Playboy Special Edition

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Playboy Special Editions
Playboy's Book of Lingerie July 1999 (Covergirl Christi Taylor).jpg
A Playboy Special Edition cover feat. Christi Taylor
Executive Editor Stacy S. Collins[1]
Categories Photography/Erotica
Frequency 2 issues per month
Publisher Playboy Publishing
First issue 1983
Company Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Country  United States
Language English

Playboy Special Editions (formerly known as flats, then Newsstand Specials[2]) are a spin-off series of Playboy magazine containing glamour and softcore nude photographs. The initially infrequent and later semi-regular editions ran from 1964 until the publication of the final issues in 2012.

Unlike the monthly magazine, which features a variety of articles, opinion columns, and works of fiction, the only texts found in the Special Editions are captions of the photographs and readers' letters. Two issues are usually published each month. While the magazines often feature former Playmates of the Month, many other models also appear in them.

Early issues, beginning in 1983, featured approximately 100 pages of old reprint and outtake photos of Playmates with no specially commissioned photos. Issues from the early 1990s began to include a number of "one-shot" models purchased in bulk from glamour photographers. By the mid-1990s, Playboy had established a distinct identity for the line by mixing new shots of recent Playmates with new models, some of whom soon became as popular as the Playmates themselves.


Playboy magazine began supplementing its monthly edition in the mid-1960s with irregularly published special editions devoted to, for example, its cartoons or the Playboy Clubs. The first edition, The Best from Playboy in 1964, was nothing like the present-day specials. Its 120 pages contained a sixteen-page Jayne Mansfield pictorial, but was otherwise filled with articles, including the celebrated 1962 interview with Miles Davis. A 1972 Little Annie Fanny special is highly sought after by Harvey Kurtzman collectors.

In the 1970s, perhaps in conjunction with the appearance of Oui, the special editions would feature somewhat more explicit photography or situations than Playboy itself would run at the time. One release, 1976's Noelle, was quite notorious in its day for its racy content.

In 1984, Playboy published the first volume of its flagship Special Edition, Book of Lingerie, which featured 110 pages of photos of Playmates from the last decade (reprints and outtakes, with no specially commissioned photos). The magazine sold extremely well, and a second edition, in 1987, proved the market was there for the Newsstand Specials, as they were formally called at this time, to begin a regular, formal sales cycle. Each Newsstand Special would have a two-month shelf life, with two titles published each month.

The greatly increased demand for new photos to fill the 24 editions published annually—reprints from the early 1970s having little erotic value to readers twenty years later—required Playboy to look further than their own archives to fill the page count. Newsstand Specials of the late 1980s and early 1990s would often feature previously unpublished outtakes from Playmate pictorials, but also a number of "one-shot" models, possibly posing under a pseudonym or unnamed entirely, bought in bulk from glamour photographers. Sometimes these would resurface in other magazines; outtakes from a 1992-93 shoot with a model named Simone Burkhard which first appeared in Playboy's Girls of Summer '93 were published in Perfect 10 some five years later.

By the mid-1990s, Playboy had formalized its model process to help give the Newsstand Specials their own identity. Commissioning regular shoots with Playmates from the last two or three years provided an ongoing source of new photos which increased the models' popularity and won them new fans, but the editions also found new talent popular enough to warrant multiple appearances. Models such as Alley Baggett, Patricia Ford, Tina Martin and Sung Hi Lee rarely or never appeared in the monthly Playboy, but were featured in the Special Editions dozens of times.

By the end of the 1990s, the label Newsstand Special had been phased out in favor of Special Edition, and a host of regular publications had joined Book of Lingerie (renamed simply Lingerie) on the shelves. One edition each of Playmate Review, Nude Playmates and Girlfriends, among others, are published annually. College Girls is published three times a year.

By 2005, the Playmates had actually found themselves completely squeezed out of Lingerie. Its 100th edition was the first to feature no Playmates at all; Playboy has such a bank of available, popular models that it no longer needs the Playmates to sell some of its Special Editions.

Since the October/November 2008 issue of Lingerie, Playboy Special Edition switched its bookbinding process from perfect binding (flat format) to saddle-stitching (stapled format), thereby definitely abandoning the moniker flats.[3] Following negative feedback from readers, perfect binding was restored as from the March/April 2009 issues of Hot Housewives and Sexy Girls Next Door.[4]

The November/December 2012 edition of Playboy's Book of Lingerie is the final issue. The November/December 2012 College Girls issue is the final issue of it. The last special editions to be published were the December 2012 issue of Big Boobs And Hot Buns and Naturals.

In 2013, newsstand special issues were resurrected under the new title Playboy Special Collector's Editions. This new monthly series included "Best of Italia: 2013 Look Book" (volume #1, August 2013); "Best of Brazil: 2013 Look Book" (volume #2, August 2013); "Best of Latin America: Look Book 2013" (volume #10, October 2013); "Best of Russia: Look Book 2013" (volume #11, November 2013); "Every Playmate of the Year" (volume #12, December 2013); "The Butt Issue" (volume #01, January 2014); "Girls & Cars" (volume #02, February 2014); "Summer Beach Spectacular" (volume #03, March 2014); and "The Lingerie Issue" (volume #04, April 2014).

List of Special Editions[edit]

There are several long-running series of Special Editions, as well as short series and one-offs.

Book of Lingerie/Lingerie[edit]

Playboy Special Editions' longest-running series is Lingerie (formerly known as Book of Lingerie). The first issue was released as Book of Lingerie in 1984. Two further issues were published in 1987 and 1988; a bimonthly series began with the November 1988 issue. The title was changed to Lingerie with the September 2002 issue.

  • Book of Lingerie (3 one-shots, 1984–1988)
  • Book of Lingerie (bimonthly series, 1988–2002)
  • Lingerie (bimonthly series, 2002–2012)


College Girls[edit]

A Playboy College Girls issue featuring girls from the Big 12 Conference in 1997

The models featured in these series are described as coming from the student population of American colleges and universities.

After several one-shots were published, beginning in 1983, an annual series began in 1995. The main series became semiannual in 2000 and several spinoffs also appeared beginning the next year. The spinoffs ended in 2005. Since 2005, the main series has published at least two issues year, without following a fixed schedule .

The 2002 May issue caused some controversy at Baylor University, which has a religious affiliation. Baylor declared that associating with the magazine would be a violation of the school's code of conduct.[5]

  • College Girls (four one-shots, 1983–1993)
  • College Girls (series, 1995–2012)
  • Sexy College Girls (two issues, 2001–2002)
  • College Girls Wet & Wild (one-shot, 2002)
  • Nude College Girls (three issues, 2003–2005)

Girls/Women of the World[edit]

  • Women of the World (one-shot, 1987)
  • Girls of the World (two issues, 1992–1994)
  • Sexy Girls of the World (two issues, 2001–2010)


  • Nude Celebrities (two issues, 1995, 1997)
  • Nudes (annual series, 1990–2005, 2011–2012; semiannual, 2006–2010)
  • World Wide Nudes (one-shot, 1996)

Playmate Search[edit]

  • Great Playmate Hunt (one-shot, 1989)
  • Great Playmate Search (one-shot, 1994)
  • Playmate 2000 (two issues, 2000)
  • Playmate Search 50 (one-shot, 2004)


The Playmate of the Year appears on the cover of each issue of this annual series.
  • Calendar Playmates (one-shot, 1992)
  • Celebrating Centerfolds (five issues, 1998–2000)
  • Centerfolds of the Century (one-shot, 2000)
  • Classic Centerfolds (one-shot, 1998)
  • Facts & Figures (one-shot, 1997)
  • International Playmates (two issues, 1992–1993)
  • Nude Playmates (one issue per year, 1997–1998, 2001–2012)
  • Playmate Review (annual series, 1985–2012)
  • Playmate Tests (two issues, 1998–1999)
  • Playmates (two issues, 1983–1984)
  • Playmates at Play (one-shot, 1994)
  • Playmates in Bed (eleven issues, 1995–2008)
  • Playmates in Paradise (one-shot, 1994)
  • Playmates in the Spotlight (one-shot, 1989)
  • Playmates of the Year (two issues, 1986, 2000)
  • Pocket Playmates (six issues, 1995–1997)
  • Sexiest Playmates (one-shot, 2001)
  • Twenty-One Playmates (two issues, 1996–1997)
  • Video Playmates (one-shot, 1993)
  • Wet & Wild Playmates (one-shot, 1994)

Voluptuous Vixens/Vixens[edit]

The Voluptuous Vixens / Vixens series features models with large breasts. Ten issues of Voluptuous Vixens were published, once or twice per year, beginning in 1998. A bimonthly series, simply titled Vixens, began in 2005 and ran for twelve issues. The original title resumed in 2007, appearing on a thrice-yearly schedule.

  • Voluptuous Vixens (ten issues, 1998–2004)
  • Vixens (bimonthly series, 2005–2007)
  • Voluptuous Vixens (thrice-yearly series, 2007–2012)

Wet & Wild[edit]

  • Wet & Wild Women (three issues, 1987–1993)
  • Wet & Wild (ten issues, 1996–2011)

Other series[edit]

  • Barefoot Beauties (annual series, 1999, 2001–2003)
  • Bathing Beauties (annual series, 1989–1995)
  • Big Boobs & Hot Buns (annual series, 2008–2012)
  • Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads (eight issues, 1985–2011)
  • Casting Calls (two issues, 2001–2002)
  • Cover Girls (two issues, 1986, 1997)
  • Exotic Beauties (four issues, 2002–2007)
  • Fantasies (For Men and Women) (two issues, 1991)
  • Fresh Faces (semiannual series, 2008–2009)
  • Girlfriends (annual series, 1998–2003)
  • Girls with Girls (annual series. 2004, 2006–2010)
  • Girls of Summer (annual series, 1983-1984, 1986, 1988–2004)
  • Girls of Winter (four issues, 1985–1998)
  • HardBodies (two issues, 1997, 1999)
  • Hot Housewives (semiannual series, 2007–2012)
  • Hot Shots (annual series, 2004–2008)
  • Natural Beauties (annual series, 1998–2004, 2006–2007; semiannual series, 2008–2012)
  • Real Sex (two issues, 1998–1999)
  • Sexy 100 (annual series, 2003–2010)
  • Sexy Celebrities (two issues, 2001–2002)
  • Sexy Girls (two issues, 2004, 2011)
  • Sexy Girls Next Door (annual series, 1998–1999, 2001, 2003–2007, 2009–2012)
  • Sexy Summer Girls (two issues, 2010, 2011)
  • Sisters (two issues, 1986, 1992)
  • Supermodels (two issues, 1995, 1998)
  • The Year in Sex (two issues, 1988, 1989)
  • Working Women (two issues, 1984, 1988)


  • Women of Television (1984)
  • Playboy - The Parody (1984)
  • Women Newsmakers (1985)
  • Pompeo Posar (1985)
  • Entertaining Women (1985)
  • Sporting Women (1986)
  • Country Girls (1987)
  • Holiday Girls (1987)
  • Photography (1988)
  • Women on the Move (1988)
  • 100 Beautiful Women (1988)
  • Sex and Other Late-Night Laughs (1990; contains cartoons only)
  • Women (1991)
  • Career Girls (1992)
  • Beauty Queens (1994)
  • Hot Denim Daze (1995)
  • Sexy Ladies (1995)
  • Blondes (1995)
  • Sexy Swimsuits (1996)
  • Lingerie Model Search (1997)
  • Sexy Latin Ladies (1997)
  • Women of Color (1997)
  • Playboy's 1998 Guide to Men's Clubs (1997)
  • X-Girls (1997)
  • Body Language (1998)
  • Sex Stars of the Century (1999)
  • Asian Beauties (2000)
  • Sexy Girls in Sports (2000)
  • CyberGirls (2002)

List of Playboy Supplements[edit]

Before publishing its Special Edition line, Playboy published a line of hardcover and paperback volumes featuring text, photos, and cartoons; some included only content reprinted from the parent magazine; others incorporated original material. Several volumes collected only cartoons from the magazine. A few volumes went through multiple printings, sometimes with replacement covers.


  • The Best From Playboy/Playboy Annual (three hardcover volumes, 1954-1957)
  • The Playboy Cartoon Album (eight volumes, 1963–1981)
  • The Best from Playboy (ten volumes, 1963–1983)
  • Playboy's Holiday Album (two volumes, 1970–1971)
  • Playboy's Girls of the World (two volumes, 1971–1972)
  • Playboy Bunnies (three volumes, 1972–1983)[6]
  • The Pocket Playboy (six volumes, 1973-1975)
  • The Girls of Playboy (five volumes, 1973–1982)
  • Eve Today (two volumes, 1974–1975)
  • Playboy's New Holiday Album (two volumes, 1975–1976)
  • Ecstasy (two volumes, 1976)
  • Sexy Ladies (two volumes, 1977–1978)
  • Fashion For Men (semiannual series, 1981–1983)

Cartoonist Collections[edit]


  • The Sexual Revolution (1970)
  • The Youth Culture (1971)
  • Mirror of Venus (1972)
  • The Sensuous Society (1973)
  • Women by 10 (1973)
  • Love Games (1975)
  • Deborah's Dreams (A Victorian Fantasy) (1976)
  • Love Scenes (1976)
  • Noelle (and the twelve nights of Christmas) (1976)
  • Leading Ladies (1981)
  • Dreams (Richard Fegley) (1982)

Playboy Parodies (by other publishers)[edit]

  • Plowboy (Bannister Publishing Parody) (1957)
  • Laffboy (K-M-R Publications) (1965)
  • Pl*yb*y (Harvard Lampoon Parody) (1966)
  • Punch goes Playboy (1971)
  • Playbore (American Parody & Travesty Corp.) (1983)
  • Playboy: The Parody (The Girls of Penthouse) (1984)


  1. ^ Playboy Special Editions Message
  2. ^ Playboy Special Editions FAQ
  3. ^ Playboy Mailing List@Yahoo! Groups: Staples are back (Warning: Age-Restricted Area)
  4. ^ Playboy Special Editions MySpace Blog
  5. ^ "Playboy back at Baylor". Waco Tribune. April 21, 2001. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  6. ^ At one time, Playboy characterized the third volume in this series as the first in what became its Special Edition line