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Playboy Jan 1993
Playboy's Lingerie # 29 - January/February 1993 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Lingerie # 29 - January/February 1993

Features
Covergirl Jody and Kerri Hoskins Photographed by J. Verser Engelhard
Sabrina Lora
Aimee Wright
Nicole Grey
Deborah Driggs

 


Playboy Feb 1993
Playboy's College Girls # 4 (1993) magazine back issue cover image
College Girls

Buying Choices
Playboy's College Girls # 4 (1993)

Features
Covergirl Rhonda Fagula Photographed by J. Verser Engelhard
Jennifer Nagle
Dee Oliver
Heather Johnson
Jane Zeilstra

 


Playboy Mar 1993
Playboy's Lingerie # 30 - March/April 1993 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Lingerie # 30 - March/April 1993

Features
Covergirl Margie Murphey Photographed by Phillip Vullo
Victoria Bowman
Pamela Stein
Annamaria Kalebic
Deborah Driggs

 


Playboy Mar 1993
Playboy's International Playmates # 2, 1993 magazine back issue cover image
International Playmates

Buying Choices
Playboy's International Playmates # 2, 1993

Features
Covergirl Saskia Linnsen Photographed by Richard Fegley
Madoka Sugawara
Esther Rieser
Kelly James
Shirley Miranda

 


Playboy Apr 1993
Playboy's Bathing Beauties # 5 (1993) magazine back issue cover image
Bathing Beauties

Buying Choices
Playboy's Bathing Beauties # 5 (1993)

Features
Covergirl Amy Weber Photographed by Richard Singer
Christine Hill
Tammara Wheeler
Lisa Madison
Susie Hitchinson

 


Playboy May 1993
Playboy's Lingerie # 31 - May/June 1993 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Lingerie # 31 - May/June 1993

Features
Covergirl Patricia Ford Photographed by Richard Singer
Denise Durian
Michelle Collins
Helen Labdon
Cherilyn Shea

 


Playboy Jun 1993
Playboy's Girls of Summer '93 # 9 magazine back issue cover image
Girls Of Summer

Buying Choices
Playboy's Girls of Summer '93 # 9

Features
Covergirl Tiffany Sloan Photographed by Arny Freytag
Laura Slowinski
Daniela Unternahrer
Paula Kelley
Tina Bockrath

 


Playboy Jun 1993
Playboy's Playmate Review # 9 (1993) magazine back issue cover image
Playmate Review

Buying Choices
Playboy's Playmate Review # 9 (1993)

Features
Covergirl Anna Nicole Smith Photographed by Arny Freytag
Angela Melini
Tylyn John
Tanya Beyer
Morena Corwin

 


Playboy Jul 1993
Playboy's Lingerie # 32 - July/August 1993 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Lingerie # 32 - July/August 1993

Features
Covergirl Neriah Davis Photographed by Mizuno
Kimberly Bachofer
Ashley Rhey
Natalie Duggan
Deniece Wenzl

 


Playboy Aug 1993
Playboy's Wet & Wild Women # 3 (1993) magazine back issue cover image
Wet & Wild Women

Buying Choices
Playboy's Wet & Wild Women # 3 (1993)

Features
Covergirl Brittany York Photographed by Kelly Scott
Tina Bockrath
Cady Cantrell
Monique Noel
Denise Durian

 


Playboy Sep 1993
Playboy's Video Playmates (1993) magazine back issue cover image
Video Playmates

Buying Choices
Playboy's Video Playmates (1993)

Features
Covergirl Corinna Harney Photographed by Kelly Scott
Kerri Kendall
Morgan Fox
Karen Foster
Julie Clarke

 


Playboy Sep 1993
Playboy's Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads # 3 magazine back issue cover image
Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads

Buying Choices
Playboy's Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads # 3

Features
Park Morgan
Lori Williamson
Teri Copley
Kitt Scott

 


Playboy Sep 1993
Playboy's Lingerie # 33 - September/October 1993 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Lingerie # 33 - September/October 1993

Features
Wendy Christine
Cori Smiley
Kristine Rose
Angela Melini

 


Playboy Dec 1993
Playboy's Nudes # 4 (1993) magazine back issue cover image
Nudes

Buying Choices
Playboy's Nudes # 4 (1993)

Features
Covergirl Barbara Moore Photographed by Kelly Scott
Deborah Driggs
Tawnni Cable
Ava Fabian
Suzi Simpson

 


Playboy Nov 1993
Playboy's Dian Parkinson (1993) magazine back issue cover image
Dian Parkinson

Buying Choices
Playboy's Dian Parkinson (1993)

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Dian Parkinson Photographed by Stephen Wayda
"Tranquility comes to me from within."
"I know that sex appeal is connected to an attitude. Beyond that, I haven't a clue."
"If you don't have dreams, how can they come true?"
"I come alive in the sun, fall in love in the rain."

 


Playboy Nov 1993
Playboy's Book of Lingerie # 34 - November/December 1993 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
Playboy's Book of Lingerie # 34 - November/December 1993

Features
Angela Melini
Victoria Arnau
Tina Martin
Heather Lacny

 

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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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