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Publication Dates: October, 1933 to present
Publication Info: Monthly magazine for men, widely popular for the Esquire Girl pinup artwork by George Petty and Antonio Vargas (Varga) during the late 30s and 40s. Esquire set the standards in American male culture in the pre-war years through the 50s, when Playboy was founded by Hugh Hefner (a former Esquire employee) and other men's magazines took much of the wind out of Esquire's sails.
The magazine struggled for identity through the turbulent 60s and 70s, but by the mid to late 80s had regained at least some of its former cultural and political integrity. Esquire continues to this day to offer a slice of American sophistication, though the field for this particular audience is rather crowded.
PRICING & COLLECTING INFO:
Volume 1, #1: Initial publication