WILL ELDER - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: HUGH HEFNER - HFSID 189987
PLAYBOY MAGAZINE: HUGH HEFNER and WILL ELDER Hugh Hefner and Will Elder sign a first day cover honoring the Red Fox. Original Art on First Day Cover signed: "Hugh Hefner" and "Will Elder", 6½x3½.
Sale Price $450.00
PLAYBOY MAGAZINE: HUGH HEFNER and WILL ELDER
Hugh Hefner and Will Elder sign a first day cover honoring the Red Fox.
Original Art on First Day Cover signed: "Hugh Hefner" and "Will Elder", 6½x3½. Elder has made a color drawing of his Playboy cartoon character, "Little Annie Fanny" (labeled "A.F.") to the right of his signature. First Day Cover honoring the Red Fox, postmarked Capex Station, Toronto, Canada, June 10, 1978, two U.S. stamps affixed, one a 13-cent Red Fox stamp. Colorano silk cachet (color, 2½x3) at left. HUGH HEFNER (born 1926) introduced his first "Playboy" magazine in December 1953 with $8000. By the end of the decade, over a million copies of "Playboy" were sold monthly. When Playboy Enterprises went public in 1971, the magazine's circulation was seven million monthly, and the firm's holdings included 23 Playboy Clubs, resorts, hotels and casinos worldwide, book publishing, a modeling agency, a limousine service, a record label and a television and film company. Although his daughter, Christie Hefner, was named President of Playboy Enterprises in 1982 and has served as Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises since 1988, "Hef" remains the magazine's Editor in Chief and plays a key role in company business, especially in the area of cable television and video production. WILL ELDER (1921-2008) provided the art for action comic books before becoming a principal cartoonist for "Mad" magazine at its founding in 1952. He and his studio partner Harvey Kurtzman left "Mad" in 1956, publishing rival satirical magazines of their own. In 1962 Elder went to work for "Playboy", drawing the celebrated "Little Annie Fanny" cartoons while Kurtzman wrote the story lines. The voluptuous Annie was a feature of "Playboy" until Elder retired in 1988. Fine condition.
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