Playboy is a monthly magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates. The magazine is published monthly and features photographs of nude women, along with various articles on fashion, sports, consumer goods, and public figures. It also has short fiction by top literary writers. Playboy's use of "tasteful" nude photos is often classified as "softcore" in contrast to the more "hardcore" pornographic magazines that started to appear in the 1970s in response to the success of Playboy's more explicit rival, Penthouse.
Several artists whose work has appeared in Muppet/Henson productions have also contributed to Playboy.
- Harvey Kurtzman, creator of the "Little Annie Fanny" comics in Playboy, worked on several Sesame Street inserts that aired in the 1980s.
- Cliff Roberts, who created Jasper and Julius for Sesame Street and created the Sesame comic strip, also contributed to Playboy.
- Dean Yeagle has been featured both in Muppet Magazine and in Playboy.