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    Playboy V1#1 (HMH Publishing, 1953) Condition: FN/VF. This issue started a multimedia phenomenon and made Hugh Hefner a household name. It's the very first Playboy magazine, which caused a splash by featuring some nude photos of Marilyn Monroe from 1949, but also held readers' interest thanks to a canny mix of features, including jokes, cartoons, and pictorials, but also a piece by Ambrose Bierce, a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle, a jazz article, and an article commending college football's return to the one-platoon system. The mag's introductory text says, "If we are able to give the American male a few extra laughs and a little diversion from the anxieties of the Atomic Age, we feel we've justified our existence." The mostly white covers are still bright, and the pages are impressively off-white to white. This is the finest copy of the hard-to-find issue that we've offered to date, which, combined with the increasing demand in recent years for copies in any grade, make this a real find. Winning bidders have paid an average of over $5,000 for lesser copies in previous Heritage auctions.

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    August, 2006
    10th-11th Thursday-Friday
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