A Portrait of the King
As a Young Artist

Our Boy's Shocking,
Yet Wonderful, Discovery

     It all began in a New Jersey split-level in the swinging '60s, as the new hit series "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E." played on the televison. The beautiful spy April Dancer, portrayed by Stefanie Powers, gets into a fight with another woman -- and a strange thing happens to the young King, then a mere prince.
     Embarrassed, the small boy rushed from the room until the unexpected growth in his pants subsided. He thought much about this episode, and always had a crush on Ms. Powers. But it wasn't for several more years, when he reached puberty, that it all came together.
     It was Emma Peel, this time, who stole the young man's heart. Played by the great British actress Diana Rigg, Mrs. Peel was brilliant, beautiful, tough, 

Stefanie Powers as April Dancer

independant and oh-so sexy. And she fought! With men and women, and even got her hair pulled. The producers had me in mind, I knew that even then. This began a lifetime fascination with Mrs. Peel, as this website shows. 
     About this same time I discovered professional wrestling, as many boys do. But I was totally undone when the first women's wrestling match came on. Women fighting, brawling, and throwing each other around by the hair -- I hadn't dreamed of such a wonderful thing! 
     My next love was yet another redhead, the wonderful Velvet McIntyre. She was generally a "face," or fan favorite, who kept her hair fabulously long. It was targeted brutally by her opponents. Surely no one has been hair-mared as often as Velvet. The discovery of Mimi Hagiwara and Manami Toyota opened the door to the brutality of the Japanese game.   
     At the same time, my interest in comic books was quickly changing from Superman and Spider-Man to Supergirl and Spider-Woman, Wonder Woman, 















Batgirl, Ms. Marvel, and all those lovely superheroines. I've still got a big boxfull of them. I didn't merely collect them, though. I bought only those with great fight scenes, preferably catfights.   
   In the pre-internet days, I also found ​there was a small but thriving fetish market in women's fighting. I first stumbled on a section for them in the ratty old shop where we bought used comics. Wow, thought I. Later I took to visiting "adult bookstores," those shacks located on secondary highways on the edge of town. Women's fighting always had a tiny space on the edge of the huge S&M section. It was generally over-priced, low-quality, unrealistic "glamour" stuff. Yet, I kept going back because they offered me things I could find nowhere else.
​     Nowhere, that is, until the internet. But we're not there yet.
  

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel

Wonder Woman, Amazon Princess

Velvet McIntyre, WWF Ladies Champ

A Natural Talent, Unleashed 

From Ceramic Ashtrays to Battling Women

     Never a great student, the young Prince did show an early interest in art. Whether making a ceramic ashtray for his mother, building a table in wood-shop, or painting art-room still-lifes, he both enjoyed and showed some talent for the creative arts.
​     This interrest was soon going to take a new and passionate turn into women's fighting. Taking inspriration from TV, movies, pro wrestling and comics, as detailed above, I started drawing. Nothing but women in hand-to-hand combat. Soon I was filling pad after pad with scenes of beautiful, young, long-haired and buxom ladies going at it. Some pads were filled random sketches. Others are scene-by-scene depictions of epic catfights, always ending in grand victories and humiliating defeats.
    Essentially, from age 12, the King has drawn nothing but women. No men, no puppies, no still-lifes or abstracts. Nothing but females competing for supremacy.
     These drawings have always been kept secret. I felt there was something "dirty" about them, and I locked them in an old briefcase, away from the prying eyes of my parents. They only came out at night, but

The covers of two early attempts, on the left the very first.

come out they did. 
     Emma Peel is my muse and inspiration, the star of virtually all the drawings. The initial premise was to show what wasn't shown in the catfights that get 30-second clips on TV. Hair is pulled, punches are thrown, bodies are slammed.
    Eventually, this evolved into "The Girls Fight Club," with Emma and a group of lovelies, who engage in no-holds-barred matches that end in a pro-wrestling-style three-count pins. The losing woman is then trussed up, posed with, and carried out.  
    In classic wrestling terms, Mrs. Peel is the "face" in this world. And the evil "heels" she battles pull every dirty trick in the book on her -- hair-pulling, choking, low-blows, double-teaming. They punish her brutally. Emma always battles back, heroically, even if she finally ends up on the bottom side of a schoolgirl pin. 

    Mrs. Peel's opponents are drawn heavily from the baddies she faced on "The Avengers," including Katherine Schofield as Oyuka in " The Cybernauts ," Yolande Turner as Miss Peagram in "The 50,000 Pound Breakfast" and Patricia Haines as Holly Trent from "The Master Minds." She's also tangles with Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) and Tara King (Linda Thorson), the agents who preceded and followed her as Steed's partner .
     But we've welcomed ladies from all over, including Pam Greir as "Foxy Brown"; Queen Kong of pro-wreslting infamy (who literally crushes Emma); a special Manami Toyota vs. Aja Kong matchup; superheroines like Wonder Woman and Batgirl; and even a beautiful yet evil Nazi officer. 
     Oh, and you may notice, especially in later drawings, that Mrs. Peel has grown waist-length hair. My passion for long, beautiful hair is inextricably tied to my zeal for women's wrestling and hair-pulling. So, I brought them together in Emma, whose thick auburn locks would have been stunning at that length. More to love, and yank.   
     Many decades now have I been drawing, and I have kept virtually every single scrap of it. Eventually, I hope to post it all here. This is a start.

A more recent cover, plus a
hair-raising action scene.

Much More Girls Fight Club Action!