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Eric Stanton: For the Man Who Knows His Place (Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1997)

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

Although the majority of his work depicted female dominance scenarios, he also produced work showing the inverse. Stanton also incorporated bisexual,[1] homosexual,[1] incest,[2] transgender,[3] BDSM,[4] watersports,[5] scat[5] and bestiality[6] imagery into some of his later work.



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. 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[7] (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".[8] Ditko reportedly denied touching Stanton's work,[7] though Stanton himself said they would spot-ink each other's art.[7]

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".[9]

Later career

Blunder Broad. Detail, cover of Stantoons #5 (c. 1970s)

After Klaw died in 1966, Stanton supported himself via 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,[3] and the Amazon-like Princkazons.[3]

Blunder Broad

Stanton created Blunder Broad in the 1970s with writer Turk Winter[10], for use in a great number of pornographic BDSM stories, published over the years in black and white. A parody of Wonder Woman, Blunder Broad is an inept superheroine who continually fails in her missions and is invariably raped and tortured by her enemies, who include a lesbian supervillainess variably called Leopard Lady, Pussycat Galore, or Cheetah, and her male sidekick Count Dastardly. Blunder Broad can be deprived of her super strength when subjected to cunnilingus.


With "Lady Princker", Stanton and Shaltis (as well as Alan Throne and Winter) created the Princkazons storyline in which women around the world grew female penises, or "princks". These women also grew taller and stronger than men and began dominating and humiliating the men in public, including facesitting[3] and rape.[3]


In addition to books about his work, Stanton's art was reprinted in the 1990s in Fantagraphics Books' Eros Comix comic book Tops and Bottoms, issues subtitled "Bound Beauty" (#1), "Lady in Charge" (#2), "Broken Engagement" (#3), "Broken Engagement 2" (#4), as well as in that publisher's Bizarre Comix #3 and Confidential TV. The German publisher Taschen has published several collections.

See also

1960s Stanton pencils inked by studio-mate Steve Ditko,[11] from reprint comic Tops and Bottoms #1 (October 1997).


  1. ^ a b In Stantoons #54, for example
  2. ^ In Stantoons #22, for example
  3. ^ a b c d e In Stantoons #5, for example
  4. ^ In Stantoons #1, for example
  5. ^ a b In Stantoons #'s 6, 15 and 17, for example
  6. ^ In Stantoons #71, for example
  7. ^ a b c Ditko Looked Up: "Ditko & Stanton"
  8. ^ Riemschneider, Burkhard. Eric Stanton: For the Man Who Knows His Place (Benedikt Taschen Verlag "Amuse-Guele", 1997), p.4 (unnumbered) ISBN 3822881694, ISBN 978-3822881699
  9. ^ Theakston, Greg. The Steve Ditko Reader (Pure Imagination, Brooklyn, NY, 2002; ISBN 1-56685-011-8), p. 14 (unnumbered, misordered as page 16)
  10. ^ Eric Stanton, foreword to Blunder Broad, Glittering images, Firenze, 1991
  11. ^ Bell, Blake. Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko (Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, 2008), p. 50. ISBN 9781560979310


  • Kroll, Eric. The Art of Eric Stanton: For the Man Who Knows His Place (Taschen, 1997) ISBN 3-8228-8499-5
  • Kroll, Eric., Eric Stanton: She Dominates All and Other Stories Taschen, 2001) ISBN 3-8228-5565-0
  • Riemschneider, Burkhard. Eric Stanton, Reunion in Ropes. Taschen, 2001) ISBN 3-8228-5529-4
  • Eric Stanton bibliography (fan site)
  • Essay on Stanton Paperback Illustrations

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