Peter Driben, Flirt Magazine cover, 1955
Peter Driben (????-1975) was probably the most prolific pinup artist of the 40s and 50s, his catalog of work exceeding even Vargas and Elvgren. Driben was born in Boston, and studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1925. In 1941 he was contracted by close friend and publisher Robert Harrison to produce cover art for his new magazine Beauty Parade. He went on to paint covers for all of Harrison's magazines, including Titter, Flirt, Whisper, Wink and more, sometimes having as many as 6 covers published a month. You can recognize Driben's work easily because his cover girls are always very colorful and very leggy.
I wish I could scan and post the inside pages of this men's magazine for you; if you ever come across one, flip through it. I love that the spreads are all b&w cheesecake photos of women posed in the same impossible situations you see in the painted pin-ups (don't you just hate when your panties fall down around your ankles???). And, of course, you'll find Bettie Page in just about every men's mag from the 50s. Always a bonus.
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