Art Director Who Was Playboy’s First Employee — and Created Its Iconic Bunny Logo — Dead at 93

May 1, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The magazine designer and longtime Playboy art director who created the publication’s famous tuxedoed bunny head logo has died. The AP reports that Art Paul died Saturday of pneumonia in a Chicago-area hospital. He was 93.

“Paul was a freelance illustrator when he started working with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner as the magazine’s first employee in the 1950s,” the AP reports. “He has said he crafted the bunny logo in about an hour. Paul also hired artists to create illustrations for Playboy, including Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Shel Silverstein.”

Paul remained the art director for Playboy until his retirement in 1982.

He’s quoted telling the Chicago Sun-Times: “We didn’t think it would be such a success right from the beginning, just Hefner and I putting it together. Hef was kind to me. I think I gave him a lot. He gave me a lot.”

Hefner died in September at 91.

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