Bondage Comic Book Cover Gallery

Comics added Dec 17, 2022 | Bondage Covers

Bondage: More than Fifty Shades of Gray

Perhaps the most familiar written work featuring bondage is E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Gray. But bondage as an erotic exercise has existed since before recorded history, and in the case of comic books was without doubt a factor which contributed to the publication of Fred Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent in 1953, the infamous Senate Subcommitte on Juvenile Delinquency hearings in 1954. and the formation of the Comics Code Authority as 1954 came to a close, a direct result of the general cultural assault on the comic industry.

Bondage, as an artistic cover device to sell comics, originated early in the Golden Age of Comics. The Golden Age of Comics begins in 1938 with the publication of Action Comics #1, featuring the world’s first superhero – DC Comics’ Superman – and ends in 1956 with the publication of the debut of a second generation of successful superheroes in the 1950s – beginning with DC Comics’ new Flash in Showcase #4. Other sensationalistic cover devices to advance the sale of comic books – such as “headlights” and horror/gore – were likewise challenged by Wertham and the Senate Subcommittee and addressed by the Comics Code Authority. The bondage cover trend continued until the early Silver Age, when it was condemned by the Comics Code Authority.

Bondage covers are generally considered to illustrate the physical restraint of female characters by chains, ropes, shackles and other rope-like means, such as vines, roots, tentacles, snakes, etc., limited only to the artist’s imagination. The bound character may be gagged to enhance the sense of helplessness in the scene but not as a defining requirement. Bondage covers which feature male characters are far less common and, since the target audience is predominantly male, are not generally considered to exploit the female gender. The provocative appeal of bondage covers fueled their ongoing popularity and proliferation throughout the industry.

Perhaps the first depiction of a bound female on the cover of a comic book occurs in Jungle Comics #4 in April 1940. Bondage covers also grace Jungle Comics #6 (June 1940) and Jungle Comics #7 (July 1940). (Some may consider Jungle Comics #5 as a bondage cover, but the heroine is only restrained by a gorilla.) Jungle Comics, in its 163-issue run from 1940-1954, features the title’s fur-bikini clad heroine bound and helpless on no fewer than 50 covers.

Bondage first appears in the superhero genre in Action Comics #29 in October 1940, featuring the bound and gagged Lois Lane in her first-ever cover appearance.

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Sources: Comic Vine (Bondage Covers); Key Collector Comics (Bondage Covers)

Immortal Red Sonja #6 (Tiago Da Silva Waterfall Virgin Variant) – September 2022

Immortal Red Sonja #6 (Tiago Da Silva Waterfall Virgin Variant) – September 2022

Jungle Comics (Vol 4) #9 (Alessio Nocerino Variant) – September 2022

Jungle Comics (Vol 4) #9 (Alessio Nocerino Variant) – September 2022

Jungle Comics (Vol 4) #2 (Kelsey Shannon Variant) – January 2020

Jungle Comics (Vol 4) #2 (Kelsey Shannon Variant) – January 2020

Jungle Comics (Vol 4) #1 (Brian Denham Variant) – May 2019

Jungle Comics (Vol 4) #1 (Brian Denham Variant) – May 2019

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Tyler Kirkham Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Maskless Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Maskless Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Sketch Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Sketch Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Maskless Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Maskless Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Black & White Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Jim Balent Black & White Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] Virgin Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] Black & White Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Batman (Vol 3) #50 (Eric Basaldua [Ebas] Black & White Trade Dress Variant) – September 2018

Die Kitty Die #3 (Fernando Ruiz Variant) – December 2016

Die Kitty Die #3 (Fernando Ruiz Variant) – December 2016

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 1) Trade Paperback (J. Scott Campbell Cover) – October 2015

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 1) Trade Paperback (J. Scott Campbell Cover) – October 2015

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 2) #1 (J. Scott Campbell Bondage Variant) – November 2014

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 2) #1 (J. Scott Campbell Bondage Variant) – November 2014

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 2) #1 (J. Scott Campbell Solo Bondage Variant) – November 2014

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 2) #1 (J. Scott Campbell Solo Bondage Variant) – November 2014

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 2) #1 (J. Scott Campbell Bondage Sketch Variant) – November 2014

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Vol 2) #1 (J. Scott Campbell Bondage Sketch Variant) – November 2014

Warlord of Mars #20 (Lucio Parrillo Bondage Cover) – November 2013

Warlord of Mars #20 (Lucio Parrillo Bondage Cover) – November 2013

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee Sketch Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee Sketch Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee NYCC Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee NYCC Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee Combo Pack Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee Combo Pack Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee 2nd Printing Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Jim Lee 2nd Printing Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Regular Jim Lee Variant) – October 2012

Justice League (Vol 2) #12 (Regular Jim Lee Variant) – October 2012

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #19 (Fabiano Neves Bondage Variant) – September 2012

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #19 (Fabiano Neves Bondage Variant) – September 2012

Wonder Woman (Vol 4 New 52) #9 – July 2012

Wonder Woman (Vol 4 New 52) #9 – July 2012

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #12 (Paul Renaud Bondage Variant) – May 2012

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #12 (Paul Renaud Bondage Variant) – May 2012

Queen Sonja #10 (Lucio Parrillo Variant) – October 2010

Queen Sonja #10 (Lucio Parrillo Variant) – October 2010

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Escape from Wonderland #4 (Mike DeBalfo Variant) – January 2010

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Escape from Wonderland #4 (Mike DeBalfo Variant) – January 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Fearbook #1 (Juan Jose Ryp Red Foil Leather Variant) – June 2006

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Fearbook #1 (Juan Jose Ryp Red Foil Leather Variant) – June 2006

Danger Girl #5 (J. Scott Campbell Dark Forces Variant) – July 1999

Danger Girl #5 (J. Scott Campbell Dark Forces Variant) – July 1999

Danger Girl #5 (J. Scott Campbell Dark Forces Foil Variant) – July 1999

Danger Girl #5 (J. Scott Campbell Dark Forces Foil Variant) – July 1999

Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #83 (Brian Bolland Bondage Cover) – February 1994

Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #83 (Brian Bolland Bondage Cover) – February 1994

Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #75 (Brian Bolland Cover) – June 1993

Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #75 (Brian Bolland Cover) – June 1993

Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #67 (Brian Bolland Bondage Cover) – October 1992

Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #67 (Brian Bolland Bondage Cover) – October 1992

John Carter, Warlord of Mars #11 – April 1978

John Carter, Warlord of Mars #11 – April 1978

Phantom Lady #17 (Matt Baker Cover) – April 1948

Phantom Lady #17 (Matt Baker Cover) – April 1948

Wonder Woman #24 (1st Wonder Woman Bondage Cover; Harry G. Peter) – August 1947

Wonder Woman #24 (1st Wonder Woman Bondage Cover; Harry G. Peter) – August 1947

Action Comics #29 (First Bondage Cover for a Superhero Comic) – October 1940

Action Comics #29 (First Bondage Cover for a Superhero Comic) – October 1940