Tag Archives: 1940s

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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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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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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More New Yorker parodies online

In case “The Neu Jorker” doesn’t sate your appetite for fake New Yorkers, here are two more you can read in their entirety online: Parody Of: The New Yorker. Title: “The New Yorker.” Parody By: Northwestern Purple Parrot.  Date: February 1942. Pages: 36. Contributors: Portia McClain, Mary Ellen Sams (editors), et al. … Continue reading

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