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The Best Playboy Covers  

Maggie Coen
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List of the most memorable Playboy Magazine covers, featuring the coolest photographs, sexiest celebrity shots, and most innovative designs ever to hit newsstands. These best Playboy covers span the entire history of the publication, and provide a good overview of the stories and issues Playboy has covered over the years. Iconic magazine covers capture images of historic and cultural landmarks that persist in the collective consciousness.

Playboy was founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953 as a men's magazine. The first Playboy centerfold was Marilyn Monroe, and the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury was serialized in early issues March-May 1954. The magazine features photographs of nude models, actresses, singers, and other celebrities, and is also known for its articles, journalism, and fiction. Women who have posed for Playboy include Denise Richards, Nancy Sinatra, Gabrielle Reece, Lindsay Lohan, Farrah Fawcett, and Jayne Mansfield. Playboy magazine currently circulates in over 30 countries and was the first gentleman's magazine in history to be printed in braille.

This list includes rare Playboy covers and hard-to-find classic Playboy covers as well as the most popular and famous Playboy magazine covers. The stars, politicians, athletes, and other famous and influential figures on magazine covers document major world events and news stories that have held public attention over the years.

Ever evolving fashion, technology, and societal trends influence the art and design of magazine covers, but Playboy also has a signature font, layout, and style that has come to represent the magazine as an institution. You won't a more comprehensive collection of Playboy magazine covers. Vote for the vintage Playboy magazine covers with the most attractive design, most memorable or important news stories, or that you best remember and recognize. Missing your favorite? Add it to the list!
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Playboy - September 2010

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