Playboy is an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models (Playmates), Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world's best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with a presence in nearly every medium. In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special nation-specific versions of Playboy are published worldwide.
The magazine has a long history of publishing short stories by notable novelists such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, Chuck Palahniuk, P. G. Wodehouse, Haruki Murakami, and Margaret Atwood. With a regular display of full-page color cartoons, it became a showcase for notable cartoonists, including Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Cole, Eldon Dedini, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein, Erich Sokol, Roy Raymonde, Gahan Wilson, and Rowland B. Wilson. Playboy features monthly interviews of notable public figures, such as artists, architects, economists, composers, conductors, film directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, religious figures, politicians, athletes and race car drivers. The magazine generally reflects a liberal editorial stance, although it often interviews conservative celebrities.
|April 1999 • September 1999 • November 2000 • January 2002 • May 2003 • July 2003 • August 2003 • March 2004 • April 2005 • April 2006 • Playboy's College Girls - January 2007 • April 2007 • April 2008 • April 2009 • Sable - Wrestling Superstar|
|Ashley Massaro • Candice Michelle • Christy Hemme • Chyna • Jenna Morasca • Maria Kanellis • Nikki Ziering • Sable • Taryn Terrell • Torrie Wilson|
|Girls of Reality TV • Joanie Laurer, Nude Wrestling Superstar|