Sequels rarely approach the quality of the original, but in the case of this January, 1954 second issue of Playboy magazine the results proved quite pleasing. Detailed description on our website.
Billed as “Entertainment for Men”, this delightful publication certainly delivered the goods, with a photo spread by peerless photographer Andre de Dienes, a fun layout with Bob Hope serving as judge for a Miss Christmas contest and the first appearance of the iconic Rabbit logo inside the front cover, plus the usual array of popular features such as the Playmate of the Month color photo and Playboy’s Party Jokes.
This well-kept example rates a desirable (VG) designation with nice gloss, bold graphics and light to moderate traces of age-appropriate wear. Though the cover is detached from the upper staple and the centerfold is detached from the lower staple, this venerable issue remains complete and intact with clean, supple pages.
Photographer de Dienes is celebrated for his lengthy portfolio of sumptuous female photographs including a host of exquisite Marilyn Monroe shots that rank among the best. His work shows up here in a three-page layout of nude models that demonstrates his remarkable talent for showcasing the female form. Another three-page layout stars Milt Caniff’s wartime comic strip pin-up character Lace, who lifted the morale of WWII soldiers in the military publication “Male Call”. Other features include Sherlock Holmes fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an article on how to score a televised boxing match and a special comic spread titled “The Christmas Party” that is credited to “Hef”.