Playboy Magazine has been an international cultural icon for well over half a century now and there are a wide variety of reasons for this. But one of the most notable ones, what made Playboy stand out in the first place, was it’s featured centerfold, a beautiful woman—often the cover girl—posing nude on a poster-sized fold out in the middle of each new issue. This is what sold the magazine each month and while the excellent journalism, funny illustrations and thought-provoking columns about sexuality made Playboy stand out as well, the centerfold was the focus.
Well now with the Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds 1953-2016 coffee table book, you can flip through all the centerfolds from every issue of Playboy all in one sitting. Beginning with the radiant Marilyn Monroe just when she was becoming the bombshell icon she is known as today and going all the way up to the final issue of 2016, this heavy book is not only a titillating observation of Playboy’s featured beautiful women, it is also an evolution of this important magazine over the post-modern era. There are also essays by literary luminaries who have written for Playboy over the decades who give their input on the importance of the magazine and it’s centerfolds.
Regardless of who you are or what you’re looking for in Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, it will be an enjoyable read.