Shel Silverstein Wrote For Playboy



Silverstein draws Hugh Hefner. Credit: Playboy

The ‘Give It To Me’ Tree….

by Regina Kenney

Shel Silverstein, most famous for his children’s books including Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree, was cartoonist/writer for Playboy starting in 1956.

Hitting it off with the infamous magazine publisher Hugh Hefner (who, fun tidbit, was also a cartoonist), Playboy sent Silverstein around the world to create an illustrated travel journal. 1354508537-0

Locations included London, Paris, Africa, Spain and all over the United States (notably a Chicago White Sox training camp and a New Jersey Nudist Colony).

He continued to contribute to the magazine for about 40 years with not only cartoons but writing satires, poems, and articles.

Poem Silverstein wrote for Playboy in 1966

Never Bite A Married Woman On The Thigh

by Shel Silverstein

Never bite a married woman on the thigh
‘Cause she just can’t rub it off, no matter how she’ll try.
And when she gets home at night, her man will ask her why
Then she’ll say it’s just a birthmark or some other silly lie.
But he’ll get suspicious and then he will start to pry.
Then she’ll get hysterical and she will start to cry.
And he’ll say, “I don’t blame you, but tell me who’s the guy?”
So she’ll admit to everything and he will say “bye-bye”.
And he’ll buy an airline ticket and he’ll fly across the sky.
And then he’ll come and find you and he’ll punch you in the eye.
Then he’ll rent a cheap hotel room and he’ll hang himself with his tie.
And when she gets the news, she’ll take an overdose of sleeping
Tablets and she’s gonna lie on the couch and die.
So never, never, never, never, never, never, never,
Bite a married woman on the thigh!


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