Sunday, November 4, 2018

August 1961 Cover

The first issue of Playboy - featuring Marilyn Monroe on the December 1953 cover - was produced in Hef's Hyde Park, Illinois kitchen; it was undated as he was unsure there would be a second issue.  

Despite the magazine's popularity; issues remained undated for several years, but covers consistently featured the suave, sophisticated bunny icon - in the August 1961 issue the rabbit was surrounded by beauties by several of Hef's popular cartoonists: (from left to right, standing) John Dempsey, Richard Taylor, Erich Sokol, Alberto Vargas, Claude (Smith), E. Simms Campbell and (seated) Eldon Dedini.

Doug's first full-page color cartoon was published in the September, p. 205, 1964 issue; it was later reproduced on p. 71 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book featured 270 of his Playboy cartoons.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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