Category Archives: Newsstand Parodies

Full-length specials and features in magazines.

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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National Lampoon Parodies, A to Z

Here’s the alphabetical version of the chronology of National Lampoon magazine and newspaper parodies posted earlier (which see for the intro to this topic). Each entry begins with the name of the publication being parodied, in italics; followed by the fake … Continue reading

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National Lampoon Parodies, 1970-2006

This week’s debut on Netflix of another movie about the early years of National Lampoon — not a documentary this time, a biopic  of Doug Kenny — provides all the excuse I need to catalog its magazine and newspaper parodies. … Continue reading

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“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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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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“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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