The Scandalous Covers of Whisper

Whisper  was a pulp magazine that was published in the 40s and the 50s.  It promised “a look through the keyhole” and the majority of the stories were about public and private scandals.  Today, the scandals are forgotten but Peter Driben’s cover art is remembered and sought by collectors.

Here is a sampling of the covers of Whisper.  All of these were illustrated (and signed) by pin-up artist Peter Driben.  As with most of Driben’s pin-up covers, the models are meant to be both sexy and innocent at the same time.  The headlines provide a look at what was once considered to be shocking in America.