The Press: 17 Men & a Girl

Esquire magazine hasn't had a girl it could call its own since a judge gave the Varga girl back to aggrieved Artist Alberto Vargas (TIME, May 13). Vargas said he had been outsmarted in the fine print of his contract with Esquire's Publisher David Smart. Last week at a Hollywood cocktail party, Publisher Smart unveiled the Varga Girl's successor. The new deal was not one girl but a gallery full, drawn not by one artist but by 17 of them.

For his best paid and most featured new girls, Smart signed on a pair of Hollywood studio draftsmen named Joseph De Mers...

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