Eldon Dedini was PLAYBOY magazine's finest cartoonist--he had a dryer wit than Jack Cole and had a fine arts sensibility lacking in Gahan Wilson or Shel Silverstein. This collection (He died before it was completed) shows his best work for the magazine in lush, loving color reproduction.
Dedini was a bit of an odd duck for PLAYBOY. A superb illustrator, he fundamentally did not share Hefner's enthusiasm for Free Love, adultery or swinging, but depicted the lifestyle with amazing skill. Everything he drew was voluptuous. The women, of course, but also the metrosexual men, the satyr, even the cars and furniture. And he would slyly sneak his disapproval of the Playboy Philosophy in now and then (The rich couple coming out of Nero's nightclup to find their sporty convertible has been spray-painted with the word "REPENT", for one).
While no one could draw orgies better than Dedini, I think the cartoon that best sums him up comes near the end of the book. A rich, health-conscious couple in a fancy restaurant eyes a tray of sweets warily. The humble waiter clarifies their dilemma for them: "You're born. You die. Enjoy the interval." A beautiful, beautiful book!