**This first story of Eric’s life is written by my very good friend, Persephone. She is also one of the most beautiful fetish Goddesses in the world.
received a devastating blow when I was informed that legendary fetish artist
Eric Stanton had died on march 17th, 1999 at Veteran’s Affairs
Health Care Center in West Haven, CT. He had suffered a series of strokes since
1997 and his health had been failing.
was born Ernest A. Stanten in Brooklyn, NY on September 20th, 1926,
and became world famous for his artwork. He had worked for the Daily News in NY
as a cartoonist and the Brooklyn Mirror where he drew the comic strip “Smiling
Jack”. He was also a co-creator of Spiderman Comics, involved in the first
three issues and also created “Sweeter Gwen” and “Blunder Broad” comic
was a World War II Veteran serving with the Navy and a member of the VFW in
Clinton. Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, a daughter and a
grandchild. His children keep his legend alive with Stanton Archives.
than just an illustrator, he was a dear friend and wonderful man. My heart
bleeds with every thought of how kind he was to me the first time we met at
Glamourcon in 1995.
was there to compete in the Bettie Page look-a-like contest and he was to be one
of the judges. In fact, it was his vote that won me the title. I spent a great
deal of time chatting with him that day about John Willie’s art, his portrayal
of himself in a lot of his illustrations (Eric). He paid me a compliment I can
never forget. He said that to him I “was Bettie”, that I exuded all the
playfulness she had when he had the honor of shooting her so many years ago. I
paid him one as well telling him he was the little devil he had portrayed
himself to be in his drawings to which he simply responded with a sinister grin.
He then gave me a print signed “To Bettie/Persephone”. You can see a photo
of us together shot that same day on my links page.
until his death I kept in contact with him and his son, Tom, who remains a dear
friend. For Christmas of 1995, Eric sent me a signed original. Eric later sent
me a rough draft of a comic he was working on (with me as the main character)
which he unfortunately never finished. It is one of my most sacred possessions.
will be alive in my heart forever and his legacy precedes him. He had a very
rich life which even included a brief stint as a knife-thrower in a Russian
restaurant just after he left the Navy. His first love was erotic art, so he
wrote a letter to Irving Klaw for an interview. They became very good friends
and Klaw published his first comic book stories.
with him had its perks, one of which was placing Bettie Page and the other
models in bondage. Eric never minded that!
the New York Police Dept. came down on Klaw, Eric showed his loyalty by refusing
to testify though it meant the inevitable destruction of much of his earlier
work. His pieces were said to have been incinerated, though many pieces have
shown up in private collections worldwide.
went on to draw for LEG SHOW and HUSTLER turning Hugh Hefner and PLAYBOY away
because his page rate didn’t meet Eric’s standards. He even put out a series
of films called “Sweeter Gwen” which featured his wife, Britt.
thanks to E. N. Cuire and Tom Stanton for their selfless assistance and friendship.
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This second segment was written by “Master Zorro” – fetish
photographer for Reflections and Kinky Contacts
magazines. Also a man that I have enjoyed knowing and working with for nearly 25
Master Zorro recalls…
Stanton is one of the pioneer artists in the field of kinky, exotic, erotic
cartoon art. I first ran across Eric’s work while I was a Navy musician during
the Korean War. Much of his work appeared in girly magazines like “Titter”
and “High Heels”.
work was on a par with Bill Ward, Bilbrew, Eneg, Ram, Thomas, Mory and others.
Eric’s work looked much like John Willie’s art.
recently had the great pleasure of meeting Eric in Las Vegas. He was recovering
from a stroke, but still hard at work.
had some interesting tales about his life, and I was surprised to learn that he
had been a drinking buddy of Willie’s.
was to be present at our Dressed to Thrill Ball V in Las Vegas, but
unfortunately he was unable to attend due to a series of strokes that have left
him unable to travel.
segment by E. N. Cuire, an incredibly talented artist in his own right.
He has a Gallery on this site as well…
E. N. Cuire…
is surprising that although millions have enjoyed his work, little is known of
“erotic” Stanton first displayed his remarkable artistic talents during his
days with the legendary Irving Klaw. He was one of only few to capture the
essence of Betty Page in drawings. Betty was then to become the inspiration for
many of the characters that Eric created on paper.
has produced all manner of art, from paintings to comics books, from book covers
to calendar art. The artist in Stanton surfaced when he was in the U.S. Navy, as
he started sending drawings to the American Forces Newspapers. During this time,
he was also starting a mildly erotic art career by creating drawings for
there were few openings for returning sailors, so Eric waited tables and drew on
his half-Russian origins in becoming a Russian Dancer and knife-thrower. It was
during these years that he sent a cheeky letter to Irving Klaw, informing him
that someone called “Eric” was an artist who was much better than the
illustrator Klaw was using. The result was employment and, later, encouragement
to attend Art School, where Stanton’s skills were nurtured.
was after leaving Klaw that the Stanton Archives came into being. Stanton had
seen a lot of his work sold for considerable amounts of money. That’s how he
decided to go into business as his own publisher.
understanding of sexual fantasies grew as more fans wrote to him, requesting
books on their private fantasies. He became one of the contributors to the
Kinsey Report. Some of his original work is owned by the Kinsey Foundation.
work has been copied by many artists. Many have used Stanton stories with little
change, but, to his true fans, there is only one Eric Stanton. No matter how
much many try.
was a lover of women. Tall, beautiful, strong dominant ones. His second wife
Britt, herself a talented painter, some three inches taller than Eric, inspired
many Stanton characters.
Eric’s unique style of art and humor be the result of his mixture of Italian
and Russian genes? Whatever it is, true Stanton fans go on enjoying the work of
the Master of the Bizarre.
-- E. N. Cuire
friends have just about said it all. Like many, I’ve been a Stanton fan since
I was a teenage…we corresponded and exchanged magazines back and forth…and I
finally met Eric back in ’95 at the Glamourcon Convention in L.A. that
was delightful. Easy to laugh, with lots of stories to tell. The kind of person
you like immediately. We chatted as numerous fans came up to his tables to
admire his work and asked Eric questions. Every year the Glamourcon rolled
around I made sure I paid a visit to Eric. New artworks pouring from his pen
will be missed, but the man, Eric Stanton, will be missed even more.
Visit the Stanton website at: www.Stanton-Fetish.com