Saturday, February 23, 2013

BALLYHOO Magazine Part Two Late 1930s

Halloween Number 1937 ~ the future!

Published in the United States by Dell and created by George Delacorte Jr., Ballyhoo was an unusual magazine filled with humor and satire. It appeared in both American and English editions, often with thematic "special" issues. Because of its general tone of irreverence for the establishment and spoof advertising, Ballyhoo is sometimes credited as being the inspiration for Mad magazine. The early 1930s issues were full size with excellent cover illustrations, many by Russell Patterson. The issues leading up to the WWII era were reduced to digest size (see previous post) with a mix of humor and political satire on the covers. More of the story here.

The Horror Number

Invitation to be a cover girl

The Gang! Note the Look and Life logotypes.

The Cock-Eyed Number

The Jap Number. Cotton stockings ~ Boycott Meets Girl!

Graffitied Ginger Rogers cover

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