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Gene Bilbrew aka Eneg (1923 - 1974)


Born in Los Angeles, Gene Bilbrew made his debut in the Los Angeles Sentinel with the series 'The Bronze Bomber', together with Bill Alexander. After this, he made the series 'Hercules' in Health Magazine. He then became an assistant to Will Eisner on 'The Spirit'. He met Eric Stanton, who suggested he start working for publisher Irving Klaw, editor of many books and comics on bondage. Bilbrew made his debut in this genre in 1951, and went on to create characters like Princess Elaine and Madame la Bondage. He used several pseudonyms, such as Van Road, G.B. Bondy and Eneg. --http://www.lambiek.net/eneg.htm

I’ve discovered more info about Bilbrew! Gene Bilbrew (1923-1971) produced a tremendous quantity of work for Irving Klaw and later publishers, such as Leonard Burtman. Bilbrew, an African-American, met Eric Stanton while both were students at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Here Bilbrew studied under Burne Hogarth, creator of the famous Tarzan comic strip. It was via Stanton that Bilbrew met and came to work for Klaw in 1951. --http://www.rebsart.com/Bios/bilbrew.asp

Gene Bilbrew (1923 - 1974) was a fetish artist who published "Exotique" magazine from 1956 to 1959. He drew under a range of pseudonyms, including ENEG. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENEG

b. 1923 - d. 1974 Los Angeles-born illustrator also known as Van Rod and Bondy. He began his fetish comic work in the late '40s and early '50s, producing strips for Irving Klaw's Movie Star News, after working for the Will Eisner Comic Book Studio. Eric Stanton -- who he'd met while attending Burne Hogarth's School of Visual Arts -- may have first introduced him to Irving Klaw. He largely set the standard that other fetish comics illustrators followed. As with many of the Movie Star News artists (Jim, Ruiz), the strips from the period he is best known for are few and far between, scattered among the hidden collections of his fans, as few of the originals have survived. He also drew for Fantasia, Exotique and Nutrix, and did forced-feminization art for the latter, although his bondage work is best remembered. --http://www.sweetchastity.com/who01.shtml


The Complete Reprint of Exotique: The First 36 Issues, 1951-1957 (2003) - Arthur C. Danto [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book cover for "The Complete Reprint of Exotique: The First 36 Issues, 1951-1957"

The fetish background is evident in the cover to ‘Captive in Lace' from Exotique. Note the corsets, gloves and extreme high heels. Also note the suggestively spread legs of the woman.

Exotique magazine was published by Leonard Burtman in New York City between 1955 and 1959. Gene Bilbrew, also known by his pseudonym ENEG, was an artist who contributed work to Burtman's publications but was not the publisher. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotique_%28fetish_magazine%29 [Jun 2005]

see also: Gene Bilbrew - exotica

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