Fetish/sexploitation artifacts + history: 1945 - 1971 ~ with minor forays into contemporary retro-vintage style and art. The luminaries of this shadowy subcultural universe include: Eric Stanton, Steve Ditko, Gene Bilbrew, Bettie Page, John Willie, Irving Klaw, Edward Mishkin, Leonard Burtman, Stanley Malkin, and Bill Ward....
"A Dull Day in The Neighborhood," the complete set of "Correspondence
Letter B-1" and "Correspondence Letter B-2," which collectively would
later be republished as "Confidential TV," 22 pages (out of 24) of "The
Kinky Hook," 4 pages of "Divorce Agreement" — these are just some of
the Stanton/Ditko art items owned by Benedikt Taschen, and much of the
material passed through my hands this past week as I urged him to put as much
of it on display as possible — and put it all in a separate room too.
Currently on display — and offered for sale — at the Taschen
Gallery in Los Angeles is a selection of collaborative art produced by
Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko between 1966 and 1967, just after Ditko
walked out on Marvel. You may NEVER have another opportunity to see this
original artwork again in your lifetime!
Here I am holding page 1 of the comic
originally known as "On a Kinky Hook," 1966 (Stantoons Inc.; Stanley
Malkin, Stanton) — for the Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles.
I was laying out these pages at the gallery about a week ago. Benedikt Taschen hardly understood what it was it.
He just wanted me to assemble it in order.
Dian Hanson and Benedikt Taschen went off to lunch as I was left alone to assemble this. Just amazing.
Just awesome ... handling this art was an experience I'll never forget.
Pure Steve Ditko. I begged Benedikt to include it in the show, but he decided to put it back in the vault.
This page from "Correspondence
Letter B-2" made the show and is currently on display to the public — at the Taschen Gallery.
This page from "On a Kinky Hook" (here, already framed) made the show and is currently on display to the public — at the Taschen Gallery.
This page from "Divorce Agreement" (here, already framed) made the show and is currently on display to the public — at the Taschen Gallery.
This page made the show and is currently on
display to the public. The inking is excellent! You can see Ditko (or
Stanton) used Zip-A-Tone and what appears to be Wite-Out for the
highlights. What do you think? It's also from "Divorce Agreement."
This page from "Correspondence
Letter B-1" made the show and is currently on
display to the public.
I hope you'll check out the show in person. It's worth a visit. Also included in the exhibit are works by John Willie, Gene Bilbrew, Bill Ward, Bill Alexander, the artist known as "B&G," Robert Blue, Allen Jones, and of course Elmer Batters. The show features 85 gorgeously framed original pieces of Eric Stanton art never seen before in public + a huge collection of Stanton artifacts like his colorful '60s paperbacks, magazines, and interior art for Exotique and Selbee magazines — on display right now and FREE to the public — until May 24.
This is truly a rare event!
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