American men’s lifestyle and entertainment publication Playboy is now available online after being published in print. Hugh Hefner and his companions started it in Chicago in 1953, with help from a $1,000 loan from Hefner’s mother. Playboy, famous for its centrefolds of naked and semi-naked models (Playmates), was a key player in the sexual revolution and is still one of the most well-known brands in the world. Playboy has since evolved into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI), with a presence across almost all media. Playboy is published internationally in unique country-specific editions in addition to the main publication in the United States.
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Authors of novels including Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, Chuck Palahniuk, P. G. Wodehouse, Roald Dahl, Haruki Murakami, and Margaret Atwood have published short stories in the journal in the past. Playboy features monthly interviews of well-known public figures, including artists, architects, economists, composers, conductors, film directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, religious figures, politicians, athletes, and race car drivers. Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Cole, Eldon Dedini, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein, Erich Sokol Roy Raymonde, Gahan Wilson, and Rowland B. Wilson are among the notable cartoonists featured. The publication tends to take a liberal editorial position, despite frequently conducting interviews with conservative celebrities.
Marilyn Monroe appears on the front cover of Playboy’s debut issue from December 1953.
The majority of Playboy magazine’s nude photographs had been taken down for a year before they were reinstated in the March–April 2017 issue.
Ben Kohn, the CEO of Playboy Enterprises, declared in March 2020 that the Spring 2020 edition would be the final regularly scheduled printed issue of the magazine and that its content would henceforth be published online. The COVID-19 pandemic, which hampered magazine circulation, was cited as a factor in the decision to discontinue the print edition.