Sweet Gwendoline

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Advertisement for Bondage Story Drawings (including Sweet Gwendoline) by Irving Klaw (1954).

Sweet Gwendoline is an adult comic book character created by bondage artist John Willie (1902-1962) that first appeared in the men's magazine Wink in 1947-1950. The continuing comic strip ran in several magazines in the 1950s and was expanded into a series of stand-alone books in the 1960s.

Gwendoline is a pretty young woman who always gets into trouble in the form of bondage. In every episode she is tied up and sometimes also gagged, and left for some time in such state of helplessness, in the way of a damsel in distress. She is often rescued only to be soon again tied up in a new way. She is typically not nude but scantly clad, and never without her high heels.


Sweet, Sweet Gwendoline, song by Die Ärzte.

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

Gwendoline is possibly the most famous bondage icon after Bettie Page. She inspired other works such as:

  • The song Sweet, Sweet Gwendoline by the German pop punk band Die Ärzte. This song introduced her to a large part of the population that otherwise had no contact to the BDSM subculture. Die Ärzte also frequently used an image of Gwendoline as a skeleton on their album covers.
  • The German gothic rock band Umbra Et Imago, famous amongst the fetish goth scene, also recorded a song entitled Sweet Gwendoline.
  • In 1984, the stories were loosely adapted in The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak, a movie by Just Jaeckin starring Tawny Kitaen in the role of Gwendoline. (See pony play video clip on YouTube.)


  • The Adventures of Sweet Gwendoline, 2nd Edition, by John Willie. ISBN 978-0914646488

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