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    Playboy #1 (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC VF/NM 9.0 White pages. Hef pulled out all the stops with his first issue -- Marilyn Monroe on the cover and in the famous nude spread that was the forerunner of the magazine's most identifiable feature, the "Playmate of the Month" centerfold. The supporting features were also extremely well conceived -- fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a humorous collection by iconic cartoonist Virgil "VIP" Partch, an article on the Dorsey Brothers, and features on food, drink, and sports. In the ensuing years, the magazine would use this same basic formula, expanding and embellishing to stay relevant with the times.
    We've offered some nice copies of the premiere issue of Playboy in recent years, but only a few have surpassed this one to date. Hugh Hefner didn't know how well his concept magazine would be received, especially in the beginning, so the print run for the first issue was just about 50,000 copies. To give some perspective to that figure, that was only about 5% of the print run of Superman comics in the mid-1950s. Do the math, and you can see that high-grade copies of Playboy #1 are not very plentiful, and the fact has been borne out with the recent and ever-rising demand for copies of #1. CGC census 9/15: 2 in 9.0, 4 higher.


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    November, 2015
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