Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Off The Shelf

The Art Of
Eric Stanton
For the Man who Knows his Place
Editor: Eric Kroll
Publishers: Taschen

If you're not into bondage, naked domination, whips and knarley bed posts, best look away now!

A large publication measuring 34 x 26 cms and 350 pages stuffed with sketches, colour illustrations and photographs of stocking clad bodies of men and women.

Eric Stanton is a New Yorker and was born in 1922 and died in 1999. He started work at Movie Star news and went to college with Steve Ditko one of the creators of Spiderman. He got into creating his own comic books early on and with names like The Kinky Hook, Bound Beauty and Confidential TV,  you know where they are coming from.

Best to use a quote from to explain Eric better:
"Eric Stanton was a fetish artist. That's not to say he was a pornographer. Yet. It wasn't until the 1970s and the end of the sexploitation era with the birth of (XXX) hardcore, that he would begin to stray in that direction (and then never in a conventional way); at this time, while sharing working space with Ditko, the comics and illustrations were really just PG-rated. The only thing that suggested they might be pornographic were the themes, which might venture into exploitation territory ("exploitation" as it's often used to define movies), themes that were then considered taboo by more mainstream comic publishers (who were, after all, in the business of providing "entertainment for kids"). These scenarios leaned toward various subdivisions within the sub-genre of sexploitation that first emerged from cheesecake magazines like BEAUTY PARADE and WINK"

Enough said, lets take a look...

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