A quick post in salute of Hugh Hefner (1926-2017), who truly was a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me, he remains, chief among these, one rare and precious thing: a steadfast, lifelong friend and patron to great cartoonists, a man of taste, at least in that particular area.
Here are a few relevant pieces. Mere drops in the bottomless bucket. All in good time, we’ll return to this topic.
It’s astonishing how much toil an artist will put in, just to sell a simple gag. It doesn’t hurt if he’s recompensed decently, of course. Case in point: Ben Denison, for Playboy Magazine’s November, 1961 issue. Hugh Hefner has always known the value of his contributors, bless his great big heart.
Dink Siegel (1910-2003), from Playboy’s May, 1968 issue.
Happy trails, dear Mr. Hefner!