Gene Bilbrew

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Eugene "Gene" Bilbrew (June 29, 1923 – May 1974) was an African-American cartoonist and fetish artist and was among the most prolific illustrators of fetish oriented pulp fiction book covers.wikipedia
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Eugene "Gene" Bilbrew (June 29, 1923 – May 1974) was an African-American cartoonist and fetish artist and was among the most prolific illustrators of fetish oriented pulp fiction book covers. Bilbrew's notability began in the early 1950s, when through the suggestion of Eric Stanton, he enlisted as a fetish artist to produce work for Irving Klaw.
Gene Bilbrew (a.k.a. Eneg, Bondy)

Irving Klaw

Bilbrew's notability began in the early 1950s, when through the suggestion of Eric Stanton, he enlisted as a fetish artist to produce work for Irving Klaw.
His great contribution to the world was to commission fetish art (with the likes of models like Bettie Page, June King, Joan Rydell, Jackie Miller, et al.) and sponsor illustrative artists (like Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbrew, and many others), and to indirectly promote the legacy of Charles Guyette and John Willie.

Eric Stanton

Bilbrew's notability began in the early 1950s, when through the suggestion of Eric Stanton, he enlisted as a fetish artist to produce work for Irving Klaw. According to Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbrew died of an overdose in the back of a Times Square adult bookstore in May, 1974.
Another was Gene Bilbrew, whom he introduced to Klaw.

General Features

Bilbrew's Clifford was syndicated as a weekly comic strip by General Features from 1951 to 1952.
Clifford by Gene Bilbrew (1951–1952) — weekly strip featuring a character created by Jules Feiffer as a backup feature in Will Eisner's The Spirit comics

John Willie

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Willie was introduced to the American fetish underground by Charles Guyette, and later worked with Irving Klaw, the infamous BDSM merchandiser later charged with obscenity, but he is best known for his fetish cartoon character Sweet Gwendoline, which he drew in a style that influenced later artists such as Gene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton.

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Many of the 'classic' 1940s, 1950s and 1960s-era fetish artists such as Eric Stanton and Gene Bilbrew began their careers at Irving Klaw's Movie Star News company (later Nutrix), creating drawings for episodic illustrated bondage stories.

Exotique

He also produced many illustrations for Leonard Burtman, publisher of Exotique, a fetish magazine between 1955 and 1959.
Fetish artists Eric Stanton and Gene Bilbrew, also known by his pseudonym ENEG, were frequent contributors to this magazine and others produced by Burtman.

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Gene Bilbrew

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Eugene "Gene" Bilbrew (June 29, 1923 – May 1974) was an African-American cartoonist and fetish artist and was among the most prolific illustrators of fetish oriented pulp fiction book covers.

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Bilbrew was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and showed an early talent for drawing and performed with the Basin Street Boys as a singer.

Los Angeles Sentinel

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He began his career at the Los Angeles Sentinel, an African-American newspaper, where he illustrated the comic strip series The Bronze Bomber that he coauthored with Bill Alexander.

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He began his career at the Los Angeles Sentinel, an African-American newspaper, where he illustrated the comic strip series The Bronze Bomber that he coauthored with Bill Alexander.

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He began his career at the Los Angeles Sentinel, an African-American newspaper, where he illustrated the comic strip series The Bronze Bomber that he coauthored with Bill Alexander.

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Throughout his life, he took freelance assignments within the African American community, later producing modernized cover art for Victorian-era lottery numbers books such as the Gypsy Witch Dream Book and Old Aunt Dinah's Dream Book for the Wholesale Sales Corp.

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Around 1951 Bilbrew became an assistant to the hugely influential comics artist Will Eisner, on The Spirit, where Bilbrew took over the back-up series Clifford—a little-kid humour page—after its originator Jules Feiffer was drafted into the army.

Will Eisner

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Around 1951 Bilbrew became an assistant to the hugely influential comics artist Will Eisner, on The Spirit, where Bilbrew took over the back-up series Clifford—a little-kid humour page—after its originator Jules Feiffer was drafted into the army.

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Around 1951 Bilbrew became an assistant to the hugely influential comics artist Will Eisner, on The Spirit, where Bilbrew took over the back-up series Clifford—a little-kid humour page—after its originator Jules Feiffer was drafted into the army.

Jules Feiffer

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Around 1951 Bilbrew became an assistant to the hugely influential comics artist Will Eisner, on The Spirit, where Bilbrew took over the back-up series Clifford—a little-kid humour page—after its originator Jules Feiffer was drafted into the army.

Fetish magazine

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He also produced many illustrations for Leonard Burtman, publisher of Exotique, a fetish magazine between 1955 and 1959.

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According to Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbrew died of an overdose in the back of a Times Square adult bookstore in May, 1974.

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Gene Bilbrew (1923–1974), cartoonist and fetish artist

Adult comics

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In the 1950s Irving Klaw published a line of underground fetish and bondage comics by artists like Eric Stanton, John Willie, and Gene Bilbrew.

1974 in comics

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May: Gene Bilbrew, American cartoonist and fetish artist, dies at age 50.