Playbore (Robert Vare) - American Parody & Travesty Corp. - Fall 1983 - 96 pages

Apparently, this parody of Playboy magazine was the only product of the American Parody & Travesty Corporation that ceased to exist in the mid-1990s.  It is not terrible but some of the humor does not work and many of the articles read like fillers.  However, the art director (Michael Longacre) has really captured the look of the targeted publication which is critical for a true parody.  AP&T hired some first-class writers including George Plimpton (1927-2003), Ellis Weiner (Doon, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, etc.), Bruce McCall (National Lampoon), Chris Miller (National Lampoon) et al.  And, none of them are given credits for individual articles.  Although most of the Playboy-style jokes are weak, the advertisement parodies are excellent.  Unlike many similar magazine parodies, Playbore's ad parodies out-numbered their paid advertisements.  All of the standard Playboy features are here but by 1983 the jokes had grown stale.  [JAM 2/28/2017]

Front Cover - Barbi Benton
Inside Front Cover - Snaab (ad parody)
4 - American Impress (ad parody)
5 - Playbilge
6 - Axis Electronics (ad parody)
7 - Index
8 - List of Contributors; Jockwear (ad parody)
9 - Cumpari (ad Parody)
11 - The World of Playbore
13 - Dear Playbore; Polaride (ad parody)
15 - Playbore After Hours And Hours
16 - Checking In (Samuel Beckett)
17 - What Sort of Man Reads Playbore?
19 - Movies
20 - 1984: Son of Big Brother by "Joey Lenny"
21 - Playbore Club
22 - Boer Beer (ad parody)
23 - Agony by Cruciflex (ad parody)
24 - BeDears (ad parody)
25 - Guys by "Isa Babbler"
27 - The Playbore Advisor
29 - What Sort of Man Reads Playbore?
30 - Ladar (ad parody)
31 - Dear Placemats
33 - The Playbore Pathology by "Hugh M. Hepner"
34 - The Playbore Forum
36 - Tabaq: Tobacco Liqueur (ad parody)
37 - Playbore Interview: Jesus Christ by "Peter Rose DeRange"
38 - The Franklin Smith: The 15 Greatest Rocks in America (ad parody)
41 - Bedroom cartoon by "Kirap"
42 - Rabbit is Dead by "John Update"
44 - What Ails the Cosmos? (symposium)
46 - Playbore's Placemat of the Month: Daddy's  Little Woman ("Ms. Crispie Hepner")
52 - Playbore's Party Jokester (drawings by "MeRoy MeNeiman")
53 - Bedroom cartoon by "Jock Dumpster"
54 - Gary, We Hardly Knew Ye by "David Halberstammer"
56 - Twenty Years of Unsolicitude by "Gabriel Garcia Marketz"
58 - Girls of the PLO
60 - The History of Sex in Architecture by "Hapless Alpert & Arthur Tright"
63 - Playbore Mansion: Sun City
66 - Wrestlingate by "A. Craig Detritus"
68 - Alien Bedroom cartoon by "Ghoulish Swillson"
69 - Fed Up by "Carl Burnstein"
70 - How to Raise a Jewish Hamster by "Dan Groanburg"
71 - Updating the Old Masters by "MeRoy MeNeiman"
72 - The Playbore Readers Sex Surveillance Part One
73 - Women Wear by "David Plaid"
76 - 20 Questions: Sawyer/Savitch
78 - Eating Nastassja Kinski
81 - Tits & Ass by "Shil Shallowstyle"
82 - Condomaximum (ad parody)
83 - Scribbled Classic: The Intrewder in the Queenye's Bedchamber by "Narcissa Blandish and Dorian Treadway"
84 - Playbore Funnies by "Frank Bejesus + Recurrent Duds"
85 - Li'l Hep by "Hugh M. Hepner"
86 - How to Pick Up Coins! (ad parody); Nocojones Boots (ad parody)
87 - Little Andy Fanny by "Willie Kurtz and Harv Elderlyman"
89 - Firing Squad cartoon
91 - Playbore on the Scene
95 - Barbi's Rabbit Stew (Playbore ad)
96 - Why Read Playbore?; Changing Your Sex?; Month Next
Inside Back Cover - Budweiser (real ad)
Back Cover - Hardley-Dangerous Exercycles (ad parody)