Over at Very Short List they're pimping out VSL co-founder Kurt Andersen's Spy: The Funny Years. (It's okay, though, they do it under the rubric of "Logrolling in our time," which is so, like, meta!) There's a sneak preview of the book, offering about five pages of vintage Spy, (The Greatest Magazine Ever! The first mag to use funny charts! And be snarky! Or notice that this thing looks like that other thing!) including graphs, the feature you see above, and a mean letter from Donald Trump. Gah. Either years of non-stop ironic detachment have somehow withered our sense of humor or people had way lower standards in the eighties. But whatever, we'll still buy it. Probably a few things left to rip off.
Sample pages from Spy [VSL]