What's in a Name?


"A rose by any other name..." etc., etc.

I've moved everything over from the SadoMondo site to this one which has the SM Detective name in the URL.

I still kind of like the SadoMondo name. Been using it for years. But something about SM Detective just grabs me. I guess it all started when I was a kid and saw those cock-throbbing detective magazine covers at the store. In those days, they'd show covers of scantily-clad women, bound and gagged and in peril, right out in the open. I'm dating myself, to be sure.

I also recall seeing a paperback of King Kong with a nearly naked girl on the cover, tied with her arms and legs wide apart, awaiting the arrival of the beast.
Then there was the time we visited some friends. I made a trip to the bathroom and there was a "men's adventure" magazine with a blonde on the cover, practically nude and bound to a pole by her wrists and ankles, being hauled off into the jungle by ferocious natives.

Looking back, it's amusing how preposterous some of these topics were. Nazis were very fashionable. Communists less so, it seems, but still represented. I don't doubt their real-life atrocities, but these magazines were completely over the top. I don't think a gulag master could think this stuff up.

But who could resist blurbs such as these?

The Deadly China Dolls of Torture Island
The Screaming Nudes and the Pit of the Damned
Tonight Satan Claims His Naked Bride
Tortured Sex Captive
Torture Death of the Bound Beauty

The Orientals came in for their share of scorn. Women tied over sharpened bamboo stakes. Be still my heart.

And then, of course, the poor jungle natives. Rich soil, indeed, for the hack writer with an overactive imagination to exploit and for the sweaty-palmed reader to jerk off to.

This type of literature seems to date back to at least the thirties when the dime novel appeared. These featured mainly crime stories. Then the various wars came along including the Cold War. In the sixties the detective magazines seemed to have made their appearance along with the men's adventure mags.

The detective magazines didn't pick on Nazis or communists, but focused on crazed biker gangs, introverted sex sadists, hippies and even queers and homos.

So, as you can see, this blog pays tribute to a venerable sex-and-sadism-damsel-in-distress body of literature that is, sadly, no longer with us today.

But mainly I just like the name.


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I used to have a paperback of "King Kong" - as far as I remember it didn't have the cover you describe, but was adorned with this artwork by the legendary Frank Frazetta.


Oh, nice pic.

The one I saw was in the 1960s.

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