How lucky is someone with generous friends! I'm super-lucky because I have so many, and one such pal is Fritz die Spinne. Fritz sent me just before Hexmas a great helliday gift--a scan of the cover story that scandal rag Whisper ran in its February 1956 issue. It's titled "James Dean's Black Madonna", and it's a trashy bit of rumor-mongering designed to make Vampira (actress/model Maila Nurmi), TV's first horror host, look supernaturally culpable for actor James Dean's death. It's apparently a lot of fiction laid on top of a few facts, such as the friendship that existed between James Dean and Maila (not "Myla" as the magazine spells it).
The scans shared here have apparently never been shared anywhere on the web before. (Fritz has sites of his own he could share them at, but he chooses to be kind to TDSH and all its readers; he's MAD, I tell you!)
In fact, Fritz previously shared here a 1955 People Today magazine article on Vampira, when Maila Nurmi's character was just beginning to make waves in American pop culture.
If you're a lover of weird music (which of course you are)--do yourself a favor and keep an eye on Fritz' new Curse of the Hearse recording label website. Soon to feature releases that fans of post, Goth and deathrock music will die for! And for macabre model hobbyists, Fritz' Headless Hearseman site is a great place to buy resin model kits and custom nameplates.
Now, the scans:
Here's Fritz' fixed-up image of the damaged cover, a thoughtful addition to all the cool scans he sent: