Reina Bull, who often signed as Janine, was an artist working in the erotic publishing underground during the 1940s and 1950s. Janine’s ongoing series ‘The Adventures of Delia’ in the pages of Fads and Fancies magazine was very much in the popular tradition of the perpetually sexually imperilled heroine. Readers’ own sexual exploits were an important part of these mail-order magazines and were published side by side with comics and drawings. As an artist-for-hire Janine also provided memorable covers for science-fiction magazines and pulp fiction books for Todd Publishing, including titles by Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier.
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- Art and anarchy in British comics
As Oscar Wilde famously observed, ‘Everything in the world is about sex except sex’. There is something about the lens of desire that is particularly revealing about a culture.