Big news for fans of animated nudity (and there are more than you may think): America’s sweetheart Marge Simpson will be showing a whole lotta yellow in the new issue of Playboy to commemorate The Simpsons’ 20th anniversary. The issue on stands Oct. 16 has the blue-haired beauty gracing its cover as well as a three-page spread featuring “implied nudity.” New Playboy CEO Scott Flanders (Aha, Flanders…there’s the connection) says he’s trying to appeal to readers younger than the mag’s 35-year-old average. Clearly, Flanders succeeded in getting his magazine on people’s minds – for a day or two, anyway – and helping spread the word that, Hey, this ain’t your granddaddy’s Playboy. But interesting Alec Baldwin interviews aside, Playboy will always live and die by its naked ladies, and I’m not sure a cartoon stunt can change the fact that Playboy’s airbrushed centerfold spreads have been supplanted by the Internet’s ability to offer every flavor of naked lady known to man (as well as fetish flavors unknown to most men) in both photo and video form.
And, of course, Marge can already be found nude on the Internet (doing nasty, unspeakable things) courtesy of perverted Adobe Illustrator nerds. In fact, I’ve been told (by OTHERS) that a bevy of cartoon characters have been rendered in their birthday suits online. Which leads me to the elusive point of this post: What animated characters would YOU like to see in all their two-dimensional glory? Lois Griffin is the first that comes to mind for me, though I can also go old-school and call Jessica “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way” Rabbit. And what about the men? King of the Hill’s Boomhauer could be interesting, no?