Turns out we needed a serious book about a funny magazine. Spy: The Funny Years is
a glossy, glorious examination of just why Spy was instantly wildly influential when the now-defunct satirical monthly launched in 1987. Beyond the period humour (life-size rub-on Mikhail Gorbachev birthmark decal), it’s an ode to Spy's founders, flippy-coiffed Canuck-in-denial Graydon Carter and terrifying monsterbrained essayist/self-promoter Kurt Andersen. Also a social history of a particular moment, the last few years before computerized design and the Internet changed everything in journalism. Paul Wells
The story you want is part of the Maclean’s Archives. To access it, log in here or sign up for your free 30-day trial.
Experience anything and everything Maclean's has ever published — over 3,500 issues and 150,000 articles, images and advertisements — since 1905. Browse on your own, or explore our curated collections and timely recommendations.WATCH THIS VIDEO for highlights of everything the Maclean's Archives has to offer.