Playboy Entertainment for Men December 1953 Marilyn Monroe Cover First Issue

Playboy Entertainment for Men December 1953 Marilyn Monroe Cover First Issue


Chicago: HMH Publishing, 1953

The original, iconic, Volume 1, Issue 1 of Playboy featuring Marilyn Monroe.  8.5'' x 11'.' 43 pp. 4 pages printed in color, including the Monroe centerfold.  The first issue points are present including the two-staple binding and black square printed to upper right of the front cover.  Rubbing to spine. Soiling to wraps, margins and a few pages. Minor loss to middle of front wrap.   Ruffling to centerfold to end of book with dampstaining starting on page 26 to end. A few stray tears to bottom margins.

Landmark issue of Hugh Hefner's pioneering and controversial men's magazine, featuring the famous color centerfold of Playboy's very first "Sweetheart of the Month," Marilyn Monroe. "Hefner chose what he deemed the "sexiest" image, a previously unused nude study of Marilyn stretched with an upraised arm on a red velvet background with closed eyes and mouth open." Les Harding, "They Knew Marilyn Monroe," p. 75.   The front cover states, "First time | in any magazine | FULL COLOR | the famous | MARILYN | MONROE | NUDE."  "Hefner placed his unseen nude at the centre, another image of Monroe on the cover, and declared her "Sweetheart of the Month" (the precursor to Playmate). The accompanying article reads: "She is natural sex personified. It is there in every look and movement. That's what makes her the most natural choice in the world for our very first Playboy Sweetheart." Monroe was paid the standard $50 modelling fee for the 'red velvet' series.  When the issue was published, the actress had to buy her own copy to see the centrefold.  Playboy would go on to insert itself into the dialogue surrounding the sexual, social and cultural revolution of the next two decades. It published a wide range of important writers and interviews, and courted controversy and criticism at every turn. In this important 1953 first issue, the aims of the magazine are simple: "We don't expect to solve any world problems or prove any great moral truths. 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'll feel we've justified our existence." -Sotheby's, Erotic: Passion & Desire, 15 Feb. 2018, Lot 74.  The first issue, with its 50 cent cover price, did not carry a date, as Hefner was unsure whether or not there would even be a second issue. However, "Playboy" proved an instant sensation, selling out its initial 53,991 circulation in a matter of weeks.

  • Product Code: 1806110040
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