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October 12, 2009

Marge Simpson makes cover of Playboy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “D’oh!” doesn’t even start to cover it. Marge Simpson — the blue beehived matriarch of America’s most loved dysfunctional family – is Playboy magazine’s November cover, the magazine said on Friday.

Simpson, tastefully concealing her assets behind a signature Playboy Bunny chair, is the first cartoon character ever to front the glossy adult magazine, joining the ranks of sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford.

The article says of the Marge Simpson character that she “is the first cartoon character ever to front the glossy adult magazine.”

This is incorrect. Leroy Neiman’s “Femlin” cartoon character has been featured on the cover of Playboy several times . Here is one example from August 1960:

Holy Smokin

Your article claims this is their first cover to feature a cartoon character. I believe that honor goes to Jessica Rabbit for their November, 1988 issue.

Mike

Some people may be over-thinking this a bit. I suppose it comes down to your definition of “cartoon character,” but the Femlins don’t seem to rise to the level of a walking, talking, animated character with a voice recognized by millions.  As for the Jessica Rabbit cover, it seems that was a real Playmate dressed as Jessica Rabbit, which isn’t really the same as having a cartoon character on the cover.

Pretty much everybody is reporting this as a first, and I haven’t seen the Playboy folks contradicting it. If anyone should be aware of their past cover content, they should: GBU Editor

Right: Marge Simpson is seen on the cover of the November issue of Playboy magazine in this handout released to Reuters on October 9, 2009. REUTERS/Playboy Magazine/Handout

Left: Femlin on a cover.

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Comments

well i have to say, marge is one sexy cartoon. my mum recently wanted a new tattoo she wanted a pin up but something different no one else has, so she decided on a sexy busty vampy style marge simpson to go on her lower leg. it looks amazing and everyone loves it.

Posted by Kerri | Report as abusive
 

Where’s Betty Boop when you need it? At least it’s not an ugly cartoon like Marge Simpson.

Posted by Toasty Fireplace | Report as abusive
 

Marge??? LOL

 

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