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    Playboy #1 (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC FN- 5.5 White pages. Nice, eye-appealing copy of the classic premiere issue. At first look, it appears an even higher grade than CGC has awarded, but closer inspection reveals an accumulation of very minor stress points along the spine, just enough to preclude a higher grade. The white pages are a bonus.
    The initial "Sweetheart of the Month", of course was Marilyn Monroe -- Hugh Hefner definitely had his finger on the average, red-blooded American male's pulse! Including MM probably kept Hef's shoestring operation afloat long enough for his focused efforts to provide the definitive "Entertainment For Men" magazine succeeded.
    Besides Marilyn, the first issue offered up contributions from noted cartoonist Virgil Partch, a Sherlock Holmes adventure from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and an article on legendary bandleaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. Girls, the best in contemporary cartoons, fiction, fashion, music, and sports - it was a format that would prove successful and enduring to the present, nearly 60 years later.
    It all started with this issue!
    CGC has not yet provided census information for certified copies of Playboy #1.

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