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Covers Marilyn Monroe December 1953

The Complete List of 1950s Playboy Covers

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Playboy entered the realm of American culture at the tail end of 1953 when Marilyn Monroe appeared on its first cover, and it was the first magazine to openly publish full nudity. Playboy continued to push buttons and remove them during a conservative era with its sophisticated covers. The iconic rabbit head began appearing on the cover in the second issue, and the bunny became so popular that the June 1957 cover featuring just a pair of rabbit head cuff links on the cover sold over a million copies. The Playboy lifestyle was put on display on the magazine’s covers in the 1950s, setting a precedent for that continues to this day.