First Looks: Hugh Hefner’s Playboy
Cover of Volume Two
In Taschen’s upcoming six-volume anthology dedicated to Playboy‘s first 25 years and its founder, aptly titled Hugh Hefner’s Playboy, readers get an intimate, illustrated look at Hefner before he became the over-the-top men’s magazine mogul he is today. Included in the 3,506 pages: cartoon drawings from Hef’s childhood and early career; famous interviews published in the magazine with Martin Luther King and John Lennon; writing by Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury, and Gore Vidal; personal photos; and Hefner’s own autobiography — in which he recounts his youth, cartoonist years, romantic relationships, and more. The books will be hitting shelves in September. Until then, click through the slideshow to see a different side of Hugh Hefner and the many ladies (and famous companions) who stood by his side.
Hefner with Dot Novak
Hefner with a new Cadillac Eldorado, Chicago, 1955