Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Art of Eric Stanton

Ernest Stanozoni c ( Eric Stanton) was a pioneer in erotic art and founding father of fetish art. He is rated alongside John Willie as one of the all-time greats of erotic and comic book artists. Irving Klaw was the legendary publisher and photographer of stars like Betty Page and gave Stanton his first start into comic book publishing. The artist was born in New York in 1926 and from an early age became a consummate drawer. Even his earliest comics were full of sexy girls, which cause some consternation to his father. Whilst serving in the US Navy he amused his fellow shipmates by drawing scantily-clad girls on their handkerchiefs. Once back in Civvy Street he went to the School of Visual Arts in 1951 before working as a commercial artist. Stanton did not specialize in Petticoat Punishment but did illustrate several stories on the theme.

From 1958 to 1966, he shared a studio with his friend Steve Ditko (creator of Spiderman). They collaborated and Stanton drew outline in India Ink whilst Ditko hand-colored them. The artist became well-known for his mail-order picture stories as well as his legendary cover designs for erotic magazines and novels. During the mid seventies Stanton became more interested in feminist views and many of his erotic adventures depicting Amazonian women reflected this in his genuine attempt (sometimes misunderstood) to reverse the stereotypical image of female oppression. Eric Stanton passed away on March 17, 1999. It is still possible to buy prints of Stanton’s original works with both original and previously unpublished material. Many contemporary artists still continue to use the Stanton style of artwork.

Interesting link
Art Gallery by Eric Stanton

Eric Stanton: Reunion in ropes & other stories Kőln: Taschen 2001
Eric Stanton: For the man who knows his place Kőln: Taschen 1996

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