Playboy has had brunets, blonds and redheads grace the cover of its monthly magazine. Now it's going blue.
For the first time, Playboy is using a cartoon character, Springfield's own Marge Simpson, as its cover girl.
The November issue will hit the newsstands next Friday, said Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy's editorial director.
"It's a very, very racy pictorial, with implied nudity at the very least," Jellinek said. "Whether or not you see more ... well, you'll have to hit the stands to find out."
The November issue will feature Marge in a five-page pictorial, as well as a two-page pullout poster, he said.
In mid-July, Playboy approached Matt Groening, the creator of "The Simpsons," and the television show's creative team about the prospect of using Marge on the cover, Jellinek said.
"They were totally on board with the idea," Jellinek said. "This is their 20th anniversary, and they've got an episode coming out called 'The Devil Wears Nada,' where Marge will disrobe, so this sort of goes in hand with all that."
Currently Playboy has no plans to give other cartoon women, such as Betty Boop or Wilma Flintstone, a pictorial, Jellinek said.
"We're going to take it one fictional celebrity at a time," he said.
Homer Simpson was unavailable for comment.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times