Chicago: Chi Publishers, 1951. First edition. Paperback. Fully signed by Hefner on the inside front cover, with a caricature in ink of Hefner with his profile with a cigarette & the head of a young man.
"Although his own comics-making career never fully panned out, his early aspirations shaped him: He later knew he wanted his magazine to carry some of the biggest names in cartoons... Al Jaffee. Jules Feiffer. Shel Silverstein. Arnold Roth. “Plastic Man” creator Jack Cole. Those are just a few of the legends who drew for the then-dewy Playboy magazine... “Hugh Hefner was as devoted to cartoonists as he was to the centerfold,” “The Simpsons” director-producer David Silverman tells The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs." (Cavna, Michael. "Hugh Hefner dreamed of being a cartoonist. Instead, he changed the market for top comic artists", Washington Post, September 28, 2017.
8vo, 60pp of cartoons by Hefner. There is a printed dedication; "Dedicated to a wife named Millie, my soul mate and sole support." This refers to his first marriage to Mildred ("Millie") Williams, whom he divorced in 1959. Red, black and white pictorial wraps, staple bound. Covers a little marked, staples rusted but pages tight. The blank lasst page of the book adhered to the inside back cover. Very good overall. Item #23301