Playboy Reprints First Issue Featuring Marilyn Monroe

Playboy first issueAs part of its year-long 60th anniversary celebration, Playboy magazine has reprinted copies of its inaugural issue, which first hit newsstands in December 1953.

This collector’s edition reprint is an exact replica of Playboy’s premiere issue, down to the staples that bind it (the magazine began using a glued binding starting with its October 1986 issue) and the heavier paper stock on which it is printed. Playboy’s first issue featured Marilyn Monroe on the cover and inside as the magazine’s “Sweetheart of the Month;” a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; an article on the Dorsey brothers; a feature on “desk designs for the modern office;” and the cartoons and party jokes for which the magazine is now famous.

Playboy’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief Hugh M. Hefner commented, “I am pleased that we can offer longtime fans as well as a new generation of readers an opportunity to possess a piece of Playboy history, and experience the original spirit and heart of the magazine that continues on today.”

The reprinted magazine is available nationwide beginning today at Barnes & Noble and other fine retailers, and will be on sale through Monday, July 7, 2014. Copies are also available for purchase online at The issue retails for $9.99, and its modern-day UPC sticker can be easily removed.

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