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"Suk" (Kazuhisa Hantei)

by Suzanne on March 3rd, 2011

© "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.


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”.