The Press: Playkids

On U.S. newsstands this month is arrayed the biggest, bawdiest, bestselling collection of stag magazines in publishing history. Just as Confidential's peep-and-tell formula sent a horde of imitators yipping after pay dirt, the sex-fueled three-year flight of Playboy ("Entertainment for Men") has shaken out a pack of wolf-whistling periodicals. In all, there are more than 40 playkids on the market, and they are fast outstripping the scandal sheets. The most successful of the upstarts are monthlies, with such names as Caper, Nugget, Rogue, Escapade and Cabaret. Like Playboy ( TIME, Sept. 24), they trade in the smirk, the leer and the...

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