Tag Archives: 1960s

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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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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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 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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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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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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A mysterious “Newsweek,” 1963

Parody Of: Newsweek. Title: “Newsweek.” Parody By: Unknown. Date: “November 18, 1963.” Pages: Unknown. Contributors: Unknown. Availability: Vanished from the face of the earth, AFAIK. Of all the magazine parodies I’ve heard of but never seen, 1963’s anonymous “Newsweek International Edition” is the most puzzling. Calling it “a vicious piece of propaganda,” the real Newsweek for … Continue reading

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