Perhaps if the man born Ernest Stanzoni in New York City in 1926 had grown taller, all would have been different. As it happened, he topped out around 5’5” (165 cm), making him smaller and weaker than many women, and rather than bemoan this shortcoming, he chose to eroticize it. Then, like Robert Crumb
and Tom of Finland
to follow, he put his fantasies on paper.
Stanton produced paperback book covers, magazine illustrations, comics and even wrestling and smother videos, but what he is best known for is his Stantoons
: self-published 16- to 28-page booklets produced between 1982 and his death in 1999
. These booklets best represent Stanton’s rich and complex fantasy life, as well as the lives of his fans, whose fantasies he also incorporated. This new edition of The Dominant Wives & Other Stories
, brings together the finest of the Stantoons
,along with Stanton’s most famous series for Irving Klaw: Bound in Leather
, parts 1 and 2. Done in pencil, pen and ink, gouache and mixed media, these 20 stories represent the best of Stanton, who himself represents the best of fetish.