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    Playboy #1 (HMH Publishing, 1953) Condition: Very Good. The premiere issue of the magazine that would revolutionize the men's magazine genre was audacious from the start. Marilyn Monroe graced the cover, and, of course, was the first Playmate of the Month (Sweetheart of the Month in the first issue), her full page nude ingrained in Americana lore. Hugh Hefner had a vision beyond titillation - he brought fiction from outstanding authors of the 20th century (Sir Arthur Conan in the first issue; in later issues Ray Bradbury, Ian Fleming, Herbert Gold, W. Somerset Maugham, and Jack Kerouac, to name a few); interviews with celebrities of the day; contributions from top cartoonists, many of which stayed with the publication for decades; and timely features on sports, food, music, automobiles, travel, relationships, and other diversions.
    Hefner's wide-ranging Entertainment for Men wasn't an overnight success, but by the early 1960s, Playboy was nestled firmly atop the crowded men's magazine scene and one of the best-selling magazines in the country in any genre. The first issue of Playboy had a limited print run of only about 50,000, and complete copies in nice condition have become highly sought-after.
    This copy is a mid-grade in condition, with overall wear, but no glaring defects. The spine shows some mild scuffing at the bottom, but wear around the staples is minimal. "Dec, 1953" has been written in pen near the top of the front cover, with the "Dec" subsequently colored over. Near the bottom of the front cover, right corner the "1st Issue" print has been circled in pen. The pages are nice, off-white to white, and the Marilyn pinup, precursor to the centerfolds to follow, is in excellent condition. This just might be that copy you've been waiting to bid on!

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    November, 2008
    13th-15th Thursday-Saturday
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