Plowboy (James Stewart Gordon) - Bannister Publishing - 1957 (48 pages)

Soon after it was published by Hugh Hefner in 1953, Playboy became the most popular magazine on college campuses.  It also became the most frequent target of the parody presses.  Following is a partial list of the parody publications that appeared.

Playgirl (Arizona) - 1955
Playbull
(Indiana) - 1956
Playgirl
(Texas) - 1956
Playbouy
(Purdue) - 1956
Play Boy
(Cornell) - 1957
Payboy
(Illinois) -1958
Ployboy
(Yale) - 1958
Payboy
(NYU) - 1960
Layboy
(Stanford) - 1961
Playbull
(Texas) - 1963
Preyboy
(UCLA) - 1964
Preyboy
(UMass) -1964
Prayboy
(USMA) -1965
Peliboy
(California) - 1966
Pl*yb*y
(Harvard) - 1966
Playbore
(National Lampoon) - 1970
Punch Goes Playboy
(Punch) -1971
Heyboy
(Bleep) - 1974
Playbore
(American Parody) - 1983
Playboy
(Taylor/Shain) - 1984
Playbeaver
(Babson) - ????
Pwayboy
(Yale) - ????
Pla Boy (????) - ????
Lawboy
(????) - ????

In 1957, Bannister Publishing Company copied the colleges with its 48-page Plowboy featuring a ragged rabbit with cigarette in mouth.  The art and writing were excellent throughout including six cartoons, lame "Party Jokes" ("Look Hans, no Ma!") and guides to food (vaseline, beet-tops and chicken fat au-gratin), drinking and travel (Burma, India and Peru).  Authors of all parody fiction articles (Hemingway, Faulkner and de Maupassant) have the same first name: "Max."  Of special interest is "Plowboy's Platinum Hayloft" which includes a 180-foot bar, sharks in the moat and real platinum hay at $8,000 per box.  The centerfold ("Den Mother") is an excellent drawing similar to Playboy's "Vargas Girl."  In a "Ribald Classic," Pinocchio rolls drunks and cavorts with the "Blue Fairy" while Gepetto starves.  [JAM archive]

Front Cover - Ragged rabbit with cigarette; all authors are named Max
Inside Front Cover - Plowbill
1  Dear Plowboy
3  Plowboy After Hours
4  Valentine for Plowboy by E.P.
5  Contents for a Plowboy's Magazine
6  The Old, Old, Old Man and the Sea by Max Hemingway
8  Shaving cartoon by Temes
9  Japanese Bedtime Story - culture
13 Garter cartoon by Bill Riley
14 The One-Dish Supper by Paul Lothario
16 Two Tales for Children by Max Faulkner
18 Plowboy's Guide to Drinking
20 How to Pick a Plowmate
24 Den Mother: Plowboy's Plowmate of the Month [drawing]
26 Plowboy's Party Jokes
27 Erector set cartoon
28 Old dress cartoon by A. Mill
29 Can These Girls Cook? - culture, too
32 Dressing room cartoon by Bill Riley
33 Thank God I'm a 90 lb. Weakling! by Max Montgomery (drawing by Riley)
35 Plowboy's Platinum Hayloft
39 United Nations/French postcards cartoon by Lundy
40 Plowboy's Holiday by Horace Patrick
44 Ribald Classic: Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy by Max de Maupassant
46 Island bed cartoon by Jim Ruth
47 Plowboy's Bizarre
Inside Back Cover - What Is a Plowboy?
Back Cover - Martini drawing