by Doug Sneyd

Dark Horse Comics, $39.99, 247 pages

Playboy, it’s the dirty little secret of men coming of age in America, it’s a right of passage.  It’s a magazine that not only features beautiful women, but also articles, interviews, short stories, and cartoons.  It’s a place to get a little bit of everything.  40 years of Doug Sneyd’s comic art from Playboy are explored In this collection.  The book is organized thematically, rather than chronologically, from marriages, to fantasies, to holidays; everything in his distinctive style.  His subjects are beautiful, the focus is usually on the female, as it should be. Sneyd likes to play with different set ups, and the punch line at the bottom is hilarious.  It is interesting to see the progression of the artist’s style, as well as the cultural shift over the last 40 years.  For people who like titillating comic art, or for those who remember sneaking a look in Playboy, for the articles; this book will bring back memories.

Reviewed by Kevin Winter