Franco’s spanking pictures proliferate on the web and must be known to most of my readers. He also has produced a number of imaginative pictures you might classify as ‘lab experiments and machines’. These sometimes feature spanking but are generally focused on the milking of men who are effectively made captives for the duration of the experiment.
In the spanking arena the sheer volume of Franco's work commands respect. Much of it is of the standard 'over the knee', older-younger scenario. I could not resist showing this young man's voluptuous bottom, beefy 'jock' thighs and puzzled expression as an otherwise prim and proper older man exacts a punishment he wouldn't have expected at his age. His decidedly skimpy and flimsy-looking underpants add a frisson of extra interest. In Franco's work the older spanker is usually presented in this ‘desexualised’ way. That is to say they are fully dressed in very conventional, formal clothing and their faces are mature and not particularly attractive, often gaunt and shrew-like. However the faces he draws are very varied and often strikingly realistic adult ‘types’.
|Brat Spank by Franco|
Franco's also makes good use of clothing in his pictures. The recipient of the spanking is usually naked from the waist down only. This focuses attention on the lower body 'target' area, which is usually lusciously shaped and presented with sensual skin toning and highlighting similar to Tom of Finland's style.
Superficially the retained T-shirt preserves 'decency' and a tenuous link with the idea that this is just a domestic punishment scene. The collar and tie usually worn by the prim-looking punisher (e.g. in the first picture of this article) is part of that smokescreen and at the same time a wry comment on the dubious motives of 'respectable' disciplinarians in times gone by. However this image is different and, unusually for Franco, the spanker himself looks young and virile and his shirt is open revealing a muscular torso and suggesting erotic possibilities of a sort that Franco usually avoided. In this context the boyish good looks of the recipient look decidedly dicey to modern eyes.
In this early picture there is nothing boyish about the man being spanked, in fact he looks quite the tough guy. Even the open, braced position of his feet says manly - continued manly acceptance despite being reduced to tears by this serious butt-roasting. The spanker's appearance, his face, torso and clothing seem equally 'butch' but his pressed together feet - a pose more usually associated with women than men - gives him an effeminate air. It suggests to the viewer that he may have sexual inclinations and motives of which his victim is unaware and would be horrified if he found out. Despite it's artistic imperfections it's a good joke and an excellent depiction of man-on-man humiliation. The slightly baggy socks, by the way, seem to bear the influence of Etienne and there are echoes of his style in other aspects of the picture too.
|Franco - Stick it Out!|
Interestingly, Franco's spanking settings are nearly always domestic like this or (even more controversially) in class-rooms. He rarely uses uniformed authoritarian figures like cops or the military and for that matter I have only seen one leather dungeon scene by him. There's quite a substantial group of pictures of men being spanked by older women but I hope my readers will forgive me if I pass them by without comment. Nor do I propose to discuss his images of Priests spanking young boys - oh dear!
The Franco genre that really works for me is the ‘lab rat’ stuff (like Poor Jock above) in which young men are attached to machines for milking, probing or mechanised spanking. These are overtly sexual and Franco beautifully portrays the victim’s dismay and the professor’s evil interest. This example is particularly erotic and delightfully simple. I can just visualise the 'poor jock' lying down on the couch for a routine examination, naively allowing straps across his chest on some pretext, then finding he's helpless to prevent his wrists being secured too. Before he knows it, his legs are hoisted in the air and an invasive examination begins in earnest. The cock drawn through the legs where he cannot see or protect it seems to emphasise his vulnerability and the purely functional, impersonal role which he is going to be expected to fulfil.
|Franco - Milked|
|Franco - Milkomatic|
|Franco - The Orgasmatron|
|Franco - Vibrator Torment|
|Franco - Dr Bottomthrobs Spanking Machine|
~A final section of Franco’s work worth mentioning is a group showing men spanked and tormented by Monks. I am wary of 'historical costumes' in erotica and always dubious about religious overtones, but I like the sinister mood conjured up by the monk’s cowled gowns which put me in mind of Indiana Jones-like, tomb raider punishments. Monks have something of a reputation for inflexibility and harshness in dealings with the outside world. It's as a result of their austere lifestyle, focused on self abasement and prayer but these are attitudes which makes them ideal villain material for more fantastical types of bdsm imagery.
|Franco - Monk Muscle Spank|
|Franco - Spankus Ye Bare bottom|
|Franco - Monks Tickle Ordeal|
Tickling is a fetish of sorts, but it's one which has rarely troubled these pages, until now. Franco's Monks practise it a great deal, more for their own amusement than any one else's. I imagine most captives would be embarrassed by it's absurdity, rather than feeling threatened by it. However this fecund, naked, young man has responded to the feather's allure and now finds himself trapped by his own eager libido and a tormentor well versed in his esoteric craft. They don't have TV in Monasteries you see. I admit it's a sexy picture though.
|Franco - Monk Sucking|
As in other Franco images the captive's restraint is contrived to expose and display his undercarriage to the full and the Monk is taking full advantage. The gentle explorations of his right hand are no less erotic, possibly more so than the mouthful he is helping himself to. A glimpse of twiddling toes and gleaming skin provides graphic evidence that his manipulations are not falling entirely on stony ground.