and focusing more on friendship and family values. Slapstick humor played a large role in any given storyline, and each episode featured a musical number performed by "The Selinas" (a 'groovey 60s rock group' consisting of Claire, Miranda and Janey, with Chip Sanders on the drums). Stories were generally stand-alone fantasies in which Selina and her friends solved mysteries or traveled to magical realms populated by fanciful creatures (unicorns, talking pandas and so on).

Despite the prohibition on television violence, the series contained an amazing number of spanking sequences; at least one per episode according to some sources. Following the conventions of the period, Claire and her friends were usually spanked over the knee and always on the panties.

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