I saw this on a small site yesterday, but I thought it was a joke. But when it gets reported on BBC, you know it’s true.

Marge Simpson, that blue-haired honey from Springfield, is going to be posing on the November cover of Playboy. I’m not certain why she should be the first cartoon character to be on the cover –  should that distinction not belong to Little Annie Fannie?

Oh, well, blame it one the times, and the enduring popularity of those yellow faced characters we all love, from the fictitious town of Springfield (there are a lot of Springfields in the US, but none are near a nuclear plant)

Simpsons matriarch Marge Simpson is gracing the cover of Playboy magazine, becoming the first cartoon character in the publication’s history.

The November issue sees Marge posing on a chair with the distinctive Playboy Bunny logo.

It marks the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons, viewed as America’s most dysfunctional family.

The move to put Marge on the cover is an attempt to draw in a younger audience for the soft porn magazine.

“We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd,” said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.

It is not yet know how much of Marge will be on show inside the issue, but “it’s very, very racy,” said editorial director James Jellinek.

He added: “She is a stunning example of the cartoon form.”

The edition goes on sale in the US on 16 October, but subscribers to the magazine will find their copies have a more traditional live model on the cover.

Playboy owner Hugh Hefner is said to be a huge Simpsons fan and appeared in an episode in the early 1990s.

I must have missed that episode, I’ll bet it was a hoot.

(sure it’s not about technology, but many programming sessions have been broken into by an episode of the Simpsons.)

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