Is sexy still sexy 60 years later?
Playboy thinks so. As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, the mag has reprinted copies of its inaugural issue, December 1953.
This collector's edition is an exact replica of Playboy's first issue, right down to the staples that bind it and Marilyn Monroe gracing its cover. The star is also featured inside as the Sweetheart of the Month, along with a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a feature on "desk designs for the modern office" and the usual cartoons and party jokes.
It was assembled by a then-27-year-old Hugh Hefner on the kitchen table of his Chicago apartment, financed by $600 of his own money and less than $8,000 of raised capital (including $1,000 from his mom).
The reprinted magazine is available beginning today at Barnes & Noble and other retailers, and will be on sale through July 7. Copies are also available for purchase online at the Playboy Magazine Store. The issue retails for $9.99, and its modern-day UPC sticker can be easily removed.
Original issue price: 50 cents.