Yesterday I downloaded all 657 Playboy covers (I wrote a PHP script to do all the busy work). After rating each cover on a five-scale there were twenty-three that made the highest mark. Winnowing those down to just ten was difficult.
Playboy has always had creative, fun and sexy covers. The photography and concepts are terrific. Some eras are certainly better than others. It is interesting to see the evolution of the brand since Playboy’s inception in 1953.
Here are my top ten Playboy Magazine covers (in chronological order). Click a thumbnail to see a larger version.
Is your favorite cover missing from my list? If so, let me know in the comments which cover you think I missed and I’ll add it as a reader favorite.
From the October 2008 issue (pg. 18)…
Starting with the waving Marilyn Monroe on our first issue’s cover, PLAYBOY has provided newsstands with some of the most iconic images in magazine history. Each mixes sex appeal, sophistication and (excepting that first issue) a Playboy Rabbit.
Speaking of that rabbit…can you find the bunny on my favorite covers and yours? No cheating.