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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Superhero Spankings!

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In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This week, we take a look at a series of, well, superhero spankings!

I normally say “Enjoy!” at this point, but it seems kind of weird in this context. So…uhm…read on, I guess!

The above panel came from Batman #1, but Batman does not actually spank Catwoman in that issue. It is an empty threat!

In Batman #10, though, by Joseph Greene, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos, Batman (as Bruce Wayne) celebrates Robin (Dick Grayson)’s birthday with a birthday spanking!


In the September 13, 1942 issue of Will Eisner’s The Spirit, the Spirit comes across a pernicious lady named Diana the Huntress, who wants him to engage in a hunt against each other…



Eventually the Spirit wins the “game”…


His choice of weapon, though, is quite odd…


In 1960’s Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #14, Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger have Lois Lane come up with a scheme to get stuck behind in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude so she can prove to Superman that she can make it a home for the two of them. While there, she gets abused by one of Superman’s robots…


Later, we learn that Superman knew of her plan all along and was just messing with her…


Man, they sure had one effed up relationship, didn’t they?

In 1966’s Brave and the Bold #64 by Bob Haney and Win Mortimer, Batman recalls the time he first met the socialite Marcia Monroe. She was making a scene on a Gotham City bridge when Batman put her in her place…


I love that the next day, Bruce Wayne is getting off on reading about his own spanking escapades…


Also, note that the camera in the newspaper is from a different angle than from where the first photographer was. So did Batman hold her there while the guy got a few different shots? I love Batman’s smile there…

Two years later, Otto Binder and Kurt Schaffenberger are back at it again, pitting Supergirl against some alien hoodlums who were using Earth as their own Monopoly board in Action Comics #363. Supergirl tries to teach them a lesson…


Finally, amazingly enough in the 1980s, Mark Grunwald, Jerry Bingham and Gene Day have the Thing put Moondragon over his knee in Marvel Two-in-One #62…


Wow, seriously?

Okay, that’s five (six, since I threw in a Bruce Wayne one)! If you have any ideas for future editions of Drawing Crazy Patterns, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!