A little Wink, Flirt and Titter, Peter Driben's colorful mid-century magazine covers. His name is less familiar than Vargas and Elvgren's, but his brilliantly colored and voluptuous pin-ups are well known. Peter Driben's career began in 1934, with covers for La Paree Stories, Pep Stories, Snappy, New York Nights, and Bedtime Stories.
He progressed to High Heel, Silk Stocking Stories, Gay Book, and Joker, but true fame arrived in 1944 with his first cover for Beauty Parade. For the next 11 years Driben painted the most popular magazine covers in America for Beauty Parade, Wink, Titter, Eyeful, Flirt, and Whisper magazines.
Long after his death he was rediscovered as the subject of Taschen's The Best of American Girlie Magazines and since has decorated T-shirts and coffee mugs, album covers, and tattooed tushes. Now get started with a fine overview of his career by Dian Hanson, and over 200 of his original paintings and published covers, from the beginning to the end of his prolific career, in a light, portable and affordable edition.
Highlights for us are the early covers, for magazines and digests including Joker, Comedy, Gayety and Snap...just four of many girlie magazines published by Martin Goodman --the same Martin Goodman who published Timely and first hired his son-in-law Stan Lee to assist Joe Simon on Capt. America and Marvel Mystery Comics! These fun titles look just like their comic counterparts (I think Joker and Comedy used the exact logos of the comics). These early Driben covers can easily be mistaken for work by the prolific Alex Schomberg.