What is the origin of the famous Playboy Rabbit Head?

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What is the origin of the famous Playboy Rabbit Head?

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Designed by Art Paul, the magazine’s first art director, the Rabbit Head has appeared on the cover of every issue of the magazine since the second. Why a rabbit? Hef once explained, “I selected a rabbit as the symbol for the magazine because of the humorous sexual connotation, and because he offered an image that was frisky and playful. I put him in a tuxedo to add the idea of sophistication. There was another editorial consideration, too. Since both The New Yorker and Esquire use men as their symbols, I felt the rabbit would be distinctive; and the notion of a rabbit dressed up in formal evening attire struck me as charming, amusing and right.” Added Art Paul, “If I had any idea how important that little Rabbit was going to be, I probably would have redrawn him a dozen times to make certain I was doing him justice, and I suppose none of those versions would have turned out as well as the original. As it was, I did one drawing and that was it. I probably spent all of half an hour on it

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