Magazine Cartooning with <i>Playboy’s</i> First Cartoonist

Robert C. Harvey

in Insider Histories of Cartooning

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9781628461428
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781626740778 | DOI:
Magazine Cartooning with Playboy’s First Cartoonist

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This chapter discusses Playboy magazine's cartoons. Jack Cole's luminous watercolors, which started to appear in the fifth issue of Playboy, and his painterly excellence established a standard for Playboy cartoons. His insightful Females by Cole series was in every Playboy issue until he died. By the time Playboy had been published for a decade, it was well on the way to becoming one of the last redoubts of magazine cartooning in America. The magazine's first cartoonist was Hugh M. Hefner himself, a lifelong frustrated cartoonist. Hefner produced a cartoon or two for the first issues of Playboy, and one of them was reportedly on display at a memorial exhibit of Playboy paraphernalia in the fall of 2003.

Keywords: Playboy cartoons; Jack Cole; Female by Cole; Hugh M. Hefner

Chapter.  4499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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