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"Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei)

Posted in Comics & Manga, Eyecandy, Illustration, Medicine / Anatomy by Suzanne on March 3rd, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


© "Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei) - click to enlarge

I thought I'd post these amazing images mainly to make sure that the correct attribution isn't once again lost in the murky depths of the internets because they're outstanding works of sequential ero guro art that shouldn't remain hidden behind my FaceBook barrier.

A few months ago, the great Rapeblossom and I tumblred the above image looking for proper attribution because reverse search methods revealed nothing and we were both confused as to whether it could be a Suehiro Maruo piece. DR Tenge's exceptional technical analysis of things like shading and depth led us to rethink and consider a potential collaboration between artists so we submitted it to the experts of Same Hat! whose readership identified the albeit unnamed artist as the same master whose images have been floating around uncredited on tumblrs for years now:


From Kitan Club, April 1954 by "Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei) - click to enlarge

You can see the signature being the same in all of them, "Suk". The latter two are from the 1950s and appeared in a magazine called "Kitan Club" from April 1954 which Osamu Nomura has uploaded this very inspiring Flickr set of. If anyone has any more information on artist and magazine, please do get in touch.

So many thanks to the great team consisting of DR Tenge, Nana, Same Hat! and Osamu Nomura for making this a learning experience for us all and solving this conundrum and showing once again how much more insight and appreciation is won when things are properly attributed. We should do this more often.

ALL HAIL THE INTERNETS!

EDIT MARCH 4, 2011: Many thanks to sensei Substrom for this piece of information:

"I remember Blakat (timeless-shop.com) made a post on his livejournal of the train images and he credited them to Kazuhisa Hantei. When I asked for more info he said they were printed in a French-Japanese artzine called Popo Color but had no more info on the artist."

EDIT APRIL 22, 2011: Reader k. k. says

畔亭数久 can be translated as “Kuro Tei Su Ku” from the On reading of the kanji, actually.

And here are two pages which reference the artist as both “Gurote Suku” and “Hantei Kazuhisa”.

http://www.mandarake.co.jp/publish/akamatsu/aka_001.html

http://www.allnightpress.com/comic/maq/maqbbs09.html

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13 comments to " "Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei) "

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    substrom says:

    I remember Blakat (timeless-shop.com) made a post on his livejournal of the train images and he credited them to Kazuhisa Hantei.
    When I asked for more info he said they were printed in a French-Japanese artzine called Popo Color but had no more info on the artist.
    http://blakat.livejournal.com/8063.html#cutid1

    March 4th, 2011 at 3:35 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Oh, I KNEW I should have waited for your expertise on this!

    I guess we'll have to investigate further then.

    I don't really understand why they're flipped around though and whether "SUK" could be a short form of "Kazuhisa Hantei"?!

    As for Popo Color I actually do remember someone else mentioning that name and I looked it up only to find that the first Popo Color mag was published in 1996 and these images have "April 1954" in them so this might only be the secondary source.

    I think I'll add your input to the discusion too and eventually, we'll get the whole truth.

    I hope all is well.

    - S.

    March 4th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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    substrom says:

    Your info is correct, he used a pseudonym for Kitan Club.
    I'm just providing you with the only source I know of that used a real name.
    Maybe the publishers of Popo Color were given his real name because he was dead by the 90's or he didn't care to remain anonymous any more.
    Probably dead.

    March 4th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

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    k.k. says:

    Correction: Gurote Suku.

    March 5th, 2011 at 5:14 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Well no, not really, because that actually just translates to "grotesque", I believe, so I'll stick with what Substrom posted before. Thanks for getting in touch though.

    March 5th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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    rotring says:

    I think the catpee person from Same Hat! is right:
    Gorute Suke = gorutesuke = grotesque

    It seems to be the title of the train illustrations, he used the "pseudonym" 畔亭数久(=department of lakeside pavilion). Both sets at hugostrikesback's flickr contain this "name".

    March 5th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Yep, that's what I just said.

    As for 畔亭数久: You really can't translate that with Google translate which is why it's better left as it is.

    March 5th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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    AkaTako says:

    Those are really wonderfully disturbing! You make quite the detective.

    March 10th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Thanks! :D

    They're great, aren't they just?!

    I think all of the above make a great team of art detectives and maybe it could be a future career move? Who knows...

    March 10th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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    k.k. says:

    畔亭数久 can be translated as "Kuro Tei Su Ku" from the On reading of the kanji, actually.

    And here are two pages which reference the artist as both "Gurote Suku" and "Hantei Kazuhisa".
    http://www.mandarake.co.jp/publish/akamatsu/aka_001.html
    http://www.allnightpress.com/comic/maq/maqbbs09.html

    April 22nd, 2011 at 7:19 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Thanks so much! It's great that we're finding out more and more!

    I'll add your findings to the post, k.k.!

    April 22nd, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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    potla says:

    Good work, keep it up.

    October 4th, 2013 at 1:08 am

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    Technical Analysis says:

    Great art works like these definitely deserve to be praised. You most certainly have done a good job sharing them for us. I can tell that this art works slowly turning me into a fan. I'll be eagerly waiting for more updates on these in the future. Thanks for sharing.

    October 17th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

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