Gotham's original bondage Boy Wonder... Bowery Billy!
Years ago, when still a novice at this interwebs thing I was trying random word searches as part of my contribution to mankinds insatiable quest for porn... (Hey at least I'm honest about it)
One of the things to emerge was that there's nothing new under the sun... Case in point, some of the earliest examples of "Plucky streetwise hero in peril" I could locate, these dating back to the "Dime novels" of the late 1800's and early 1900's.
So let me introduce you to... "Bowery Billy" written by, as every single cover tells us "John R Conway, PRIVATE DETECTIVE"
I include this cover, not for the bondage but because it was the only decent snapshot of a complete cover I could find, plus the cover demonstrates the fact that every story had a subtitle, and that "Trapped by Wireless" was cutting edge stuff!
Just remember that the good guys are the one brandishing the crowbar and the one throwing the chair...
Of course, it wasn't all overweight middle aged me he faced... and more than a few times, he found himself in rather... outré situations, which doubtless went on to inspire the writers of other heroes, most notably the Hardy Boys and their ilk....
The subtextual moral of this one is "Unions are evil and we must deal with any organisers harshly"
Teenage hero in Gotham in a red tunic... naaaaahhhh! :)
An inspired critique on the then prevalent policing techniques? Or did he just wander into THAT part of town... judging by the talent hanging around, I suspect the latter...
All I can say about this next one is that unless his ankles are tied to the wheel, friction in a very sensitive area is about to get, really, REALLY painful.
The cad has not only tied poor Billy to a chair with a time bomb, he's knocked his hat off!
An early appearance by Popeye as a psychotic swimming teacher... (and I have no idea what a "street trimmer" was, but it sounds... salacious!
This one... well, there are no words... The sub-title alone is enough to raise eyebrows, but the text at the bottom takes it to the next level.
Not Beb the Bosom... I mean Bob the Besom! If this was Batman she's be an insane opera singer seeking a captive audience, and as for what she's done to that poor beast she's standing on... it'll never recover from THAT.
Nothing I can say can improve the sheer WTF? of THIS one....
Wine tasting EXTREEEEEEEEEME!
And I found this one by chance... "All I can say is, if this is what they mean by Animal Husbandry, then I'm changing my major to Accountancy"
And proof that sometimes you can go overboard with your deathtrap...