was during the 1960s
that Eric Stanton would produce the work he's probably best
remembered for: the so-called sleaze paperback paintings
for Stanley Malkin's Satellite Publishing Company. Actually,
Eric Stanton was one of founding members of that business
(purportedly along with mob-related publisher/store owner
Edward Mishkin), and it seems that Satellite Publishing
Co. was initially conceived around the idea of publishing
an original digest-sized fetish magazine. That magazine
was called Bound.
didn't last long: only 9 issues.
Each issue included a rare
subscription page through which it appears
the publishers intended to grow an audience. It just never
happened. (Or maybe, in the end, Malkin and Co. thought
the audience wasn't significant enough.)
Although Satellite continued
to produce digest sized publications throughout the 1960s,
these were mostly photo-illustrated fetish booklets (which
I'll also post on this site, as time permits), involving
girl-fighting, spanking, domination, bondage and, of course,
lesbian themes. Eric Stanton was evidently involved with
some of these, at least in the beginning; he would pose
the models dramatically (although the actual photography
was left to someone else).
(See more of these HERE.)
For Satellite Publishing
Co., the main focus shifted to producing inexpensive paperbacks.
And 4 new sub-publishing imprints were created by Stanley
Malkin: 1) First Niter, 2) After Hours, 3) Unique Books,
and 4) Wee Hours.
Eric Stanton would produce
the cover paintings for a majority of these imprints, although
other artists were brought in, on a freelance basis: Gene
Bilbrew, Bill Alexander, and Bill Ward.
Eric Stanton was put on
a salary, given a furnished apartment to live in, and told
to produce as many cover paintings as he could. Apparently,
this worked out well for him, and afterward Eric Stanton
would only have good things to say about his boss and patron,
Here are some of the beautiful
paperback book covers from that era. The 4 sub-imprints
(First Niter, After Hours, Unique Books, and Wee Hours)
lasted from 1963 to roughly 1968, when the sexploitation
paperback biz began to bottom out.
first one is listed below: First Niter (FN) #101, STRANGE
HUNGERS. (For a list of all the First Niter paperbacks,
And stay tuned for future
postings: these are some of my Stanton paperbacks/Satellite
publications, but not all....
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