Category Archives: Newsstand Parodies

Full-length specials and features in magazines.

Online: Spy’s “New York Times,” 1992.

Parody Of: The New York Times. Title: “The New York Times.” Parody By: Spy. Date: July 15, 1992. Length: 4 pages. Contributors: Uncredited. Availability: Occasionally seen on eBay and abebooks; online right here. Amid the current worry over “fake news,” it might be soothing to revisit a political hoax that only wanted to raise a … Continue reading

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Online: National Lampoon’s “Mad,” 1971

Parody Of: Mad. Title: “Mad.” Parody In: National Lampoon. Date: October 1971. Length: 15 pages. Contributors: John Boni, Sean Kelly, Henry Beard (writers); John Romita, Joe Orlando, Ernie Colon, Al Weiss, Babi Jeri, John Lewis, Stuart Schwartzberg, Ralph Reese. Availability: Online here. Reprinted in National Lampoon Comics (1974) and National Lampoon’s Magazine … Continue reading

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Parodists and Copycats

When is a parody not a parody? When it’s a straight-faced, money-grubbing imitation, according to the courts. Lawsuits over parodies of copyrighted works are rare and their outcomes unpredictable, but two things any accused parodist better be able to show are (1) that no reasonable person could … Continue reading

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Esquire’s “Ladies Whom BeCause,” 1962.

Parody Of: McCall’s / Ladies’ Home Journal. Title: “Ladies Whom BeCause.” Parody In: Esquire.  Date: July 1962. Pages: 7. Contributors: Howard Zieff (photos), John McCray (art); no writer credits. Availability: Not hard to find. Every so often, a magazine develops an unexpected craving for parodies, features them for a few years, then moves … Continue reading

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Spy’s 10-Magazine Parody Pack, 1991

Parody Of (in order): Vanity Fair, People, The New Republic, Architectural Digest, Esquire, Rolling Stone, New York, GQ, New York Times Book Review, Harper’s. Title: “Coming Soon to a Newsstand Near You.” Parody In: Spy, August 1991. Pages: 9. Contributors: Uncredited. … Continue reading

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Harvey Kurtzman’s “Sporty Illustrations,” 1957

Parody Of: Sports Illustrated. Title: “Sporty Illustrations.” Parody In: Trump magazine. Date: March 1957. Pages: 10. Contributors: Harvey Kurtzman, Bernard Shir-Clif (writers), Will Elder, Jack Davis, Al Jaffee (art). Availability: Reprinted in Trump: The Complete Collection (Fantagraphics, coming August 30, 2016). I’ve had my hopes dashed before, … Continue reading

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Harvey Kurtzman’s “Daily Poop,” 1954

Parody Of: The New York Daily News. Title: “Daily Poop.” Parody In: Mad comics #16. Date: October 1954. Pages: 6. Contributors: Harvey Kurtzman (writer), Jack Davis (art). Availability: Findable. Reprinted in The Mad Reader (Ballantine, 1954), Mad, Vol. 3, No. 13-17 (Russ Cochran, 1987), Tales Calculated to Drive You … Continue reading

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The Most Parodied Magazine?

(WARNING: The following observations are based on the author’s own haphazard — though extensive — collecting and are informed speculation, not gospel. It is even possible  his list of Most Parodied Magazines is imperfect and should include Confidential, Liberty, Mad, National Geographic, Police Gazette, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone or Vogue. Further research is called for, as they … Continue reading

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Punch’s first “Pl*yb*y,” 1966

Parody Of: Playboy. Title: “Pl*yb*y.” Parody By: Punch.  Date: July 13, 1966. Pages: 4. Contributors: Alexander Frater, Norman Mansbridge, William Hewison. Availability: Occasionally sighted on eBay. Two months before the Harvard Lampoon used the same asterisk-specked title, the 125th birthday number of Punch contained a brief parody of Playboy called “Pl*yb*y.” British magazines Queen and Country Life were targeted … Continue reading

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