Starting in 1940, he replaced George Petty for the American Esquire magazine and drew over 180 different pin-ups . In order to keep the rights to the images permanently, Esquire enforced that the "s" was omitted from Vargas. When Alberto Vargas later left Esquire to switch to Playboy around 1956 , he was forbidden to use the name Varga for future drawings. Thus he signed with his full name Vargas in the future. Hugh Hefner was a huge Vargas fan who worked for Playboy for over 20 years .
More than 150 of his work is on display today at the Spencer Museum of Art, Mississippi.
Alberto Vargas died of a heart attack at the age of 87.
- Varga , Tom Robotham, 1991, Brompton Books ISBN 1-85422-522-7 .
- The Great American Pin-Up , Charles G. Martignette, Louis K. Meisel, 1996 Paperback ISBN 3-8228-8402-2 .
- Literature by and about Alberto Vargas in the catalog of the German National Library
- Alberto Vargas, a history, family photos and gallery.
- Vargas on "The Pin-Up Files"
- Alberto Vargas Biography
- Artwork on the American Art Archives web site
- American National Biography Online
- New York Times obituary
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Varga (stage name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Peruvian draftsman|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 9, 1896|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Arequipa , Peru|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 30, 1982|
|Place of death||los Angeles|