Category Archives: College: 1946 on

Playboy Parodies 1: College, 1955-1989

Parodies of Playboy fall roughly into two groups and two eras: those created by college students, mostly in the 1950s and ’60s, and those done by commercial publishers, mostly in the ’70s and ’80s. The catalyst for the shift was … Continue reading

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Jester’s “Columbia College Toady,” 1969

Parody Of: Columbia College Today. Parody By: Jester of Columbia. Title: “Columbia College Toady.” Date: April 1969. Format: 8.375″x11″ stapled magazine, 32 pp. + covers. Availability: Very scarce. The Columbia Jester’s 1969 parody of the school’s alumni mag is no match for such classics as … Continue reading

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Harvard’s “New York Times,” March 7, 1968

Parody Of: The New York Times. Title: “The New York Times” Parody By: Harvard Lampoon. Date: March 7, 1968. Length: Front page only? Contributors: Rob Hoffman, Jonathan Cerf, Peter Gable. Availability: Very rare; reprinted in the Harvard Lampoon Centennial Celebration (pp. 38-39) and 100 Years of Harvard Lampoon Parodies (pp. 30-31). … Continue reading

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Duke + Look = “Dook,” 1949

Parody Of: Look. Title: “Dook (and Duchess).” Parody By: Duke and Duchess. Date: November 19, 1949. Length: 28 pages plus covers. Availability: Hard to find; one copy sold on eBay in late 2017. College humor mags were prone to grumble-brag about how much time and effort they … 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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The Yale Record’s “Smut,” 1951.

  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

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Yale Record Parodies Since 1926

The Yale Record was founded in 1872 and likes to call itself “the nation’s oldest college humor magazine,” but its no-nonsense title gives the game away. It really started out as “a Godawful boring weekly news sheet” that used humor mostly as … Continue reading

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College Parodies (Ballentine Books, 1961)

Book: College Parodies (New York: Ballantine Originals, 1961). By: Will and Martin Lieberson (editors). Pages: 254. Parodies Of: See below. Availability: Easy to find online. I know of only three anthologies of magazine and newspaper parodies, and two of them have the word “lampoon” in … Continue reading

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