Eric Stanton

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F/fff Spanking illustration by Eric Stanton.

Eric Stanton, born Ernest Stanzoni, (September 30, 1926 - March 17, 1999), was a well-known 20th century BDSM and fetish artist.

The majority of his work depicted Female dominance (Femdom, F/F and F/M) scenarios, but Eric Stanton also produced work showing the inverse. He also incorporated bisexual, homosexual and transgender imagery into some of his later work.

Eric Stanton was also known as Savage and John Bee.


Montage of Stanton artwork from Bizarre Comix.

Eric Stanton began his career in 1947 at Irving Klaw's Movie Star News company, gaining employment by boasting that he could draw better than any of the artists currently working for Klaw. He shared a studio with Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko between 1958 and 1966. Some of Stanton's work during this period shows heavy Ditko influence — or even collaboration — although Ditko has continually denied contributing to Stanton's art.

After Irving Klaw died in 1966, Stanton supported himself via self-publishing and distributing his work to a quasi-underground network of subcribers and patrons.

In the 1980s, Stanton started publishing a series of small mimeographed/photocopied booklets called his Stantoons. The Stantoons series continued to his death in 1999 and featured many of his most well-known post-Klaw concepts such as Blunder Broad (a sexy parody of Wonder Woman) and the Princkazons.

In 1984 he had the only exhibition of his career, an important and rare show of his art at the Danceteria club in New York City.

In 1985 the magazine Leg Show published The Fantasy World of Eric Stanton, which contained his series Sweeter Gwen, Fighting Juanita, Muscle Girls and Bonnie and Clara (illustrated by Fred Winter).

Eric Stanton's femdom/malesub art[edit]

Eric Stanton preferred to draw F/M scenes because he liked strong yet beautiful and feminine women in the top position, like superheroines. "I always like the dominance of the female. Men are ugly. Who wants to see a man?", he once told Eric Kroll [1].

This seems to imply that Stanton put the focus in his works on the top character, rather than on the bottom. This is somewhat unusual. Many artists and fans of spanking art focus on the bottom character instead. They may like X/F scenes, for example, because the female spankee looks so attractive when in a helpless position, her bare buttocks upturned and spanked. Stanton, on the other hand, always tried to make the dominant look attractive, and not so much the bottom.

Other artists who draw strong, dominant women include Banjo, Whizzer Black, Hata Deli, Jay Em, Laurent Lebeau, Bernard Montorgueil, Nate, Bill Ward and Benton Wilkins.

Bélier Press reprints[edit]

Starting in the late 1970s, Bélier Press, a New York publisher of vintage erotica, reprinted many of Stanton's comic serials in its 24 volume Bizarre Comix series. These books are still available from Bélier.

Titles by Stanton from the 1950s and '60s include: Dianna's Ordeal, Perils of Dianna, Priscilla: Queen of Escapes, Poor Pamela, Bound in Leather, Duchess of the Bastille, Bizarre Museum, Pleasure Bound, Rita's School of Discipline, Mrs. Tyrant's Finishing School, Fifi Chastises Her Maids, A Hazardous Journey, Helga's Search for Slaves, Madame Discipline, and Girls' Figure Training Academy.

Similar artists from this era are also represented in the Bizarre Comix series including Eneg (Gene Bilbrew), and Adolfo M. Ruiz.


References and further reading[edit]

  • Eric Kroll, The Art of Eric Stanton: For the Man Who Knows His Place. Taschen, 1997 ISBN 3822884995.
  • Burckhard Riemschneider, Eric Stanton, Reunion in Ropes. Taschen, 2001. ISBN 3822855294.
  • Eric Kroll, Eric Stanton: She Dominates All and Other Stories. Taschen, 2001. ISBN 3822855650.

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