[identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com posting in [community profile] scans_daily
I'd say that this was a "Context is for the weak" post...



but for Frank and Joe Hardy, this sort of (literal) manhandling IS the context...

Alas it's not actually a scene from inside, but WOW! what a cover image!

(I also didn't show the guest appearance in this issue of President Obama, as it just wouldn't have seemed right)



I'm tempted to quote Xander in Buffy, when he meets Vamp Willow in Doppelgangland and she hugs him rather forthrightly "This is verging on naughty touching, here." and "Hands! Hands in new places." but something tells me there are very few area's the Freres Hardy HAVEN'T been seized or grabbed by.

Graphic novels are just the latest place that Frank and Joe Hardy have brought their own brand of teen fraternal action adventure (Going strong in multiple media since 1927!), as well as brotherly bondage.

And they wasted no time on that latter point either (playing to your strengths, eh boys?); This next image is the front cover of issue 2 of 2005's "The Ocean of Osyria" by Scott Lobdell and Lea Hernandez, the first of the Papercutz comics featuring the Hardy Boys (which swiftly became a series of graphic novels instead)



These guys clearly have an unhealthily large amount of experience at this sort of thing as, after they eventually manage to purloin a knife from one of their guards, this is their reaction!



Now that just ain't a normal reaction!

In truth though, they are just continuing their long, long history of such things.

Stretching the concept of scans_daily just a tad, and if the Mods want me to remove the next section, please just ask, but since I did include comic scans I'm hoping for leniency...

When I was about 10 I found this sitting on the local bookshop shelves and realised that this was actually pretty damned cool looking... If I knew then, what I know now.... Look at it! there was dude in distress, bondage, tattooing AND being menaced by pirates (It's "MMMMPH! Like a Pirate Day") all on this one KIDS book cover!



Between this and Dick Grayson, my poor little nascent sensibilities didn't stand a chance!

A trip to the library to investigate further showed that this was far from an isolated incident! I've noticed that Joe tended to get the brunt of things on the UK covers... This is from "The Vanishing Thieves"



Dig the high heels there Joe!

And this one has a nice incipient vertiginous feeling to it.



But sometimes it was about the both of them... and no cover has been interpreted in quite so many fairly naughty ways as THIS one! (The finale of the book as the brothers captured, bound, gagged and left to go kaboom thanks to a time bomb, so it IS hard to resist, though some have tried!)







Golly! How did THEY get in there?!?



Heck, it even made it, very briefly and fuzzily, into the opening title sequence of the 1970's TV series (I would KILL to have been at THAT photo shoot)



...with the fluffy haired antics of Parker Stevenson as Frank and Shaun Cassidy as Joe. This was also confusing to my developing awareness that Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman was impressive but just wasn't appealing to me the way it was to the other guys in my class, whereas I though Joe Hardy was CUTE! (It also didn't help that Shaun Cassidy literally WAS prettier than not only Lynda Carter, but most of Charlies Angel's too)

And even in the 1990's when the books were reissued there was plenty of the good stuff.

This is from the new cover to The Whale Tattoo, also seen above.






And here are a couple of alternate takes on the "Melted Coins" cover







And I still cannot believe they got this cover past the publishers I mean LOOK at it! The best, and if I'm honest, probably ONLY painting of a cleavegag I've ever seen, and you can see the waterline is about a foot above Frank's head, and with the tide coming in things don't look good for them.



There's a brilliant interview with one of the artists here where he mentions the problems they had with the models in these pictures, with "Joe" growing a ponytail and a beergut when he went to University! :)

And I adore the lumberjack here, I mean he's just so.... lumberjack-y! And I won't even speculate as to why Joe has been tied to the post THAT way round, it's as if they wanted to leave that cute little ass in the tight jeans in a handily accessible position or something (Though I don't think slicing his big brother in two is Joe's idea of effective foreplay).




And there is further hope for the future too, as this is the cover of their NEXT graphic novel!



The more things change, eh boys? :)

Date: 2009-04-17 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluejaybirdie.insanejournal.com
Wow. Those are about as subtle as an anvil. Still, the graphin novel Hardy Boys are cute :)

Date: 2009-04-17 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
God, I'm so hot right now...

Undercover brothers hur hur hur

Date: 2009-04-17 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottyquick.insanejournal.com
I just want to say I love your icon. I love it whenever I see it but I'm never sure if I tell you so I figure I should because it's better to tell you twice then never.

YAY! LEA HERNANDEZ ART!

Date: 2009-04-18 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
Thanks! What I love about InsaneJournal is that you can pull up any pic from your personal library and then cut out a small portion to turn into an icon! I lost so much time when we first started, just making icon, icon, icon..in case I need, for instance, Surprise!Buttsexx, Baby in Microwave, etc. %D

Just so it's out of the way...

Date: 2009-04-18 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lbd_nytetrayn.insanejournal.com
Does Frank set up the criminal with a Twist of Fate so Joe can close the case with a Swanton Bomb?

--LBD "Nytetrayn"

Date: 2009-04-18 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magus_69.insanejournal.com
Mmm... tied up boys... and they're legal!

Date: 2009-04-18 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skitty_kat.insanejournal.com
*happy sigh*
I used to read loads of Hardy Boys when I was younger. I remember being devastated when they killed off Joe's girlfriend Iola (was that her name?), particularly as I read about it in one of the books that came after the fact.
Used to read Nancy Drew too -though my favourite was always her friend George, who was basically George from the Famous Five grown up. One of my favourite books was one where she got kidnapped. Hmm...

Y'know, between Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Famous Five, the Three Investigators et al ... it's only the lack of smugglers, caves, buried treasure and lumberjacks that denied me the chance to become the child investigator I should have been.

Canadian Culture Moment

Date: 2009-04-20 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Time for some history!!

Both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew were written by the same man, A Canadian writer named Leslie McFarlane. He was paid approximately $100 per book AND GOT NO ROYALTIES EVER FOR ANY SUBSEQUENT PRINTINGS, TV, MOVIES OR ANYTHING.

Date: 2009-04-18 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queen_marshed.insanejournal.com
Wow, they sure were catering for a select audience there...these pants seem to have gotten tighter...

Date: 2009-04-18 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com
A Sean Cassidy fan, eh? I was all about Parker Stevenson in that show. ::sigh:: I'm so thrilled you got a screencap of the picture for the show.

Is it me, or is that "Always" line terribly romantic?

Date: 2009-04-18 10:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com
p.s. Isn't there that comic where Dick tells Wally he never read Hardy Boys becuase he was sort of "beyond them?" You can see what he means now. He must have read them saying, "Look, I read books so I can find out about exciting lives. These boys are just getting tied up tightly and threatened by bad men. That's just me on every other Tuesday."

Date: 2009-04-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteryfan.insanejournal.com
That is a very fun link. Thanks!

Do you remember if they actually did almost tattoo a tied-up Joe? If it's only on the cover, I will still never get over that being used either in text or in picture form.

Date: 2009-04-19 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteryfan.insanejournal.com
OH MY GOD. You're not kidding. Good lord!

I'm choking on my coffee, here.

Is Joe forever marked? I must know!!!!

WOw. Leslie McFarlane, I mean Mr. Dixon, those are some kinds of um... 'children's books' you were writing...

Date: 2009-04-20 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteryfan.insanejournal.com
ahahaha!! OMG!

But first you must be in the proper mood. ?!?!?!!

What WOULD this fiend attempt next? I hope it's not a dire plan!

I'm not sure he could be more graphic if he was being more graphic, you know? Frankln W. Dixon: absolutely shameless, God bless him.

Good lord!

Date: 2011-02-18 07:19 am (UTC)
blackruzsa: Made by fox4859 on dA (damien wayne)
From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
ohmygodohmygodohmygod THE LAST TIME I READ THIS WAS FROM BONDAGE FICTION
not that I read those often, mind you.

OH GOD XD

Date: 2009-04-19 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteryfan.insanejournal.com
Hahaha:) Thanks!

So weird about the... well, I'm fascinated by the mechanics of the writing of this series and Nancy Drew, which I believe had even more of a stable of pulp authors turning them out.

Interesting.

I saw that the Melted Coins was supposedly written by McFarlane based on an outline by a Mrs. Harriet S. Adams.

Date: 2009-04-18 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteryfan.insanejournal.com
Me too with the Parker Stevenson, although Shaun was pretty darn cute, someone in my house may have had a copy of Da Doo Run Run, or however it's spelled AND he produced American Gothic (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111880).

But oh, Parker. I just looked at a picture of him back in the show.

I saw a little girl of probably about 8 reading Tiger Beat in the grocery store the other day. It made me smile.

Date: 2009-04-18 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteryfan.insanejournal.com
I didn't see "Invasion", but heh.

Date: 2009-04-18 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com
I give you the ur-Winchesters. :)

(also, between them, the Hardys suffered about as much head trauma as Hal Jordan. It's a wonder they can still feed themselves at this point.)

Date: 2009-04-20 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] proteus_lives.insanejournal.com
Dude, Hardy Boys! I read about a million of those when I was little. I liked them but I always thought "Why don't they just kill them?"

Date: 2009-05-01 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metrosessuale.insanejournal.com
Bless you, icon_uk. Years before 'Supernatural' happened, when I was a child, I wanted to read naughty things about these brothers. Together. Uh huh. In fact, now I badly want some slash. I once found an archive of many stories, but they had a strict 'no incest!!!1' policy, I think. Spoilsports.

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