This Section Sponsored By:
SexHerald Adult Reviews
© The Adult Entertainment and News Authority
Volume 7   -   Issue 1
 
Playboy: 50 Years of the Cartoons
Title: Playboy: 50 Years of the Cartoons
Author: Hugh M. Hefner
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publish Date: 2004
Pages: 368
Reviewer: SexHerald Staff
Rating: 5 out of 5
Playboy: 50 Years of the Cartoons
By Hugh M. Hefner
Reviewer: SexHerald Staff

Finally, a book worthy of your coffee table, but the question is: is your coffee table worthy of this book?

Gathered in Playboy: 50 Years of the Cartoons are some of the best known and most influential artists in the history of cartooning. After a brief introduction by the man himself, Hugh Hefner, where he demonstrates the power of cartoons, the book gets straight into the cartoons.

They are arranged in chronological order, something I found particularly interesting as it allows you to chart the progression of the cartoon as well as who influenced whom. There are truly some stunning pieces in this book.

I was mesmerized by the art of Alberto Vargas; his figures are enchanting in their realism. His forms don’t need to be enhanced with unrealistic proportions; they exude a sort of sexuality not to be found in some of the more racy cartoons. His work should be studied as part of the foundation of graphic arts; it’s no wonder artists like Olivia (whose work is also featured in the book) elected to model their work after his.

In addition to including the work of such cartoon greats as Jack Cole, Shel Silverstein, and Gahan Wilson, the publishers have also collected famous comic strips such as “Vaginella” by Jim Lawrence and Gray Morrow, “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” by Robert Smigel, and even “King of the Hill” by Mike Judge, Steve Boswick, and Steve Barker.

One of the best things about the book is that it includes not only erotic cartoons but ones with political commentary as well. Daniel Radosh pokes fun at the Enron scandal, implying White House involvement. There are also jabs at pop psychology and mankind’s impact on the environment. I found it rather telling that the last cartoon included in the book is one of Wilson’s where there’s one man left standing, surrounded by decimation. Wonder what kind of message the publishers are trying to make…

This book is phenomenal and should absolutely be in the collection of any cartoon lover, cultural historian, or anyone else who simply enjoys excellent art. Thank God we’re no longer living in the age of The Seduction of the Innocents and can enjoy such pieces. Let’s hope we never make it there again.

Playboy:50YearsoftheCartoons

   Email this review to a friend



More Book Reviews

8 Erotic Nights: Passionate Encounters that Inspire Great Sex for a Lifetime
The Slow Fix: Stories
Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire
The Outdoor Kama Sutra: A Photographic Guide to Bringing Passionate Lovemaking Out of the Bedroom and Into the Great Outdoors
Vodou Love Magic: A Practical Guide to Love, Sex, and Relationships



This Month's Highlights

After Hours
Little Trouble with Big Brother: An Interview with Paul ‘Max Hardcore’ Little
Ron Jeremy: A Swinging (Dick) Legend and Feminist?
Dian Hanson: The Queen of Pornography
What the #@%!: Ellen Sussman on Dirty Words

Aphrodisiacs
Love Potion No. 9… Minus the Gross Ingredients!
Testicles: Invigorating Wonder Balls For Lovers Who Crave More
Monoatomic Gold: All that Glitters IS Gold!
Pizza: America’s Favorite Comfort Food Turns Bone Erector

Books
The Slow Fix: Stories
8 Erotic Nights: Passionate Encounters that Inspire Great Sex for a Lifetime
Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire

Booze
Leinenkugel Oktoberfest Beer
Gekkeikan Plum Sake
Bex 2006 Riesling

Features
Slave, You Give S&M a Bad Name
A Cure for Hysteria? Vibrators and Other Sex Toys in History
Six Sexy Women That Should Be in Porn
Peep-ular Culture and the Mainstreaming of Raunchy

Films
Pussy A Go Go
Chocolate Covered Asians
Big Loves 5
Twinks Love Twannies

Health
Taking It In and Getting It Up: How Substance Use Affects Sexual Arousal
The Sexual Health Benefits of Circumcision
LEEP: One Treatment Option for Women with HPV
Defining Intersex and the Sexual Health Problems They Face

Sex Toys
Night Moves Cyberskin Lust
Fingertip Massager
Adam & Eve SensaFirm Ripple Probe

Taboo
More than Décor
Nine-Month Fetish
Fantasy and Infidelity: Where Do the Lines Cross?
Politics of Pulling Out: The Facial Conundrum

Websites
Ten.com
ClubSapphic.com
YoungHotLatinos
.com

GeekGirlSex.com
  © Copyright 2004-2009, SexHerald.com ®  Copyright Notice  |  TOS/2257  |  User Agreement  |  Contact Us  |  Advertise With Us