Playboy Magazine October 1971 vol.18, no.10
October 1971, Playboy cover image
Weight ≈ 588g
Darine Stern photographed by Richard Fegley
Award Winning Cover
In October of 2005 the American Institute of Magazine Editors (ASME) choose this issue's cover as one of the best magazine covers of the previous 40 years. It was devised by senior Art Director Len Willis who celebrated his 40th year with PLAYBOY in 2006.  Model Darine Stern was photographed by Richard Fegley and was the first black woman to appear on her own on the cover of PLAYBOY.
On A Claire Day . . .
. . . there's apt to be some sun worshiping, horseback riding or making plans for the new land in miss rambeau's life
Claire Rambeau photographed by Pompeo Posar
Playmate image
Claire Rambeau
Charles Evers interviewed by Eric Norden with photography by Bill Arsenault
a candid conversation with the mayor of fayette, the first black candidate for governor in mississippi history and the K.K.K.'s latest public enemy number one
Butkus: Arthur Kretchmer on Dick Butkus
through one season and one injury with the meanest man alive
Meet Marisa with photography by A. Pappe (1), L. Looschen (1), D. Bailey (6), A. De Rosnay (1)
having made her mark as a high-fashion mannequin, the striking miss berenson brings her face and figure to the cinema
The Porno Girls with photography by Jerry Yulsman, G. Anthony, D. Hurn, Carl Iri
that beautiful creature starring in today's super-explicit commercial sex scene might be betty coed, a communard—or the housewife next door
Jayme Collins, Maria Arnold, Karin Anderson, Erik Sorenson, Mary Rexroth, Amanda Muir, Helene Mikkelsen, Susannah Fields (a.k.a. Cindy Hopkins), Lesbeth Tagge, Marvo Alleyne, Lisbeth Westergaard, Laura Cannon, Carla Lockhart, Cherie Porter, Mette Lovstrand Jaqueline Martin, Jason Williams, Nora Wieternik, Helen Lang and Emily Smith
Articles and Features Playbill
Dear Playboy
Playboy After Hours - a guy's guide to what's hip and what's happening
Acts And Entertainmants. Books, Dining-Drinking, Movies, Recordings, Theater
The Playboy Advisor
The Playboy Forum - an interchange of ideas between reader and editor on subjects raised by "the playboy philosophy"
The Sardinian Incident (fiction) by Evan Hunter>, illustrated with a sculpture by Nick Aristovulos
More Futures Than One (article) by Poul Anderson with illustrations by Don Punchatz
a reassuring vision of the world gone sane by the year 2000 . . .
. . . with man at his peace and starting to right the imbalanced ecosystem
Payoff On Double Zero (fiction) by Warner Law, illustrated by Franz Altschuler
Playboy's Fall & Winter Fashion Forecast (attire) by Robert L. Green with illustrations by Martin Hoffman
A.C.L.U. - Let There Be Law (article) by Peter Andrews, illustrated by Bill Mauldin
Top Kicks (accouterments), illustrated by Alex Ebel
Playboy's Party Jokes (humor) with LeRoy Neiman's Femlin
Twilight Of The Primitive (article) by Lewis Cotlow
reflections on the continuing campaign to obliterate our last remaining innocents
On the plight of the native American
A Snob's Guide To TV (humor) by Larry Tritten, illustrated by Ron Villani
Immortality Is Fully Deductible (article) by Craig Karpel, illustrated by Eraldo Carugati
Four New Poems (verse) Yevgeny Yevtushenko, illustrated by Craig, Craft, Brown, Lerner
Souped-Up Soups (food and drink) by Emanuel Greenberg with photography by Bill Arsenault
Vargas Girl (pictorial) by Alberto Vargas
The 1972 Playboy Jazz & Pop Poll (jazz/pop) with photography by Robert Monroe
The Jolly Miller (ribald classic), illustrated by Brad Holland
The Test (fiction) by Graham Petrie with photography by Richard Fegley
Everybody's Doing It (humor) cartoons by Claude
"Boy, how warped can you get?" (humor) 2 part Interlandi cartoon
On The Scene (personalities) Paolo Soleri, Paul N. McCloskey, David Sidel
Playboy Potpourri - people, places, objects and events of interest or amusement
While Darine is not the first African American to have appeared on the cover she is the first to have done so on her own - not in a montage with other Playmates.
Liv Lindeland Miss January 1971 and PMOY 1972 appears, nude, in a double page subscription advert on pages 46-47.
Dick Butkus is probably the greatest linebacker of his generation and certainly amongst the best (American football) players of all time.
Ilona Zahn in her "beautuiful reasons" double page PanAm advert on pages 64-65.
Quincy Jones advertises AKAI on page 251.
Darine Stern's pose is reproduced on the cover of a non-subscriber version of the November 2009 issue. For it the cartoon character Marge Simpson replaces Darine in the rabbit head chair. Widely reported as the first cartoon character to grace the cover this is not strictly speaking correct. Femlin, the cartoon character created for Playboy by LeRoy Neiman, while certainly not as widely known as Marge, appeared on the August 1960 issue's cover. The rabbit was on the cover from the second issue and in the form that is even more well known than Marge from the April 1956 issue. And, of course, who could forget Laura Richmond's depiction of Jessica Rabbit on the cover of the November 1988 issue.
260 pages of period adverts, pin ups and articles with lots of quality photographs and illustrations.
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