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Playboy Jan 1988
Playboy's College Girls # 2 (1988) magazine back issue cover image
College Girls

Buying Choices
Playboy's College Girls # 2 (1988)

Features
Covergirl Kathleen Emerson Photographed by Paul Gremmler
Elizabeth Zulick
Terri Beck
Ellen Lundy
Angela Leigh

 


Playboy Mar 1988
Playboy's Book of Lingerie # 3, March 1988 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Book of Lingerie # 3, March 1988

Features
Covergirl Brandy Brandt
Kathy Shower
Tracy Vaccaro
Tina DeBartolo
Julie McCulloughs

 


Playboy Mar 1988
Playboy's The Year in Sex # 1 - 1987 Reviewed (1988) magazine back issue cover image
Year In Sex

Buying Choices
Playboy's The Year in Sex # 1 - 1987 Reviewed (1988)

Features
Covergirl Jimmy Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker and Jessica Hahn Photographed by Stephen Wayda & John Barr/Gamma-Liason (Not Nude)
Christina Hance
Carol Doda
Kim Evenson
Jeanne Marie Schuder

 


Playboy Apr 1988
Playboy's Working Women # 2 (1988) magazine back issue cover image
Working Women

Buying Choices
Playboy's Working Women # 2 (1988)

Features
Covergirl Cynthia Kaye Photographed by Paul Gremmler
Susan Jensen
Dorothea Dix
Alexandra Mosca
Kristi Knight

 


Playboy Jun 1988
Playboy's Playmate Review # 4 (1988) magazine back issue cover image
Playmate Review

Buying Choices
Playboy's Playmate Review # 4 (1988)

Features
Covergirl India Allen Photographed by Arny Freytag
Sharry Konopski
Marina Baker
Luann Lee
Sandy Greenberg

 


Playboy Aug 1988
Playboy's Girls of Summer 88 # 4 magazine back issue cover image
Girls of Summer

Buying Choices
Playboy's Girls of Summer 88 # 4

Features
Covergirl Camen Berg Photographed by Paul Gremmler
Ava Fabian
Pam Saunders
Venice Kong
Kathy Shower

 


Playboy Aug 1988
Playboy Photography (1988) magazine back issue cover image
Photography

Buying Choices
Playboy Photography (1988)

Features
Covergirl Marianne Gravatte Photographed by Richard Fegley
Richard Fegley
Richard Izui
Arny Freytag
Brett Weston

 


Playboy Oct 1988
Playboy's Women on the Move (1988) magazine back issue cover image
Women on the Move

Buying Choices
Playboy's Women on the Move (1988)

Features
Covergirl India Allen Photographed by Tony Costa
Janis Schmitt
Deanna Joy
Shannon Tweed
Pam Stein

 


Playboy Nov 1988
Playboy's Book of Lingerie # 4, November/December 1988 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Book of Lingerie # 4, November/December 1988

Features
Covergirl Cher Butler Photographed by Richard Fegley
Sherrie Rose
Joan Bennett
Venice Kong
Pam Stein

 


Playboy Nov 1988
Playboy's 100 Beautiful Women (1988) magazine back issue cover image
100 Beautiful Women

Buying Choices
Playboy's 100 Beautiful Women (1988)

Features
Covergirl Jenilee Harrison Photographed by Stephen Wayda
Kelle Kerr
Nastassja Kinski
Céline LaFrenière
Penny Baker

 


Playboy Dec 1988
Playboy's Girls of Winter # 2 (1988) magazine back issue cover image
Girls of Winter

Buying Choices
Playboy's Girls of Winter # 2 (1988)

Features
Covergirl Sandy Greenberg Photographed by J. Verser Engelhard
Anne-Marie Fox
Cher Butler
Roberta Vasquez
Pam Saunders

 

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Playboy's original title was to be "Stag Party," but an unrelated outdoor magazine, Stag, contacted Hefner and informed him that they would legally protect their trademark if he were to launch his magazine with that name. Hefner and co-founder and executive vice president Eldon Sellers met to discuss the problem and to seek a new name. Sellers, whose mother had worked for the short-lived Playboy Automobile Company in Chicago, suggested the name "Playboy".

The first issue, published in December 1953, did not carry a date, as Hugh Hefner was unsure whether there would be a second issue. The first centerfold was Marilyn Monroe, although the picture used had originally been taken for a calendar, rather than for Playboy. The first issue was an immediate sensation; it sold out within a matter of weeks. Known circulation was 53,991 (Source: Playboy Collector's Association Playboy Magazine Price Guide). The cover price was 50¢. Copies of the first issue in Mint to Near Mint condition fetched over $8,000 in 2007.

The famous logo, depicting the stylized profile of a rabbit wearing a tuxedo bow tie, was designed by art designer Art Paul for the magazine's second issue and has appeared on every issue since; a running joke in the magazine involves hiding the logo somewhere in the cover art or photograph. Hefner said that he chose the rabbit as a mascot for its "humorous sexual connotation", and because the image was "frisky and playful".

An urban legend started about Hefner and the Playmates of the Month because of markings on the front covers of the magazine. From 1955 to 1979 (except for a six month gap in 1976), the "P" in Playboy had a number of stars printed in or around the letter. The legend stated that this was either a rating
that Hefner gave to the Playmate according to how attractive she was, the number of times that Hefner had slept with her, or how good she was in bed. The stars, which ranged in number between zero and twelve, actually indicated the domestic
or international advertising region for that printing.

Since reaching its peak in the 1970s, Playboy has seen a decline in circulation and cultural relevance because of increased competition in the field it founded — first from Penthouse, Oui, and Gallery in the 1970s; later from pornographic videos; and more recently from lad mags such as Maxim, FHM, and Stuff. In response Playboy has attempted to re-assert its hold on the 18–35 male demographic it once controlled through slight changes to its content and focusing on issues and personalities more appropriate to its audience—such as hip-hop artists being featured in the Playboy Interview.

Christie Hefner, a daughter of Hugh Hefner, became the CEO of Playboy in 1988 and is now also the Chairman of the Board.

The magazine celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the January 2004 issue. Celebrations were held at Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, and Moscow during the year to commemorate this event.

The best-selling Playboy edition was the November 1972 edition, which sold 7,161,561 copies. One-fourth of all American college men were buying the magazine every month. It is interesting to note that although this issue is available in abundance, it is very difficult for collectors to find this issue in excellent condition. The black ink on the cover wore off easily and it is difficult to find this issue with a bright clean crisp black color. A Near Mint copy of this issue is a hard find.

Perhaps coincidentally, a cropped image of the issue's centerfold (which featured Lena Soderberg) became a standard image for testing image processing algorithms. It is known simply as the "Lenna" (also "Lena") image in that field.

Many people ask about Playboy UK, Playboy USA is the same issue that was issued in the UK because there was no need to translate the magazine. So, Playboy USA and Playboy UK are the same magazine.

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