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.

Wisconsin Octopus Parodies, 1920-1959

The Magazine Before The Onion, the most famous humor magazine to come out of Madison was the University of Wisconsin Octopus, b. November 1919, d. 1959, after UW officials found the May issue so offensive they extinguished the title. The editors … Continue reading

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Parodies of Mad, 1954-2019

Some folks can’t handle success. Last year, Mad (b. 1952) passed Judge (1881-1947) to become the longest-lived U.S. humor magazine, newsstand division. This summer, it announced its October 2019 issue — number 9 of the current series — would be the … Continue reading

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Online: Collier’s WW3 & Shaft’s “Collera’s,” 1951-52

Parody Of: Collier’s, Oct. 27, 1951. Title: “Collera’s,” for Oct. 27, 1951 In: U. of Illinois Shaft, Jan. 1952. Format: 13 b&w pages + 1 cover. Magazine parodies rarely focus on one particular issue of their subjects, but the “preview” … Continue reading

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Bicentennial Burlesques, 1975-76 (and 2008)

In addition to bringing tall ships and fireworks, the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 provided a perfect excuse to swell the nation’s small stock of 18th-century magazines. Time‘s special issues were the most impressive, representing two years work by 26 researchers … Continue reading

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Online: “The Washington Post,” 2019

Parody Of: The Washington Post. Title: “The Washington Post” Parody By: Jacques Servin, L.A. Kauffman, Onnesha Roychoudhuri. Date: May 1, 2019 (distributed Jan. 16, 2019). Format: Eight-page broadsheet. Contributors: L.A. Kauffman, Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Jacques Servin, etc. Availability: Online as a PDF here at my-washingtonpost.com. How did I miss this? … Continue reading

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“A Word with Punch,” 1847

Parody Of: Punch. Title: “A Word with Punch.” Date: November 11, 1847. Parody By: Alfred Bunn. Format: 12-page magazine. Contributors: Albert Smith, Shirley Brooks, George Augustus Sala. Availability: Nowhere online;  held by the British Library and a few other collections. Strange … Continue reading

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Online: Punch’s “Time,” 1960

Parody Of: Time. Title: “Time.” In: Punch, December 14, 1960. Length: 10 pages, 2 in color. Contributors: Norman Mansbridge, William Hewison (art); no writer credits. Availability: Online right here; print copies scarce but findable. Here’s a last-minute Christmas present — all 10 pages of … Continue reading

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Playboy Parodies 3: Foreign, 1963-2017

Playboy has launched dozens of international editions since 1972, but only a handful of foreign parodists have returned the favor. In 1963, students at Toronto’s Queens University Law School put out a 12-page tabloid called “Lawboy.” A collection of local … Continue reading

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Playboy Parodies 2: U.S. Newsstands, 1957-2018

(This is the second of a now three-part series on Playboy parodies. The first dealt with college parodies; the next will cover parodies circulated outside the U.S.) Unlike their college brethren, commercial publishers in the 1950s and ’60s showed little … Continue reading

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