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    Playboy #2 (HMH Publishing, 1954) Condition: VG. Hugh Hefner's innovative venture had little margin for failure; if Playboy hadn't been well-received right away, Hef's pet project would've folded. The second issue had a lower print run than the first and no Marilyn Monroe, but there was another Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a feature on cartoonist Milt Caniff's WWII strip Male Call, a two-page feature of holiday cartoons by Hef himself, and more "tasteful" bare-skin pictorials than in the premiere issue.

    With its lower print run, it's rarer than #1, and this is just the second copy we've offered in the past three years. This copy's in Very Good condition with overall wear indicative of having been read many times, but well-cared for overall. The spine shows stress, the staples show some rusting, and there is minor creasing at the corners of the covers. Inside, the book demonstrates off-white to white pages and a general appearance of a copy in Fine or better condition.

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