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Eric Stanton Biography Tells All! Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground

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Like Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman, this is an illustrated cultural history and biography of an unconventional and subversive comic creator.

Atglen, PA (PRUnderground) October 10th, 2018

Who were the pioneers of American fetish art and how did they infiltrate the mainstream? What influence did its misunderstood trailblazer, Eric Stanton, really have on the creation of billion dollar properties such as Spider-Man and Dr. Strange? Was Marvel Comics legend Steve Ditko a proponent of fetish art?

Fetish art historian Richard Pérez Seves, author of the self-published hit CHARLES GUYETTE: Godfather of American Fetish Art, continues his deep, dangerous exploration of America’s most popular yet stigmatized counterculture with Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground, a visual, comprehensive, 288-page hardbound book by American art book leaders Schiffer Publishing.

With over 400 rare images personally collected over the past decade by Pérez Seves along with intimate interviews with Stanton’s family and closest associates, this groundbreaking biography chronicles the infamous circle of patrons, publishers and cult icons populating Stanton’s subterranean world, including Irving Klaw, John Willie, Bettie Page, Gene Bilbrew, and Steve Ditko.

Much like Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman, this is an illustrated cultural history and biography of an unconventional and subversive comic creator. It is both an exploration of a transgressive art form and an intimate character study of a misfit artist in search of an identity.

Tracing the rise of American fetish art from its shadowy beginnings in the 1940s to its commercial and mainstream acceptance in the 1970s, New York-based historian and collector Pérez Seves explores the maverick life of Eric Stanton, a pioneering sexual fantasist who helped shape the movement. But above all, it is a tale about survival against all odds and an artist who had the courage to stay true to himself.

Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground by Richard Pérez Seves

ISBN-13: 9780764355424

Size: 7 x 10 inches, hard cover, 288 pages, 280+ color and b/w images

Published: October 15 2018 by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, Pennsylvania

Price: US $29.99

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