Russ Meyer / Eric Stanton Smackdown!
1. Both emerged
from Burlesque culture
2. Both were veterans of World War II
3. Both were abandoned by their biologically
fathers earlier in life
4. Both had willful mothers that they admired
5. Both idolized strong, big-boobed, imposing women
6. Both chose
sexploitation early on as their medium
7. Both can be regarded as fetish artists!
8. Both were essentially self-employed, self-reliant,
9. Both created their own unique, eccentric,
10. Both were outsiders, never renouncing their life-choice as artists
Eric Stanton: freelance artist
"Striparama," above (early 1960s)
Russ Meyer: freelance photographer, 1959
(model: Virginia Bell)
to frequent collaborator and longtime lover Kitten
Meyer's love of dominant women extended to his personal
and he was almost always in a tumultuous relationship.
McDonough, Jimmy, Big Bosoms and Square
Topless and wearing
red books on the right is Kitten Natividad; in the
middle is Jennifer Jordan, aka Jutka Goz (wife of
Lenny Burtman and former Eric Stanton employer)
Stantoons, Eric Stanton + Steve Ditko,
Originally published early 1960s
Tura Santana again, in Faster Pussycat! Kill!... Kill! (1965)
I once asked Tura Satana:
Y'know, Eric Stanton was collected by Howard Hughes,
Frank Sinatra, Elvis. Were you or Russ Meyer ever
influenced by fetish artist Eric Stanton? The
character of Varla from Faster Pussycat Kill!
Kill! seems incredibly close to his ideal.
Russ is deceased, I can't ask him but to answerI
can't say whether Russ knew of him, but I had
never heard of Mr. Stanton. I had a habit of
always wearing black because it is one color
that has always been favorable to me. As for
the leather gloves, I started wearing those
when I was around 12 yrs, old when I was the
leader of an all girl vigilante gang. It kept
me from messing up my hands when we would break
up fights and stop guys from attacking other
girls in the neighborhood like I had been. This
way, I didn't scrape my knuckles or break of
Stanton passed away in 1999, but did you ever
meet him while he was alive? Any connection
to him at all?
TURA: No, I
have never met Mr. Eric Stanton, that I know
of. The clothes that I wore in FPKK were mine,
the only thing that Russ bought was another
pair of black jeans so that I would have a change
of clothes after the fight scenes. I could have
met Mr. Stanton when I was a dancer, but I could
not swear to it. It is possible that he created
his female character after seeing me somewhere?
PERMANENT OBSCURITY: Or a Cautionary Tale Of Two Girls and Their Misadventures
with Drugs, Pornography, and Death : a novel by Richard Perez
: is a kind of Thelma and Louise, sexploitation/tabloid inspired
story set in the East Village, NYC, a story of two down-and-out gals, both
would-be artists, who set out to make a femdom movie with disastrous results.