Tag Archives: 1950s

Punch Parodies 1: 1954-1956

Punch (1841-1992) loved parody from birth, but it waited over a century to do a full-scale takeoff of another publication. The main holdup was its mid-Victorian layout, which left targets from The Yellow Book to yellow journalism looking very much like … Continue reading

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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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Parodies of Mad, 1954-2019

Some folks can’t handle success. Last year, Mad (b. 1952) passed Judge (1881-1947) to become the longest-lived U.S. humor magazine, newsstand division. This summer, it announced its October 2019 issue — number 9 of the current series — would be the … Continue reading

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Online: Collier’s WW3 & Shaft’s “Collera’s,” 1951-52

Parody Of: Collier’s, Oct. 27, 1951. Title: “Collera’s,” for Oct. 27, 1951 In: U. of Illinois Shaft, Jan. 1952. Format: 13 b&w pages + 1 cover. Magazine parodies rarely focus on one particular issue of their subjects, but the “preview” … 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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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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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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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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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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