Confidential Trading Cards - NO box
"Tells the Facts and Names the
Names" for only $9.95!
One of the publishing phenomenons of the
1950s (along with Playboy and MAD)
was Robert Harrison's no-holds-barred CONFIDENTIAL
Magazine. America had long had an insatiable appetite
for "dirt" about its Hollywood stars, politicians and
other celebrities. Gossip columnists of the era like Hedda
Hopper, Louella Parsons and Walter Winchell
fed juicy tidbits to millions daily, but the news tended to be
tenuous, suggestive, was often manufactured by studios and P.R.
men, and it generally fell well short of explicit information.
Harrison changed everything overnight with the in-your-face
Confidential. He was a scandalmonger who relished
dishing dirt in great mounds, paying his reporters and tipsters
well to find the most embarrassing photographs, and salacious
stories to be had. Everything Harrison printed was based
on some sort of affidavit, so he was tough to sue. Confidential
became a sensation. "Respectable" people in the '50s,
of course, didn't read the magazine, meaning they didn't read
it openly. Confidential was the '50s forerunner
to supermarket tabloids, but more audacious. By 1955 its circulation
was an astounding 3 million.
This remarkable 36-card set reproduces
the most sensational Confidential covers--- revealing
lurid stories about "Why Frank Sinatra is the Tarzan
of the Boudoir"... "The Real Reason for Marilyn
Monroe's Divorce"... "My Night with Elvis Presley!"..."Why
Winston Churchill Should Spank his Daughter Sarah!"...
"The Weird Love Life of Charlie 'Yardbird'
Parker"... "The Skeletons in Red Skelton's
Closet"... "Why the Mob Protects Bobo Rockefeller"..."[Pioneer
Transvestite] Christine Jorgensen's Romance with a Vanderbilt
Stepson"... "Errol Flynn's Wicked, Wicked
Ways With Me"... "When Liz Taylor's Away, Mike
[Todd] will Play"..."Castro Raped
My Teen-Age Daughter!"... "Negroes Can Elect
the Next President!"... "The Wife Clark Gable
Forgot!"..."Why Orson Welles Bit the Lip of
Eartha Kitt"... "Why Joe DiMaggio is
Striking Out with Marilyn Monroe"..."Love Without
Men in Women's Prisons"... James Dean Knew
He Had a Date with Death."... "Hank Bauer, Mickey
Mantle and Billy Martin: They Were Playing
Night Games ---But Not Baseball!"...and "Robert
Mitchum: The Nude Who Came to Dinner."
---or just the hint of it--- seemed to hold a special appeal
for Confidential. Numerous cover stories focused
on mixed race relations: "Orson Welles & His
Chocolate Bon Bon"...What Broke Up the Billy Eckstein-Denise
Darcel Romance?"...Billy Daniels & His
Blonde Babysitter"... "Mae West's Open
Door Policy for Muscle [pictured with a black boxer]"..."Marlon
Brando & His Tan Tootsie"..."Pearl
Bailey & the [white] Drummer Boy"... "Doris
Duke & Her African Prince"... and
of course "Will Hollywood Blackball Sammy Davis,
Jr. and May Britt?"
Homosexuality was Harrison's other
favorite scandal. Confidential was the first to
expose that Liberace was gay. The flamboyant pianist
sued the magazine after the following cover story appeared: "Why
Liberace's Theme-Song Should be 'Mad About the Boys'!"
They were going to run a similar exposé on "lavender
boy" Rock Hudson's then-secret sexual predilections,
but Hudson's studio (Universal) bought off Confidential
with $10,000 and information about Rory Calhoun's
prison past. Publisher Harrison also attacked his gossip
competition with "Louella Parsons: Hollywood's Hatchet
The back of each card, by sleaze historian
John Wooley, provides a fascinating summary of each issue's
sordid content, with a running history of the magazine. This
is a must-have card set for anyone interested in gossip. This
Confidential card set was originally published
in 1993 by Kitchen Sink Press.
We are offering these complete, original
36-card sets in Near Mint/Mint condition, minus only the
original box, for just $9.95.