Posted 5 years ago
Outlandish and close to obscene during the early 1960s when they were published, the vintage sleaze paperbacks illustrated by Eric Stanton were not widely distributed compared to the mass-market paperback books from major publishers. "First Niter" was a mob-connected publishing endeavor run by Stanley Malkin based in New York City (As was "Wee Hours" one of which is included here). The text is tame but as the cover had to sell the book, they hired the best. Eric Stanton was a cartoonist trained at the forerunner of the School of Visual Arts in New York, and MAJOR revelations about the artist's career (hint…think no less than Spiderman) will be revealed in the forthcoming book "The Creativity of Ditko" late this year. The market for these relics from the early days of smut are increasingly sought by book collectors for their striking colors and themes which at the time were bizarre, to say the least…but which reflected undercurrents of society just starting to emerge. The forthcoming book will certainly spark additional interest in this artist who kept a big secret his entire life.
Collection of "First Niter" vintage sleaze paperbacks illustrated by Eric Stanton Collection Jim Linderman of Vintage Sleaze the Blog