Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

119. Cosmo Parody with Joan Rivers on Cover

July 2, 2008

Q: There was a Cosmo Parody Issue with Joan Rivers on the cover around 1982 or 1983. Does this sound familiar?

A: It was a separate publication not connected with National Lampoon. See the Comments below for more info.


In the series of magazine parodies Hendra and Kelly edited in the early eighties, they did something called COSMOPARODY. It was an entire magazine, not an article and was not an issue of NL but had many of the same writers.

—Vepo McJeeters

July 5, 2008 7:38 pm

I remember a parody of Cosmo from the Harvard Lampoon that was very witty and much like the National Lampoon style of humor.


July 11, 2008 6:41 pm

It was a special independently created and marketed publication. I have it. Wasn't connected with National Lampoon.

—David Wheeler

August 23, 2008 11:57 pm

Was that one of the ones with the article "Ten ways to decorate your uterine walls"?


October 23, 2008 11:58 am

I have that issue. Magazine published by TSM Publishing Corp. of NY. Quote "This parody has no connection whatsoever with Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Hearst Corporation or Harvard Lampoon." No pages missing nor dog-eared. If interested in making my issue part of your collection, please respond to


February 23, 2010 8:38 pm

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