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Playboy Jan 2012
Playboy's College Girls # 39, January/February 2012 magazine back issue cover image
College Girls

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Playboy's College Girls # 39, January/February 2012

Features
Covergirl Katelyn Laney
Maya Helena Codina
Jessika Alaura
Hollie Rochelle
Samantha Jo

 


Playboy Jan 2012
Playboy's Nude Playmates 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Nude Playmates

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Playboy's Nude Playmates 2012

Features
Covergirl Francesca Frigo: Miss August 2010
Katie Vernola
Jaime Faith Edmonson
Amy Leigh Andrews

 


Playboy Feb 2012
Playboy's Lingerie # 143. February/March 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

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Playboy's Lingerie # 143. February/March 2012

Features
Covergirl Chrissy Henderson
Hollie Rochelle
Carmella Anderson
Valerie Rae
Priscilla Clark

 


Playboy Feb 2012
Playboy Voluptuous Vixens, February/March 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Voluptuous Vixens

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Playboy Voluptuous Vixens, February/March 2012

Features
Covergirl Alyssa Marie Busts Out
20 Buxom & Bangin' Beauties

 


Playboy May 2012
Playboy's Hot Housewives # 8, 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Hot Housewives

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Playboy's Hot Housewives # 8, 2012

Features
Covergirl Jessie Shannon
Sandra Michelle
Raquel Reese
Trisha Gordon
Edina Pantinchin

 


Playboy Jun 2012
Playboy's Lingerie # 144, April/May 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

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Playboy's Lingerie # 144, April/May 2012

Features
Covergirl Lauren Volker
Sarah Renee
Lexx Lopez
Gracie Lewis
Lola Michelle

 


Playboy Apr 2012
Playboy Sexy Girls Next Door 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Sexy Girls Next Door

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Playboy Sexy Girls Next Door 2012

Features
Covergirl Melissa Marie
22 Amazing Fresh New Faces
Playboy's Sexiest Casting Call Discoveries

 


Natural Beauties 2012
Playboy's Natural Beauties # 14, 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Natural Beauties

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Playboy's Natural Beauties # 14, 2012

Features
Covergirl Addison Miller Photographed by Josh Ryan
Tierra Lee, Dennii Nicole, Jan Jett & Fierra Cruz Nude
Katie Carroll, Amelia Talon & Erica Jackson Nude
Priscilla Milani, Cara Costillo & Raquel Robin Nude
20 Gorgeous Girls: Simply Sexy & Naturally Beautiful

 


Playboy May 2012
Playboy's College Girls # 41, May/June 2012 magazine back issue cover image
College Girls

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Playboy's College Girls # 41, May/June 2012

Features
Covergirl Miranda Jordan Photographed by James Banasiak
Cara Costillo, Hollie Rochelle, Jan Jett & Ava Milano Nude
Abigale Alayne, Candace Marie, Amelia Talon & Kenzie Rae Nude
Amanda Rose, Allison Graves, Nikki Gentry & Ashley Kirk Nude
Christine Veronica, Anais Alexandra & Cody Lee Nude

 


Playboy May 2012
Playboy's Nudes # 27, 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Nudes

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Playboy's Nudes # 27, 2012

Features
Covergirl Kyra Milan Photographed by Jarmo Pohjaniemi
Naomi Shaw, Cassandra Dawn, Amber Hay & Raquel Robin
Amanda Rose, Christine Veronica, Kory Lyn & Leigh Clare
Ashlyn Letizzia, Sheila Marie, Samantha Pirie & Ruth Fabiny
Addison Miller, Erica Jackson, Stacie Marie & Amie Lou

 


Playboy Dec 2012
Playboy's Lingerie # 145, June/July 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

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Playboy's Lingerie # 145, June/July 2012

Features
Covergirl Sydney Barlette Photographed by Stephen Wayda
Kory Lyn, Dennii Nicole, Natalie Negodina & Mia Valentine
Anais Alexandra, Christine Mercedes & Jana Lysackova
Breezi Marie, Katelyn Laney, Nicole Elizabeth & Lauren Volker
Mariela Henderson, Sarah Renee, Nicole Rhea & Daisy Dash

 


Playboy Jun 2012
Playboy's Voluptuous Vixens June/July 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Voluptuous Vixens

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Playboy's Voluptuous Vixens June/July 2012

Features
Covergirl Kylie Johnson Photographed by George Georgiou
Trisha Gordon, Cameron Haven & Crissy Henderson
Katerina Volkov, Nicolette Shea & Jessie Shannon
Nicole Elizabeth, Natalina Marie & Danielle Loveland
Alyssa Marie, Rebecca Lynn, Dani Mathers & Lola Michelle

 


Playboy Jun 2012
Playboy's Girls of Summer # 3, 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Girls of Summer

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Playboy's Girls of Summer # 3, 2012

Features
Covergirl Dani Mathers Sizzling Hot
Monique Moore, Nicole Rhea, Emily Virginia & Logann Brooke
Dennii Nicole, Kenzie Rae, Rebecca Lynn & Sandra Michelle
Kristen Bennett, Lexx Lopez, Niki Lee Young & Kaitlynn Cole
Cindy Rey, Irene Richie, Meganlyn Centeno & Aly Marie

 


Playboy Aug 2012
Playboy's Lingerie # 146, August/September 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

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Playboy Oct 2012
Playboy's Lingerie # 147, October/November 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

Buying Choices
 


Playboy Nov 2012
Playboy's College Girls November/December 2012 magazine back issue cover image
College Girls

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Playboy's College Girls November/December 2012

Features
Covergirl Alex Lyon Photographed by Josh Ryan
Krystina Moore, Erin Montgomery & Candace Marie
Miranda Jordan, Courtney Anne, Tracey Ly & Kristin Nicole
Gabriella Gratiana, Kayce Pierce, Kinzie Van & Niki Taylor
India Rowss?, Nichole Dree, Abigale Alayne & Jan Jett

 


Playboy Dec 2012
Playboy's Lingerie # 148, December 2012 magazine back issue cover image
Lingerie

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Playboy's Lingerie # 148, December 2012

Features
The Farewell Issue

 

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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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