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    Playboy Group (HMH Publishing Co., 1954-1957) Condition Average FN/VF. This group of early issues begins with the sixth issue overall, dated May 1954. Included here are May, July, September, and December 1954; January, February, April, May, August, and September 1955; February, March, April, May, June (VG; piece missing from back cover), July, August, and September 1956; and January and February 1957. Highlights include the serialization of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (5/54), nudes by famed photographer Weegee (5/54), and pictorials of Bettie Page (1/55 and again in 5/55) Jayne Mansfield (2/55 and again in 2/56 and 2/57), Marilyn Monroe (9/55), and Anita Ekberg (8/56) The condition averages FN/VF, with many as nice as VF+; the exception is the February 1957 issue which has a coupon cut from an interior page. Still the nicest-looking lot of Playboys from this era that you're likely to find. The Playboy Collectors Guide and Price List, fifth edition, lists a total value for these issues of $2,200, while the second edition of Collectible Magazines lists a total value of $2,500. From the collection of Chris Bell.

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