After Shuster’s death, his unsigned work for low-rent bondage and discipline magazines of the early 1950′s were discovered. They had titles such as Nights of Horror, Pink Chemise, Black Chemise
, and Rod Rule
, which filled in some missing pieces of the Superman origin myth. Whether his contributions to these mobbed-up, under the counter publications were dictated, as Stan Lee
once argued, by Shuster’s financial desperation, or by a more complex mix of monetary need, revenge fantasy, and artistic predilection is uncertain. What is clear is that the images that went undiscovered represent some of Shuster’s best and, well, his most alluring work. Flagellation, bondage,
torture, teenage sex cults, drug addiction, lesbianism, oral sex
, exhibitionism, and voyeurism
were in abundant supply. In the illustrations, topless or barely-clad young women are the chief recipients of enthusiastic and often welcomed discipline. Well-muscled male torsos, in a few cases stripped to their boxers, are also the targets of whips, paddles, and hairbrushes in the hands of grim-faced mistresses.