(Art) The Bondage Queens of Eric Stanton (NSFW)

Eric Stanton Lady in Charge

Eric Stanton (1926 – 1999; born Ernest Stanzoni Jr.) was an American underground cartoonist and fetish art pioneer. While Stanton began his career as a bondage fantasy artist for Irving Klaw, the majority of his later work depicted gender role reversal and proto-feminist female dominance scenarios.

Commissioned by Irving Klaw starting in the late 1940s, his bondage fantasy chapter serials earned him underground fame. Stanton also worked with several other pioneering underground fetish art publishers, and later magazine publisher George W. Mavety. For a decade, Stanton also shared a working studio with Marvel Comics legend Steve Ditko.

Past the soft-core era of the 1960s, his art became more transgressive. Creating a mail-order business in the 1970s named the “Stanton Archives,” Stanton sold his work directly to fans and, starting in 1982, issued offset staple-bound fan-inspired books known as “Stantoons,” producing more than a hundred before his death.

In 1984, Stanton had the only art exhibit in his lifetime at the New York City nightclub, Danceteria. [Wikipedia]