The Search for Wighead, a comparison of artists and publishers.

I seem to have become somewhat obsessed by the uncovering of the identity of the artist known by the pseudonym “Wighead”, so if anyone already has the answer, please put me out of my misery and tell me who they are.

In the mean time, I have already started to explore the possible link between” Wighead”  and  “Marilac”, who I referenced in a previous post which included a communication with Chrispophe Bier, who is of the view that the two artist are one and the same i.e. Mario Laboccetta.

Link: Jim Galding. A Genoux Esclave.

Having explored further I have located a third candidate, another apparently concealed identity under the name “Davanzo”, who for me is now a favourite suspect for “Wighead”,  as Davanzo appears to arrive on the scene illustrating for Orties Blanches at the same time that illustrations appear by “Wighead” for Les editions du Couvre-Feu. I am unsure why a different name would be required, other than the fact that they were titles issued by competing publishers. It could of course be that they were two separate identities with one copying the other. I know beyond doubt that “L’Éducation de Chérubin” was printed by L’Imprimerie Darientiere in January 1934, from the printers colophon at the back of the book.

All three artists illustrated more conventional works using these same pseudonyms, Davanzo appears to have been the first of the three to illustrate flagellation themed novels, “L’Éducation de Chérubin” and “Iréne et son Esclave” both for Orties Blanches both dated 1934, (I now know that “Iréne et son Esclave” , was actually first printed in December 1933,and reissued in 1934) Most of his mainstream work was for Nillson and Gründ, as was the other work of both both Wighead and Marilac

Wighead illustrated several titles for Les editions du Couvre -Feu and Le  Jardin d’Eros between 1934 and 1938, although really difficult to date the earliest of these appears to be “L’Orgie Dominatrice” with an estimated date of 1934.

Marilac appears to have illustrated only two flagellation  books, both for Editions Prima , the cover only of “L’ Amour Fouette” (1930?) and all the illustrations for “Mademoiselle Cinglade”(1936), I am not confident of the date for “l’ Amour Fouette” as this coincided with the same title being published by  Editions Montmartre, apparently illustrated by “A Sauvage”, I have not had sight of this book.


So this is an attempt to start some discussion about these illustrators and publishers, there may well be other titles that I am unaware of, and I would be pleased to have any information that anyone can offer. But for the moment and hopefully to stimulate some interest I have selected below some illustrations which are chosen to show similarities in style between the three artists. I am limited in my ability to do this by the titles I have, I am fairly well off for” Wighead”, and although my illustrations for “L’Orgie Dominatrice” are from the German reprint they are the same illustrations. For “Davanzo” I have only  “L’Éducation de Chérubin” altough a copy of “Irene et son Esclave” is on its way. And for Marilac I have “l’Amour Foutte”, but as he only illustrated the cover of that, I have relied on the kindness of Christope Bier, who has provided copies of the illustrations for “Mademoiselle Cinglade”.


Below are sample images and links to other posts that have all the illustrations, your views and opinions are encouraged. so tell me what you think.


Marilac (1930?)

L'Amour Fouette Prima 1930


Davanzo 1934

L'Education de Cherubin Davanzo Orties Blanches 1934_0005


Wighead (1934?)

Jim Galding: Reitpeitschen un Küsse (Die Orgie der Dominas) Eros Publishing Hamburg n.d. (1980?) illustrated by Wighead, being a German translation of L'Orgie Dominatrice (1934)


Davanzo 1934

L'Education de Cherubin Davanzo Orties Blanches 1934_0011


Wighead (1934?)

Jim Galding: Reitpeitschen un Küsse (Die Orgie der Dominas) Eros Publishing Hamburg n.d. (1980?) illustrated by Wighead, being a German translation of L'Orgie Dominatrice (1934)


Davanzo 1934

L'Education de Cherubin Davanzo Orties Blanches 1934_0013


Wighead (1934?)

IMG_0006


The above are designed to give example to various comparative factors, from the poses, the faces and the odd placement of partial bodies, I hope you get the idea, you can continue to compare the two titles by following the links.

Liane de Lauris: L’Education Cherubin

Jim Galding: Reitpeitschen un Küsse (Die Orgie der Dominas) Eros Publishing Hamburg n.d. (1980?) illustrated by Wighead, being a German translation of L’Orgie Dominatrice (1934)


Now to move on to some possible comparisons between, Marilac,   (Mario Laboccetta) and Wighead. As i do not own a copy of “Mademoiselle Cinglade”  I have never posted the illustrations, and I am reliant here on the illustrations provided by Christophe Bier, and will post a selection of them for the purpose of comparison.

Marilac 1936

Mlle Cinglade_0004


Wighead 1938

Crueles Frenezies Editions du Couvre-Feu Wighead_0007


Marilac 1936

Mlle Cinglade_0007


Wighead 1935

Épouvantes Voluptueuses. Wighead 1935


Marilac 1936

Mlle Cinglade_0006


Wighead 1935

Épouvantes Voluptueuses. Wighead 1935


Marilac 1936

Mlle Cinglade_0001


Wighead 1935

Épouvantes Voluptueuses. Wighead 1935


It may be that there are other titles illustrated by Marilac that offer a better comparison. If you think there are please copy to me and I will continue to make comparisons.

See Links

Mlle Cinglade. Editions Prima. 1936

Jim Galding. A Genoux Esclave.

J. Van Styk; Les Cruelles Frénésies de Van den Rook

J.Van Styk. Épouvantes Voluptueuses.

6 thoughts on “The Search for Wighead, a comparison of artists and publishers.

  1. I agree with you: Davanzo’s work is much more similar to Widhead’s. Marilac’s work has more life, is less “photographic”. Did you publish “Mlle Cinglade” illustrations ? These ones shown here are great.

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    • Yes I agree if there is a connection I think it is “Davanzo” and “Wighead”. I did not publish the “Mlle” Cinglade illustrations because I don’t have the book, I do have all the images though, do you think that would be cheating?

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      • Well, as “amateur” I would be happy to see the illustrations. I think there is only one person who can complaint about publishing all the illustrations: it’s the artist 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Artist Comparison: Marilac (Mario Laboccetta) illustrations fro Mlle Cinglade. Editions Prima. 1936 | Paris Olympia Press

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  4. I doubt that Wighead and Marilac are the same illustration. If you have a look to the book Les batteuses d’hommes the illustrations are signed by Wighead. His signature is so far from Laboccetta hand writing that I can hardly believe that the two are the same person.
    ( know a lot about Laboccetta / Marilac as I wrote a short biography on him). I published a short version also on Papiers Nickeles.

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