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.

Lampoon vs. Crimson since 1901

College humor magazines and college newspapers were natural enemies back in the day. They still are at Harvard, where the feud between the Lampoon and the Crimson is now in its second century. “Opposition to the Crimson . . . … Continue reading

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Punch Parodies 1: 1954-1956

Punch (1841-1992) loved parody from birth, but it waited over a century to do a full-scale takeoff of another publication. The main holdup was its mid-Victorian layout, which left targets from The Yellow Book to yellow journalism looking very much like … Continue reading

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The New Yorker’s “Paunch,” 1934

Parody Of: Punch. Title: “Paunch.” In: The New Yorker, January 13, 1934, pp. 17-24. By: Thurber, Benchley, White, Irvin, etc. Availability: Sometimes findable on eBay, Abebooks, etc.; archived online at newyorker.com (subscription required). “By humorous [art] we do not mean comic … Continue reading

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NatLamp’s “Why Leave This Room?” 1982

Parody Of: Local entertainment guides. Title: “Why Leave This Room?”In: National Lampoon, August 1982, pp 51-55. By: Michael Reiss, Al Jean “and Staff”Availability: Right here; issue common on eBay. There’s a whole subset of parodies that claim to bring news … Continue reading

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An Overlooked NatLamp Spoof, 1977

The first issue of National Lampoon, dated April, hit newsstands on March 19, 1970. It did not hit my P.O. box in Davidson, North Carolina, however, despite the Occupant being a charter subscriber at the bullseye of the target demo: … Continue reading

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Portfolio: 10 Parodies from the 1920s

In an effort to pick up the posting pace just a bit, I’m introducing a new category called “Portfolio,” which will offer many pictures and few words. Today being palindromic 02/02/2020, it seems appropriate to begin with twenty magazine covers from … Continue reading

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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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