The Hidden Rabbit of Playboy
Playboy is an American men’s entertainment magazine that was founded by Hugh Hefner October 1, 1953 in Chicago. The magazine has become known for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models called Playmates. In addition to the magazine published in the United States, it is circulated worldwide. Though today most of the companies revenue comes from marketing their brand on clothing and accessories. The magazine stopped publishing nudity April 2016 but changed directions a year later and brought it back in the March/April 2017 issue.
Playboy has a history of publishing short stories by well known authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, Chuck Palahniuk, P. G. Wodehouse, Roald Dahl, Haruki Murakami, and Margaret Atwood. The magazine also features interviews with notable individual. It was also known for its full-page color cartoons, by Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Cole, Eldon Dedini, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein, Erich Sokol, Roy Raymonde, Gahan Wilson, and Rowland B. Wilson.
A fun fact: Playboy started being printed in braille in 1970. Congress cut the funding for it in 1985, but U.S. District Court reversed the decision on First Amendment grounds. See people do read the articles…
The Playboy rabbit created by Art Director Art Paul appeared in the second issue and was later adopted as the official logo. The logo is worked into the cover in some way. Below we have eight cover images, at times the rabbit is easy to spot. Other times it is hidden in the crease of a dress or the hair of a model. A sort of adult version of Where’s Waldo.
The image of the Playboy March 1992 cover is not clear enough to find the logo. It is in the lower lense of her opera glasses. On the other covers the logo can be seen.
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