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Marge Simpson graces Playboy magazine cover

Marge Simpson

Story by Jack Foley

MARGE Simpson, the put-upon matriarch of The Simpsons, has graced the cover of Playboy magazine.

The tasteful pose means that the animated icon has become the first cartoon character in the publication’s history to make the cover.

She can be seen posing on a chair with the distinctive Playboy Bunny logo in the November issue of the world-famous magazine, owned by Hugh Hefner.

It marks the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons, and forms part of a number of planned celebrations.

Explaining the decision to put a cartoon character on the magazine cover, Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said it formed part of a move to attract a younger audience to the soft porn magazine.

“We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd,” she continued, before promising that Marge’s inside photos will be “very, very racy”.

Playboy’s editorial director James Jellinek described Marge as “a stunning example of the cartoon form”.

The November edition goes on sale in the US on October 16 – although subscribers will find their copies have a more traditional live model on the cover.