If you like Playboy, you are in for a treat, below are some interesting facts and figures about the awesome magazine and Hugh Hefner himself.
Playboy’s first issue went on sale in December 1953, selling 54,175 copies at 50 cents
each. The maiden magazine that launched all the way back in 1953 contained only 44 pages. The magazine’s original name was Stag Party, and instead of a rabbit, its mascot was a buck. Hugh Hefner changed the name to Playboy at a friend’s suggestion after the name Stag Party was challenged in a trademark infringe
ment case, and what a good thing that happened otherwise we might be without it!
The very first edition featured a nude photo of Marilyn Monroe that Hefner bought from a local calendar printer, as well as a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
That famous Playboy rabbit logo that everyone knows and recognizes has appeared on every cover since the second edition in January 1954.
The very first Playboy centerfold was Marian Stafford, who appeared in the March 1956 issue, and what a great issue it was!
Did you know that the Spy author Ian Fleming’s James Bond character was introduced in a short story the author wrote for Playboy’s March 1960 issue.
How about this fun little fact.. The US actress Pamela Anderson has been featured on Playboy’s cover more than any other model, appearing 10 times between October 1989 and July 2001.
Did you know that men have also appeared on the front cover of the Playboy magazine.. I kid you not.. Seven men have appeared on the cover of Playboy in total! N -eter Sellers in April 1964; Burt Reynolds in October 1979; Steve Martin in January 1980; Donald Trump in March 1990; Dan Aykroyd in August 1993; Jerry Seinfeld in October 1993; and Leslie Nielsen in February 1996.
Playboy then launched into the lucrative merchandising business in 1956, when it began selling cufflinks shaped like a rabbit’s head – which first appeared on a magazine cover.
As of the December 2003 issue, 602.. women have been called Playmates.
Hefner has 112 pairs of silk pyjamas, one of the trademarks of his image.
Playboy launched into the television business in 1982… the year i was born!
Did you know that in 1982, Hefner’s daughter Christie took over as president of Playboy Enterprises Incorporated.
There are 18 international editions of Playboy around the world, with the magazines printed in Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and Taiwan.
Playboy magazine remains banned in mainland China, no surprise there.., but the company’s largest product licence deal is with China’s Chaifa Investment Ltd., which opened its first store in the communist country in 1993 and operates more than 300 Playboy outlets in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Playboy opened the first of its famed Playboy Clubs – staffed by bunny-costumed hostesses – in Chicago in 1960 and closed the last ones amid a severe economic downturn in 1986, when Hefner called the bunnies “a thing of the past.”