Friday, January 18, 2019

Playboy Magazine

Over the course of his career, Edward Gorey created many pieces for Playboy Magazine to accompany articles and humorous essays. You Can Take It With You by comedian Dick Martin appeared in the January 1971 issue of the magazine. The tag line for the illustration says it is by "Ed Gorey", which is an unusual way of crediting Mr. Gorey.

Edward Gorey created a wickedly funny illustration for this article. A trysting couple appears naked out of doors in a moonlit grove beside a lake, their bodies hidden by an oversized suitcase. The hirsute gentleman sports a 1970's porn star mustache and the woman's hair has an abandoned carefree look. The strategically placed travel stickers on the suitcase show Mr. Gorey's naughty sense of humor. Not only do the stickers represent the private parts of the couple, they also comment on said parts. The gentleman's prominent erection is straining above a pair of blue balls. The woman's breasts are red hot, while the triangular sticker indicates that she is not a natural blonde. It will be a night to remember.

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