Saturday, April 4, 2015

Original Eric Stanton & Steve Ditko art at the Taschen Gallery

"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!

 Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez
  
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.

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez
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.

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez
 Dian Hanson and Benedikt Taschen went off to lunch as I was left alone with this. Just amazing. 

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez
Just handling this art was an experience I'll never forget.

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez
Pure Steve Ditko. I begged Benedikt to include it in the show, but he decided to put it back in the vault.

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez

 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.

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez

 This page from "Divorce Agreement" (here, already framed) made the show and is currently on display to the public — at the Taschen Gallery.

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez

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." 

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez

This page from "Correspondence Letter B-1" made the show and is currently on display to the public.

Eric Stanton and Steve Ditko art assembled and archived by Richard Perez

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!

TASCHEN GALLERY
8070 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-9098

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1 comment:

  1. Richard,

    Ditko's inking and lettering is clearly apparent on these pages (perhaps some penciling as well in places, such as the man in "Divorce Agreement"). I assisted Taschen on their 75 Years of Marvel book, primarily on research, fact-checking and caption writing (I wrote most of the Ditko related captions;he has been - and remains - the comic book artist I most admire, respect and am endlessly fascinated by) and know first-hand the excellent work they produce. Do you know if this exhibit will be making its way to New York?

    My latest blog post may be of interest to you and your followers. I've discovered that Bill Ward assisted John Romita on an issue of Amazing Spider-Man shortly after Ditko left. You can read all about it here: http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2015/03/john-romitas-first-fanzine-interview.html

    Thanks for sharing these images and assembling them for the gallery.

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