by Candace RichComment — Updated August 3, 2023
I know, you bought it for the articles…
Playboy 1st Issue This copy of the first issue of Playboy, autographed by Joe DiMaggio sold at a Sotheby’s auction for over $40,000.

In January 2000, Marilyn would be named Playboy number one Centerfold of the Century.

The magazine was originally to be called “Stag Party” but a last minute of inspiration called up the name, “Playboy”. Uncertain as to its success, the first issue is undated – just in case it had to serve as the second issue as well.

Although his name appeared nowhere in the first issue, 27 year old Hugh Hefner’s style is evident throughout as he wrote much of the text for this “pleasure-primer styled to the masculine taste.”

Of note. The first Playmate photographed specifically for the magazine was Miss June 1955, Eve Meyer, by her then-husband photographer (and future filmmaker) Russ Meyer.


Hugh Hefner remained editor-in-chief until his death in 2017, he was 91

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