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Cartoon Bunny

Next week, Playboy will be featuring something quite different on its cover – a fictional character, even better than that, a fictional animated character – Marge Simpson. This will be the first time in the magazine’s history an animated character has been on the cover.

Obviously this is a stunt to promote the 20th anniversary of “The Simpsons” on Fox, but one has to wonder if a better choice might have been made – maybe the mom from “Family Guy” or Wilma Flinstone or Judy Jetson if we’re talking mainstream animation. Going off the beaten path a bit, what about Lara Croft? How about the robot chick from Ghost in the Shell? AEon Flux?

The November 2009 issue of Playboy hits newstands on October 16th and also features Tracy Morgan, Benicio Del Toro and new fiction by Stephen King.

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Bettie Page RIP

After a four-week-long stay in the hospital and nearly half a lifetime hiding from her career as a 1950’s pinup model, Bettie Page has passed away at the age of 85.

Her scandalous (for the time) photos in Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine and the bondage mags of Irving Klaw helped to ring in the beginning of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Of course she may have been unaware of that as she vanished, fighting mental illness and becoming a born-again Christian. She shunned interviews for years, refusing to be photographed in her old age.

In the 1970s and afterwards, she became a cult figure and once again experienced a rush of fame, in the form of comics, movies and posters. She remains one of the most beautiful and recognizable female pop icons of the 1950s and beyond. Rest in peace, Bettie.