There are many reasons to read Playboy Magazine: articles, pictures, and inherent collector's value?
I still think this may be some sort of hoax, but last week, Playboy magazine announced that they would no longer be featuring fully naked women in their magazine. In other news, McDonald's announced that they were no longer serving hamburgers, Starbucks will only serve mineral water, Eminem will now play the cello and cats are now going to be helpful.
Those were all jokes, by the way, but this Playboy news is huge. For decades, Playboy has been known for naked women, and now they've announced that they will no longer provide that product. It makes perfect sense though. As anyone can point out, every smartphone and computer is just a few clicks away from all kinds of depravity to which Playboy, Hustler and Penthouse can't even come close. Seriously, that's not a joke. While the "Rules of the Internet" may be a joke, they're true, and none are truer than rule 34 which of course states that if you can think of something, the adult entertainment business has already done it. Back to the point however, with so much free nudity EVERYWHERE, there's almost no point to Playboy having pictures of naked women.
Playboy magazines with naked women are a thing of the past, but it will be interesting to see if they can do anything to keep their name different from publications like Maxim. They've suggested that they will continue with interviews and journalism, but focus on including art themes while maintaining an intellectual atmosphere. In short, they are trying to further modernize the magazine in hopes of attracting young men who live in cities. According to a brief interview with the CEO of Playboy, they want the difference between the readership of their publication and that of Vice is that "we're going after the guy with the job". A half decent zinger dealt to Vice.
In honor of Playboy no longer offering nudity, here is a look at editions of the magazine from the last 62 nudity filled years that are worth the most today. Some are actual copies, while others are just for the covers. Different sources will value particular issues and certain covers and such, so if you're an aficionado, feel free to scrutinize my sources as you see fit.
10 November 1954 - Centerfold: Diane Hunter
9 January 1955 - Bettie Page
8 February and March 1954 - Yvonne Menard (Cover) and Dolores Del Monte
7 January 1954 - First Dated Issue and First With The Rabbit
6 June 1962 - Merissa Mathes
5 August 1993 - Pamela Anderson and Dan Aykroyd (Original Cover Photo)
4 September 2009 - Heidi Montag (Original Cover Photo)
3 November 1993 - Jerry Seinfeld and Various Models (Original Cover Photo)
2 March 1980 - Bo Derek
For those born in the last two (three?) decades, Bo Derek was, back in the 80's, what Kate Upton is now, what Megan Fox was five years ago, and what Heidi Klum was in the 90's, and so on. Basically, she was so hot that it hurt. Her first major film was called 10, and is both the name of the film and her rating out of ten. Don't search the rest of the internet, I'm the first to make that joke.
1 December 1953 - Marilyn Monroe
This was the first Playboy ever, and as such, if you didn't see this being the most valuable, I must wonder whether you have been ingesting glue or paint. The sex icon of her era, and a mistress of President Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe was the first woman to be immortalized in Playboy. There were only 70,000 of the first edition printed, because as I previously noted, Heff didn't think his magazine would take off.
While the cover art is worth well over $10,000, a copy of the original magazine is worth between $20,000 and $40,000.
Sources: nytimes.com, mademan.com, playboy.com
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