Reader reaction to Reuters news
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:
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.
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.