- Parodies in Mad, 1954-2017
- The Bawl Street Journal, 1919-2009
- Columbia Jester Parodies, 1913-1989
- The Chaparral Mocks L&M, 1960
- Parodies In Playboy, 1970-2000
- Corey Ford’s “Mis-Fortune,” 1934
- MIT Voo Doo Parodies, 1923-1985.
- “Paul Ryan: The Magazine” Needs You
- The Yale Record’s “Smut,” 1951.
- Online: Spy’s “New York Times,” 1992.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Parody Of: Various girly mags. Title: “Smut.” Parody By: Yale Record. Date: February 1951. Format: 16 tabloid-size newsprint pages in slick covers, stapled. Contributors: None credited, but the 1950-51 Record Board included Walter J. Hunt (Chairman), Richard C. Lemon (Managing Editor) and Denver Lindley, Jr. (Art … Continue reading