Marge Simpson has done something that Homer might not like but may make Bart the most popular kid in school: She’s posed for Playboy magazine.
After more than a half century featuring women like Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford and the “Girls of Hooters” on its cover, Playboy has for the first time given the spot to a cartoon character.
And the magazine is giving the star of The Simpsons the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a two-page centerfold.
The magazine’s editorial director, James Jellinek, won’t say exactly how much of Marge will show in the November edition that hits newsstands on Oct. 16 — or whether she lets that big pile of blue hair down. He said only that “it’s very, very racy.”
But he stressed that the mother of three has a lot to be proud of.
“She is a stunning example of the cartoon form,” he said on Friday at the magazine’s headquarters in Chicago, appearing both pleased and surprised at the words coming out of his mouth.
For Playboy, which has seen its circulation slip from 3.15 million to 2.6 million since 2006, putting Marge on the cover was designed to attract younger readers to a magazine where the median age of readers is 35, while not alienating older readers.