Chicago: HMH Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. Quarto, publisher's stapled photo illustrated wraps.
December 1978 gala Christmas issue of the original magazine of "entertainment for men," featuring Farrah Fawcett on the cover. Launched in 1953 by Hugh "Hef" Heffner, the sophisticated yet prurient publication skyrocketed, ultimately spawning a multifaceted media empire. Championing individual freedoms and openly discussing taboo issues such as contraception and premarital sex, Playboy was the engine under the hood of the early sexual revolution. While some second-wave feminists excorciated the magazine, accusing it of harming the movement by bringing pornography into the public sector, all press proved to be good press, as the magazine continued to attract celebrities and writers of the highest caliber. From the likes of Margaret Atwood and Vladimir Nabakov, Roald Dahl and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as countless interviews with high-profile public figures, Playboy is more than just its centerfolds. This issue includes a pictorial on cover star Fawcett, a "candid conversation" with John Travolta, a short story by Gunter Grass, a feature on NFL cheerleaders, and one on pinball and early home gaming systems. Illustrated in color and black-and-white. Light rubbing and edgewear to wraps. Very good. Item #5113