John Willie

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John Alexander Scott Coutts (9 December 1902 – 5 August 1962), better known by the pseudonym John Willie, was an artist, fetish photographer, editor, and the publisher of the first twenty issues of the fetish magazine Bizarre featuring his characters "Sweet Gwendoline" and Sir Dystic d'Arcy.wikipedia
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Sweet Gwendoline

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John Alexander Scott Coutts (9 December 1902 – 5 August 1962), better known by the pseudonym John Willie, was an artist, fetish photographer, editor, and the publisher of the first twenty issues of the fetish magazine Bizarre featuring his characters "Sweet Gwendoline" and Sir Dystic d'Arcy. Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.
Sweet Gwendoline is the main female character in the works of bondage artist John Willie, first published as a serial, usually two pages at a time, in Robert Harrison's mainstream girlie magazine Wink from June 1947 to February 1950, and later in several other magazines over the years.

Irving Klaw

Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.
His great contribution to the world was to commission fetish art (with the likes of models like Bettie Page, June King, Joan Rydell, Jackie Miller, et al.) and sponsor illustrative artists (like Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbrew, and many others), and to indirectly promote the legacy of Charles Guyette and John Willie.

Charles Guyette

Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.
Employed by National Police Gazette editor, Edythe Farrell, he later provided costumes, high heel shoes and boots, and occasionally photographs for publisher Robert Harrison, known for such pin-up magazines as Wink, Titter, Beauty Parade, Whisper, and Eyeful. He was also important in early fetish community social circles of the day and in the careers of John Willie and Irving Klaw.

Bettie Page

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Though distributed underground, "Bizarre" magazine had a far-reaching impact on later fetish-themed publications and experienced a resurgence in popularity along with fetish model, Bettie Page, starting in the 1970s.
John Willie

BDSM

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Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.
Charles Guyette was the first American to produce and distribute fetish related material (costumes, footwear, photography, props and accessories) in the US. His successor, Irving Klaw, produced commercial sexploitation film and photography with a BDSM theme (most notably with Bettie Page) and issued fetish comics (known then as "chapter serials") by the now-iconic artists John Willie, Gene Bilbrew, and Eric Stanton.

Bondage (BDSM)

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These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets, and body modification.
How long this punitive form of bondage is used for varies greatly, however in bondage erotica such as John Willie's Sweet Gwendoline or Japanese bondage photography, it is often extensive and long-lasting.

Eric Stanton

Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.
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Gene Bilbrew

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Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.
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The Notorious Bettie Page

Willie was portrayed by Jared Harris in the movie The Notorious Bettie Page (2006), which featured a fictional meeting between Willie and Page.
Their top model Maxie takes Bettie under her wing, and she soon finds herself wearing leather corsets and thigh-high boots while wielding whips and chains for photographer John Willie, frequently at the request of Little John, a mild-mannered attorney with unusual tastes.

Fetish art

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John Alexander Scott Coutts (9 December 1902 – 5 August 1962), better known by the pseudonym John Willie, was an artist, fetish photographer, editor, and the publisher of the first twenty issues of the fetish magazine Bizarre featuring his characters "Sweet Gwendoline" and Sir Dystic d'Arcy.
In 1946 fetish artist John Coutts (a.k.a. John Willie) founded Bizarre magazine.

List of fetish artists

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John Willie

Royal Military College, Sandhurst

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He grew up in a middle-class family and attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Second lieutenant

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Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Royal Scots, Coutts was forced to resign in 1925 when he married a night-club hostess, Eveline Fisher, without the permission of his commanding officer.

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Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Royal Scots, Coutts was forced to resign in 1925 when he married a night-club hostess, Eveline Fisher, without the permission of his commanding officer.

Obscenity

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Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.

Dominatrix

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Other characters include U69 (censored to U89 in some editions), the raven-haired dominatrix who ties up Gwendoline, and Sir Dystic d'Arcy, the only prominent male character and probably a parody of Willie himself.

Robert Harrison (publisher)

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Sweet Gwendoline was published as a serial in Robert Harrison's mainstream girlie magazine Wink from June 1947 to February 1950.

High-heeled shoe

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These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets, and body modification.

Acrotomophilia

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These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets, and body modification.

Sadomasochism

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These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets, and body modification.

Transvestism

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These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets, and body modification.

Corset

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These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets, and body modification.

Body modification

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These letters covered topics such as high heels, bondage, amputee fetishism, sadomasochism, transvestism, corsets, and body modification.

Jared Harris

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Willie was portrayed by Jared Harris in the movie The Notorious Bettie Page (2006), which featured a fictional meeting between Willie and Page.

Taschen

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Bizarre: The Complete Reprint of John Willie's Bizarre, Vols. 1–26; ISBN: 3-8228-9269-6 Taschen. Edited by Eric Kroll.