Tag Archives: Magazine

NatLamp’s “Why Leave This Room?” 1982

Parody Of: Local entertainment guides. Title: “Why Leave This Room?”In: National Lampoon, August 1982, pp 51-55. By: Michael Reiss, Al Jean “and Staff”Availability: Right here; issue common on eBay. There’s a whole subset of parodies that claim to bring news … 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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Bicentennial Burlesques, 1975-76 (and 2008)

In addition to bringing tall ships and fireworks, the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 provided a perfect excuse to swell the nation’s small stock of 18th-century magazines. Time‘s special issues were the most impressive, representing two years work by 26 researchers … Continue reading

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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 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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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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“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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