Friday, May 2, 2014

Irving Klaw's PLEASURE PARADE #1: Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, John Willie, Gene Bilbrew, Adolfo Marino Ruiz

Bettie Page, Eric Stanton, Eneg, John Willie, Ruiz, Richard Pérez Seves

Another knockout from Irving Klaw's Nutrix era (1958 - 1964) is this very cool 1959 digest: Pleasure Parade, the second such 5x7" booklet published by Klaw and the first anthology to feature an all-star Irving Klaw line-up. I mean everyone's in this one: Bettie Page (or "Betty" Page as she was known then), Eric Stanton, John Willie, Gene Bilbrew (a.k.a. "Eneg"), Adolfo Ruiz. I was happy to finally locate a copy. The artifact that I own (that you see above) is an original Nutrix ... not a "Mutrix" reprint from the 1970s. (In fact, I'm not sure if it was even reproduced as a Mutrix publication.) So whose idea was Pleasure Parade? According to publisher J.B. Rund, who first wrote about Pleasure Parade in 1975 (Swank, August), it was Eric Stanton who first suggested the idea of the anthology to Klaw. At the time it was Stanton who had the closest relationship of any artist to Klaw. It could be said, in fact, that in some ways Stanton was Klaw's protégé. Here's a cool illustration done by Stanton -- only one of several inside:

Eric Stanton, Irving Klaw's Pleasure Parade, Richard Pérez Seves

Another by Stanton:

Eric Stanton, Irving Klaw's Pleasure Parade, Richard Pérez Seves
A killer Bettie Page:

Bettie Page, Richard Pérez Seves

Pleasure Parade also features some rare, unsigned John Willie illustrations. The first looks like a sketch from his famous "Pony Girl" fantasy series ... done when/where? The jury is out. Maybe John Willie aficionados can weigh in with more specifics?

John Willie, Richard Pérez Seves

 Now here's my favorite John Willie, mysteriously signed (and on the wrong side) "B":

John Willie, Richard Pérez Seves

Look at those garters. I love the delicacy conveyed in John Willie's fantasy women:

John Willie, Richard Pérez Seves

Fragile and beautiful:

John Willie, Richard Pérez Seves

Gene Bilbrew (a.k.a. "Eneg") art is also featured in the book. This particular pony girl illustration is very distinctive of his highly stylized '50s Klaw work:

Eneg, Richard Pérez Seves

The last I'll mention is Mexican artist Adolfo Marino Ruiz (simply known to Klaw fans as "Ruiz").  Love his good girl art and think he's under-appreciated:

Ruiz, Richard Pérez Seves

 Pleasure Parade #1 (formally known as Pleasure Parade, Volume One, No. One) is classic Nutrix.

Not to be left out in the cold, Edward Mishkin -- Times Square bookstore operator and publisher -- (then a thorn in Klaw's side) produced a piracy -- a poor substitute for the real thing, but interesting nevertheless. Here's my copy below. Such piracies can be identified by the white border (usually on the bottom), in addition to the murky quality of reproduced images:

Eddie Mishkin Piracy, Richard Pérez Seves

It so happens I prefer to handle the Mishkin piracy more than the original since I'm less concerned about keeping it in great condition. But here's a close-up of what you'd be missing from the less degraded Klaw original (... and this is not good scan):

Bettie Page, Richard Pérez Seves

Now that I have your attention with Bettie, allow me to post a pic of Irving Klaw.

Klaw, Richard Pérez Seves

Now this is Edward "Eddie" Mishkin, Times Square operator/publisher, nemesis of Klaw.

Eddie Mishkin, Richard Pérez Seves

I'll be profiling Irving Klaw and Edward Mishkin (as well as Leonard Burtman, Stanley Malkin, Steve Ditko, Bettie page et al.), in my upcoming (2018) illustrated hardcover biography, Eric Stanton & the History of the Bizarre Underground.

Richard Pérez Seves

=> Index ~ of FetHistory ~ From the Beginning:

Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art

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Charles Guyette reviewed by Tony Mitchell, The Fetishistas

"Charles Guyette is a name that you might have seen mentioned in passing in books about the ‘golden age’ of American fetish imagery — the period from the mid 1930s to early ’60s associated with the publishing work of Irving Klaw, John Willie, Robert Harrison and Leonard Burtman among others. But the chances are, these were indeed only passing mentions...."

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1 comment:

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