In the world of cult fame, Eric Stanton holds a unique position. For years, his artwork has been enjoyed around the globe, appreciated by millions, yet few will admit to knowing his work publicly, fewer still will even admit to knowing his name. Such is the fate of a fetish artist.
If ever there was a creative individual from the sexploitation era it would be Eric Stanton. More like an outsider artist, there’s no question his iconic renderings are the most pirated from artists around the globe.
Biographical facts about his life are often contradictory and murky. This could be because Stanton would sometimes contribute to this misinformation personally. There’s even some question of his real name: was he born “Ernest Stanzoni” as claimed in the huge Eric Kroll coffee table book? Or is his birth name “Ernest Stanten,” as claimed by Belier publisher and personal friend and associate, J.B. Rund? One will never know and that is part of his mysterious appeal.
Here is what we do know: Eric Stanton was born and raised in Brooklyn, the child of Russian immigrants. The true direction of his life took shape when he wrote to Irving Klaw, an underground publisher and distributor of kink material and boasted to Klaw that he could “do better,” meaning better than the fighting girl episodes he had purchased via his mail-order business. Invited to show what he could do, Stanton contributed his own sexy catfight illustrations, which although primitive Klaw bought and later sold, taking on the young man at his legitimate shop, Movie Star News.
Stanton produced numerous paperback book covers, magazine illustration, comics and even wrestling and smother videos. However, what he is best known for is his Stantoons. A series of self-published booklets created between 1982 and 1999. These booklets highlight Stanton’s fantasy life and that of his fans. Although no longer alive, the art of Stanton will live in infamy forever and ever.
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