PRIVATE EYE #252 (London: August 13th, 1971).
PRIVATE EYE #252 (London: August 13th, 1971).
PRIVATE EYE #252 (London: August 13th, 1971).
PRIVATE EYE #252 (London: August 13th, 1971).
PRIVATE EYE #252 (London: August 13th, 1971).

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PRIVATE EYE #252 (London: August 13th, 1971).

Magazine format. 20pp. Illustrated. Ed. Richard Ingrams. The 'Special Judges Issue', featuring Ralph Steadman's front cover art depicting a naked Judge Argyle with his face obscured ("To avoid prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act, the obscene parts have been blacked out"). Contains a half-page spoof insert printed in red, illustrated with Rupert Bear dressed as a Judge; plus comment by Claud Cockburn, and 1pp. article on the trial, with an accompanying photograph from the protest held outside the Old Bailey.


Private Eye's implicit support for Oz, which originally began in imitation of it, seems ironic, since Richard Ingrams described the Sydney magazine as "gratifyingly bad" and disliked the idea of its later reincarnation in London, predicting that it wouldn't last a year (Peter Cook allegedly burnt the first issue, which lampooned Private Eye, in a Soho pub, and when the [relatively] long-haired Richard Neville and Martin Sharp met Ingrams he famously asked them if they were "pooves").


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