Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Spy’s creation comes the definitive anthology, inside story, and scrapbook. Spy: The Funny Years will remind the magazine’s million readers why they loved and depended on Spy and bring to a new generation the jewels of its reporting and writing, photography, illustration, design, and world-class mischief-making. It will demonstrate Spy’s singular niche in American magazine and cultural history. But it is also intended to be enjoyed on its own: one beautiful volume containing Spy’s funniest and most creative work, along with the ultimate insiders’ account of how it all came to be.
All the best is here: Separated at Birth; Naked City; The Fine Print; Logrolling in Our Time; the Blurb-o-Mat; those hysterical (and now ubiquitous) charts; the inside stories on the New York Times and Hollywood by J.J. Hunsecker and Celia Brady; the covers; investigative features; and the hilarious stories on pretty much everyone who was anyone during the late 80s and early 90s. Not to mention the often grisly but always entertaining regular cast of characters from Spy’s pages -- the churlish dwarf billionaires; beaver-faced moguls; bull-whip-wielding uber-agents; knobby-kneed socialites; and, of course, short-fingered vulgarians.
During its heyday, from 1986 through 1993, Spy broke important ground in journalism and design, defining smartness for its generation. It was a once-in-a-lifetime creation that shaped the zeitgeist and succeeded (for a while) against all odds. Spy: The Funny Years will be the fun, stylish, hilarious holiday gift of the year.
Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen co-founded Spy. Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair magazine. Andersen has since been editor-in-chief of New York magazine and is now a bestselling novelist and award-winning host of public radio’s Studio 360. George Kalogerakis, a deputy editor of Spy at its launch, has since been a writer and editor for magazines including New York, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. He is now the deputy editor of Travel + Leisure.