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    Playboy #1 (HMH Publishing, 1953) Condition: VG/FN. When former Esquire copywriter Hugh Hefner borrowed $8,000 from 45 investors to launch Playboy in 1953, he wasn't sure whether his venture would last more than a few issues. But, boy, did it -- in the process, becoming an American institution and arguably one of the country's most influential publications in a relatively short time. The intelligent mix of sex, humor, fine fiction, and timely articles was just what men were looking for as the sexual revolution kicked into high gear.

    The first issue, of course, featured the famous Marilyn Monroe pinup, the beginning of the regular Playmate of the Month feature for which the magazine became best-known. Other features in the first issue were "VIP On Sex" a series of cartoons by popular cartoonist Virgil Partch, a Big Band Jazz article on the Dorsey Brothers, fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the first installment of Playboy Party Jokes. It was an instant classic!

    Our offering is a nice copy with minor accumulated wear along the cover edges and along the spine. The interior pages are nicer, and the Marilyn page -- well, just check it out at our website! You'll also notice a date stamp of "Nov 11 1953" at the top right corner of the front cover, which identifies the copy as one of the earliest to be mailed from the distributor.

    An added attraction is the inclusion of the original subscription mailing wrapper, also viewable at our website. Interest in this issue has increased dramatically in recent years, and if you're one of the interested parties, this is a fine representation of the premiere edition.

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