The list author says: "What good is an artist if he challenges nothing?
Spotlight: Eric Stanton (1926-99)
With its emphasis on gender role reversal and fetish sexuality, Eric's art may not be for everyone, but I believe it should be respected for what it is: evidence of a brave man, and Eric Stanton is a true American original, and no less unique (if not iconic) than Robert Crumb.
Eric Stanton started out his career with Irving Klaw for whom he illustrated "girls in distress" serials (aka bondage serials) while Bettie Page moonlighted for Klaw as a fetish model; later Eric would contribute to Lenny Burtman publications such as EXOTIQUE and his many Selbee magazines with titles like SATANA, STRIPARAMA, HIGH HEELS; and he would illustrate so-called sleaze paperback book covers for Stanley Malkin. It's for these paperbacks that he's probably best known. In the 1970s, with the end of the sexploitation era at hand, Eric survived through producing work for private patrons and tried his hand at self-publishing and in 1975 put out four books (listed below). He would further establish himself as an underground artist in the 1980s, creating a series of outrageous (and often shocking) booklets known as STANTOONS, which he would continue to produce till the late 1990s (105 total). He also contributed work to fetish-inclined publications like Dian Hanson's LEG SHOW (see below). Endlessly working, Eric would split his time between his home in Connecticut and Manhattan, where he often fielded private commissions and requests. In the end, he became much like Irving Klaw, publishing other artists through his "Stanton Archives," only that Eric was a true artist and not only a businessman. Eric Stanton followed his own muse when he could have easily become a superhero comic book artist (like his studio mate of 10 years, Steve Ditko). But Eric chose the hard road, and stayed true to himself, and for that he earns my highest admiration.
[-- Richard Perez, author of "Permanent Obscurity"]"
"The second major book on Stanton was publish by Taschen, a German publisher. Despite some factual errors, I highly recommend it. But make sure you get the coffee table book (which is huge and bulky) and not the mini (palm size) booklet, which has the same cover."
"This is Eric's earliest work originally produced for Irving Klaw but reprinted in the 1970s. These Bizarre Comix are great and not only feature Eric Stanton, but all of Irving Klaw's artists, including Eric's friend, Gene Bilbrew. 8 volumes were on Stanton, the first containing "Diana's Ordeal" and "Perils of Diana.""
"A great example of beautiful cover art that Eric would produce for the so-called sleaze paperbacks of the 1960s (for Stanley Malkin). The first was STRANGE HUNGERS, 1963, for an imprint called "First Niter""
"Published by Belier Press in 1976 - contains Eric's masterpiece, "The Return of Gwendoline" and the original "Sweeter Gwen," which Eric originally did for Lenny Burtman. (Steve Ditko did the inking.)"
"This is the updated version of color work started in the 1970s, I believe. I understand that most of the work was commissioned by the same individual, which accounts for the repetitiveness regarding corporal punishment, etc. (Eric was catering to a specific fetish with this individual.) Still worth owning though. And it contains some earlier pieces in front. 575 pages. Published by Taschen."
"The original published version, which includes artwork attributed to Eric Stanton but done by others. (Eric only wrote the stories). 704 pages. Either version is worth having. Pages in color printed on heavy glossy paper. It's worth noting that while these are "adult" stories, Eric Stanton rarely if ever depicts straight coitus (or XXX activity)."
"These Eros comics appeared in the 1990s, reprinting 1960s work Eric did with Steve Ditko and sold via mail order, in segments (or episodes). "The Kinky Hook" is among the best of those. 7 issues of Stanton's work was reprinted by Eros."
"Great. Note the subtitle of the series "Top & Bottoms," which is very much what Stanton was interested in: the sexual power dynamic of male/female ... and subverting that. So women were always portrayed behaving in traditionally masculine ways."
"Great. Hilarious. Actually contains the first serial labeled a "Stantoon," an episode called "My Husband, The Loser" (More about Stantoons in a future 'So You'd Like to' blog to be posted here on Amazon; please look for it. -- R. Perez)"
"Pretty funny. The cover art here is actually by Steve Ditko (Spider-Man co-creator), Eric's studio mate of 10 years. None of these comics are actually "Adult" stories; in fact, they're hardly PG-13 ... only that they toy with issues of gender, which is how they're subversive. This is actually "Top & Bottoms" volume 4"
"Originally self-published in 1975, but this is a reprint (the original was in color). All these illustrated stories share a similar theme: a reversal, turning the tables, which amounts to a power exchange. Wave bye bye to male privilege. Women always win in Eric Stanton's world."
"Pleasure Parade was a magazine that published several illustrated stories with a fetish theme. Interesting publication. These are hard to find, first appearing in the late 1970s. This one features mostly illustrator Fred Winter."
"Part 1, published in Italy, featuring Eric's Wonder Woman parody, Blunder Broad. Russ Meyer and Eric Stanton's similarities grow closer at this point; Russ Meyer's later films were called "Bustoons," while of course Stanton's were similarly called Stantoons -- each featuring women with greatly exaggerated proportions. Blunder Broad's sexploitation misadventures would have made Russ Meyer proud."
"Here's Dian Hanson's LEG SHOW, which was a successful re-invention of a magazine by the same name originally published by another Eric Stanton employer, Lenny Burtman. JUGS was another Dian Hanson magazine that Eric contributed to."
"Among the rare Stantoons featuring photos, which Eric (much like Irving Klaw) would sell via mail order. Here, featuring Eric's Wife, who would model/act for his productions under the character/stage name of "Camilla"."
"Rock'n'roll. Another rare Stantoons featuring photos. Camilla strikes again. I love that Eric took such pride in alternative projects like his photo series and wrestling/femdom videos (which are surprisingly tame by the standards of the day), and almost seem to hark back to the Klaw "battling women" loops."
"Princks ... are female genitalia mutations, so to speak. And these are fascinating female/male creations straight from the subconscious, worthy of psychoanalysis. (I'll go into more detail in a future blog.)"