Author Archives: Cullum Rogers

About Cullum Rogers

I'm a semi-retired freelance cartoonist in Durham, N.C., who's been collecting newspaper and magazine parodies for over 50 years.

“The Bilioustine,” 1901

Parody Of: The Philistine. Title: “The Bilioustine.” By: Bert Leston Taylor. Dates: May and October 1901. Published By: William S. Lord of Evanston, Illinois. Availability: Free online here; print copies findable but pricey. “The Bilioustine” may have been this country’s … Continue reading

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Parodies in Mad, 1954-2017

Wikipedia helpfully lists all of Mad’s movie and TV-show spoofs, but I believe this is the first attempt to catalog parodies of publications. Real, identifiable publications, that is: I’m not counting the fake lifestyle mags for groups like beatniks and hippies and mobsters … Continue reading

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The Bawl Street Journal, 1919-2009

Parody Of: The Wall Street Journal. Title: “The Bawl Street Journal.” By: The Bond Club of New York. Dates: June 1919 – June 2009. Availability: Findable on eBay, ABEbooks, etc.; 1930s-’80s issues most common. This was going to be a salute to “The Bawl Street … Continue reading

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Columbia Jester Parodies, 1913-1989

Jester of Columbia, to use its formal title, wasn’t the first publication at Columbia University to include humor, but it was the first to exclude everything else. It debuted on April Fool’s Day, 1901, twenty-four years after the birth of … Continue reading

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The Chaparral Mocks L&M, 1960

College students will parody almost anything, but you can flip though hundreds of old campus humor magazines without finding a fake cigarette ad. You’ll find hundreds of real ones, though: From the 1920s until 1963, tobacco companies were the biggest … Continue reading

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Parodies In Playboy, 1970-2000

That’s “in,” not “of,” though some of the following are both. The Bunny Book is such an inviting target that not even Playboy could resist cooking up fake editions of itself every now and then. Self-parodies make up nearly half … Continue reading

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Corey Ford’s “Mis-Fortune,” 1934

Parody Of: Fortune. Title: “Mis-Fortune.” In: Vanity Fair, March 1934, pp. 22-23, 62. By: “John Riddell” (Corey Ford).  Availability: Findable; usually pricey. Dwight Macdonald dismissed Corey Ford’s parodies as “mild” and didn’t include him in his magisterial Parodies: An Anthology from Chaucer to Beerbohm – And … Continue reading

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MIT Voo Doo Parodies, 1923-1991.

If you’ve got a few free hours, head over to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology website and dive into the VooDoo Archive. The second most famous funnybook in Cambridge, Voo Doo (as it was usually spelled) was never as profitable or as … Continue reading

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“Paul Ryan: The Magazine” Needs You

The brains behind last summer’s masterful online-only parody of The New Yorker (a.k.a. “The Neu Jorker”) are now seeking funds for their follow-up project: an “unofficial parody magazine” devoted to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. In addition to mocking the Wisconsin Republican, the one-shot … Continue reading

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