Erich Sokol

Erich Sokol (1933-2003) was an accomplished satirist and a legendary Playboy cartoonist. Born in Austria, Sokol moved to America in 1957 to use a visual design scholarship. While studying in Chicago, Sokol also did freelance work for a new men’s magazine called Playboy. Sokol remained employed by Playboy until moving on from the company in 1975.

Erich Sokol

Sokol’s Playboy cartoons were part pin-up cheesecake, part satirical observations on modern life. The women were buxom, provocative and lustful; precisely what appealed to Playboy’s audience of working class men. The women in Erich Sokol’s world were fantasy, but the depictions of where they were found was in grocery stores, a doctor’s office, at a friend’s party, and so on. Occasionally there were women from upper-class society, such as the busty member of royalty at a dinner party whose bosom gets accidentally fondled by a absent-minded table partner.
Erich Sokol’s cartoons aren’t meant to be taken literally. While they are products of the masculine era and larger-than-life, they do have a playfulness about sexuality and the interplay between men and women. Without getting too deep into it, Sokol’s ladies were lovely to look at. They gave the Playboy readers a chuckle and something else to ogle in-between the issue’s pictorials and centerfold.

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  1. Pat O'D Reply

    Eric Sokol was easily one of Hefner’s best Playboy cartoonists. Was the main reason I saved those magazines for a decade in the ’70s.

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