Eric Stanton (1926-1999) was an American illustrator whose images of submissive men at the mercy of sexually powerful woman subverted the gender politics of his lifetime. Stanton was born in Brooklyn and served in the Navy during World War II. In 1948 he began drawing ‘fighting girl’ serials for the infamous publisher Irving Klaw and spent the next 50 years creating fetish illustrations, serial stories, and pulp paperback book covers in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, and multi-media collage. His subject matter included female dominance, bondage, face sitting, and transgender themes, with a particular taste for tales of male degradation. He famously shared a studio with comic legend Steve Ditko and assisted in the creation of Spider-Man. Stanton is the subject of several TASCHEN books and artworks.
Eric Stanton created fantasy scenarios where female characters took revenge, often violently, on men; humiliating them, disciplining them, and engaging them in various kinky activities. Stanton used bold color and elongated figures to produce images of vivacious and dynamic women who suffered no fools. Amongst his creations is the superheroine Blunder Broad and the Amazon-like Princkazons. These recurring characters featured in his self-published Stantoons comic-book series.
With an already strong catalogue of vintage erotica, TASCHEN Books has now brought together the very best of Stanton’s erotic comic art in some collections. TASCHEN publications on the artist feature rare and popular reprints of many of Stanton’s cartoon serials from the 1950s and 1960s, with titles like Dianna’s Ordeal, Priscilla: Queen of Escapes, Poor Pamela, Bound in Leather, Rita’s School of Discipline, and Helga’s Search for Slaves. Eric Stanton’s drawings were both inspired by and contributed to the development of BDSM and erotic practices. While his depictions of sexually superior women may be yet another male fantasy, his work leverages feminist concerns and holds a significant place in the still-being-written history of erotic art.