Issue: 19550101

Saturday, January 1, 1955
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Playbill
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Our Big Resolution for the new year is to try and make the next twelve months of Playboy a little more special and entertaining than the last dozen. We think, this issue is a pretty good start. Ray Bradbury has presented us with an unusual tale of a future time when Mars invades the Earth, with unexpected results. Erskine Caldwell makes his fourth Playboy appearance, writing an emotional episode about carnival life; John Steinbeck makes his first with his classic, "The Ears of Johnny Bear."
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Dear Playboy
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Address Playboy Magazine, 11 E. Superior St., Chicago 11, Illinois
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Indicia
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Playboy is published monthly by the HMH Publishing Co., Inc., 11 E. Superior, Chicago 11, Illinois. Postage must accompany all manuscripts and drawings submitted if they are to be returned and no responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited materials. Entry as second-class matter applied for at the post office at Chicago, Illinois, October 14, 1954. Contents copyrighted 1954 by HMH Publishing Co., Inc. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without written permission. Printed in U.S.A. Any similarity between people and places is purely coincidental.
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Masthead
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Hugh M. Hefner, editor and publisher
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Contents for the Men's Entertainment Magazine
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The Concrete Mixer--fiction................ Ray Bradbury 6
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The Concrete Mixer
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Ray Bradbury
He Listened to the dry-grass rustle of the old witches' voices beneath his open window:
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West Coast Jazz is Nowhere
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Bob Perlongo
A great many people are fairly certain that an important new school of jazz music has come into being recently -- but the fact is that to date nobody has been able to define it.
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Carnival
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Erskine Caldwell
It was more than she could bear any longer. Bess stumbled out of the pitch-dog-stand and felt her way over ropes, pegs and packing-crates to their house-tent. She had told Hutch she wanted to comb her hair, but she knew that he knew as well as she did what the trouble was.
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The Ears of Johnny Bear
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John Steinbeck
The village of loma is built, as its name implies, on a low, round hill that rises like an island out of the flat mouth of the Salinas Valley in central California. To the north and east of the town a black tule swamp stretches for miles, but to the south the marsh has been drained. Rich vegetable land has been the result of the draining, land so black with wealth that the lettuce and cauliflowers grow to giants.
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Rea
"And what's more, Madam, you are no more embarrassed than I am!"
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Playboy at the Punch Bowl
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Thomas Mario
playboy's food & drink editor
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Babylon, U.S.A.
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There's a Widespread Rumor that the pagan gods and goddesses took a terrific beating about two thousand years ago and slunk off with their tails between their legs, never to be seen again.
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Larry Klein
"A peeping tom, eh? Men like you are a disgrace to the community."
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Playboy's Party Jokes
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A girl friend of ours entered a crossword-puzzle contest and missed first prize by just two letters. The problem, she said, was to find a four letter word, ending in i-t, to describe what is commonly found on the floors of bird cages. She was sure she had it, but the judges didn't care for her solution. Seems the correct answer was grit.
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The Imperfect Enjoyment
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Naked she lay, claspt in my longing Arms, I fill'd with Love, and she all over Charms, Both equally inspir'd, with eager fire, Melting through kindness, flaming in desire; With Arms, Legs, Lips close clinging to embrace, She clips me to her Breast, and sucks me to her Face. The nimble Tongue (Love's lesser Lightning) plaid Within my Mouth, and to my thoughts convey'd Swift Orders, that I should prepare to throw The All-dissolving Thunderbolt below. My flutt'ring Soul, sprung with the pointed Kiss, Hangs hov'ring o'er her balmy Limbs of Bliss. But whilst her busie hand wou'd guide that part Which shou'd convey my Soul up to her Heart, In liquid Raptures I dissolve all o'er, Melting in Love, such Joys ne'er felt before. A touch from any part of her had don't, Her Hand, her Foot her very locks had charms upon't. Smiling, she chides in a soft murmuring Noise, And sighs to feel the too too hasty Joys; When with a Thousand Kisses, wand'ring O're My panting Breast, and is there then no more? She cries: All this to Love, and Raptures due, Must we not pay a debt to pleasure too? But I the most forlorne, lost Man alive, To shew my wisht Obedience vainly strive, I sigh alas! and Kiss, but cannot drive. Eager desires, confound my first intent, Succeeding Shame, does more success prevent, And Rage, at last, confirms me impotent.
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R. Loehle
"I'm sure we've met somewhere before. Weren't you at Cassius' orgy last Saturday night?"
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The Stag at Eve
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Ray Russell
It is not without a certain eagerness that I watch the year 1954 lick its wounds and repair to some remote corner of limbo to die. For as New Year's Eve draws ever closer, I am reminded of last New Year's Eve and of my conduct on that occasion, the scars of which have not yet quite vanished from my psyche.
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Al Stine
"And you were wrong, Mother ... I liked it."
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Santa's Baby is Back on Broadway
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Three Years ago a talented collection of new faces appeared on Broadway in a hit musical by that name. The very brightest countenance belonged to sinewy, sensuous Eartha Kitt who stopped the show singing the sophisticated Monotonous ("Jacques Fath made a new style for me, I even made Johnny Ray smile for me, a camel once walked a mile for me ...").
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The Well Dressed Playboy
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Jack J. Kessie
The Clothing that adorns today's playboy has come a long way since the time of Adam's drafty, ill-fitting fig leaf.
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Females by Cole: 8
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Jack Cole
The Glutton
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Larry Klein
"Sarah certainly is a friend of the downtrodden."
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The Facts of Life
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John Held, Jr.
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Jack Cole
"Please don't leave me, Viv! I haven't the patience to break in a new one!"
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Tupper
"Wow! And father thinks you're all talk!"
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Frank O'Neal
"Well, you can just touchè me someplace else!"
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