Sequels rarely approach the quality of the original, but in the case of this January, 1954 second issue of Playboy magazine the results prove quite pleasing. Billed as “Entertainment for Men”, this delightful publication certainly delivered the goods, with a photo spread by peerless photographer Andre de Dienes, a fun layout with Bob Hope serving as judge for a Miss Christmas contest and the first appearance of the iconic Rabbit logo inside the front cover, plus the usual array of popular features such as the Playmate of the Month color photo and Playboy’s Party Jokes.
This well-kept example rates a desirable (EX) designation with deference to the spine area, which shows signs of previous contact with a liquid resulting in a loss of gloss and a slightly rough texture in the spine area only, otherwise this is a very pleasing example with only minor traces of wear and presents much better than typical magazines from the period.
Photographer Andre de Dienes is widely celebrated for his amazing body of work, including taking some of the most exquisite Marilyn Monroe shots known. His work shows up here in a three-page layout of nude models that demonstrates his remarkable talent for showcasing the female form. Another three-page layout features Milt Caniff’s comic strip pin-up character "Lace", who lifted the morale of WWII G.I.s in the military publication “Male Call”. Other features are a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an article on how to score a televised boxing match and a special comic spread titled “The Christmas Party” that is credited to “Hef”.