Hugh Hefner hits the silk

Do they have silk pajamas in heaven?

No matter. Hugh Hefner pretty much built his own heaven right here on earth. He died Wednesday at 91.

Say what you will about Playboy — and people said plenty, fans and detractors alike — Hef’ gave a home to one helluva lot of top-shelf cartoonists. Gahan Wilson, Bobby London, Shel Silverstein, Jack Cole, B. Kliban, Jules Feiffer, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman — the list goes on, and on, and on. He even had the distinct honor of being mocked alongside Peter Max in Bijou Funnies by Robert Crumb, Jay Lynch and Skip Williamson.

Playboy paid well when everyone else paid for shit. For cartoonists it was The New Yorker, but with a centerfold. R.I.P., Hef’.

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10 Responses to “Hugh Hefner hits the silk”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Yeah. Playboy was a high class outfit.

  2. canamsteve Says:

    And Gahan Wilson bridged that gap

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    He was, according to the NPR piece about his passing, a cartoonist at Esquire before he started Playboy magazine. He got turned down for a small raise and decided to start his own magazine. I think messing with a cartoonist will take away your mojo.

  4. larry brown Says:

    he also brought a lot of Jazz into the public eye.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yup. I don’t remember when I saw my first Playboy, but I do remember a reference to it in Robert A. Heinlein’s “Glory Road.”

      “Oh, we talked beatnik jive and dug cool sounds in stereo and disagreed with Playboy‘s poll of jazz musicians just as earnestly as as if it mattered.”

      Playboy was big on music. Frank Zappa scored an interview in tandem with being named the 43rd inductee into the Playboy Music Hall of Fame.

      And Paul McCartney was forever being named to the magazine’s All-Star Band.

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    But the Playboy mudflaps will live forever. They say women buy shoes to impress other women – I’d say the same about men and the mudflaps.

  6. Charley Auer Says:

    I bought the 2nd issue, April ’53, I think. A very young dirty old man! I continued to read it for a very long time.

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