Wilson McCoy

From Spanking Art

R. Wilson McCoy (1902-1961) is the second artist on the (still running) The Phantom comic strip. He started out as cartoonist Ray Moore's assistant, but when Moore retired from the strip after a war-injury, McCoy took over the entire strip in 1949.

Wilson McCoy studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, The American Academy, and Washington University's School of Fine Arts, where he later served on the faculty. Working as a commercial artist, he made paintings for Liberty Magazine covers, calendars, prints, pin-ups and advertisements for major companies. When his friend Ray Moore served in the military during WWII, McCoy took over the responsibilities of illustrating the syndicated newspaper strip, The Phantom. His wife, Dorothy, did the lettering. McCoy continued drawing the strip until his death in 1961, after which it was continued by Bill Lignante for a short while, and then Sy Barry.

McCoy is well known for his unique, naive style of drawing. Unlike Ray Moore, he always drew with tremendous attention to details, and used photographic references for every drawing, having his family and friends pose for him and act out the different situations happening in the stories he worked on.

Spanking art by Wilson McMoy[edit]

McCoy is also notable for the numerous spanking scenes peppered throughout the Phantom strip during his 22 year run on the series. His bold, heavy compositions were perfect for the rendering of M/F OTK imagery, and his artwork is instantly recognisable within the online SP community (although his actual name is somewhat obscure by comparison).

Visually speaking, McCoy's girls were usually voluptuous, affluent young women requiring a "firm hand" to keep them under control. In this respect, McCoy was most probably influenced by the mainstream cinema of the time, particularly romantic comedies, in which M/F spankings were portrayed as a 'normal' component of budding relationships.

In his time, Kit Walker was depicted spanking European aristocrats, African princesses, society girls and Hollywood starlets, all of whom were irresistibly attracted to the steely-eyed, globe-trotting adventurer. Strangely enough, the Phantom rarely (if ever), raised his hand to his one true love, U.N. Medical Worker Diana Palmer - suggesting that some women, at least, are just too good to spank.

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