Eric Stanton

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Eric Stanton (September 30, 1926–March 17, 1999; born Ernest Stanzoni) was an American bondage and fetish illustrator, cartoonist, and comic-book artist.

The majority of his work depicted female dominance scenarios.

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Biography

Early life and career

Born and raised in New York City, Stanton began his career in 1947 at Irving Klaw's Movie Star News company, gaining employment by boasting he could draw better than any of the artists then working for Klaw.[citation needed] He afterward attended the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, under Batman inker Jerry Robinson and others. One classmate was future Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, with whom Stanton shared a Manhattan studio at 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue from 1958 to 1966 or 1968 (accounts differ). Some of Stanton's work during this period shows Ditko influence[1] (see below), and the introduction to one book of Stanton's work says, "Eric Stanton drew his pictures in India ink, and they were then hand-coloured by Ditko".[2] Ditko reportedly denied touching Stanton's work,[1] though Stanton himself said they would spot-ink each other's art.[1]

Stanton, in a 1988 interview with comics historian Greg Theakston, recalled that though his contribution to Spider-Man was "almost nil", he and Ditko had "worked on storyboards together [and] I added a few ideas. But the whole thing was created by Steve on his own. ... I think I added the business about the webs coming out of his hands".[3]

Later career

After Klaw died in 1966, Stanton supported himself by self-publishing and distributing his work to a quasi-underground network of subscribers and patrons. His mimeographed/photocopied Stantoons comic-book series continued to his death in 1999 and featured many of his best-known post-Klaw concepts, including the superheroine Blunder Broad,[4] and the Amazon-like Princkazons.[4]

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