SPY is back?!?
The satirical magazine that reigned in print from 1986 to 1998 is back online for the final month before the 2016 elections, thanks to Esquire.
As SPY‘s co-founder Kurt Andersen wrote today, people have asked over the years if SPY ever would make a comeback. With so much satire already on TV and online, Andersen couldn’t see a reason for it. He wrote:
Then came the last year: the withdrawal of Stewart and Colbert from Comedy Central, the death of Gawker, the return of Hillary, and especially the rise of Donald Trump. SPY pioneered the exposure and ridicule of Trump back in its day, of course, always referring to him as “short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump”— and in this campaign, astonishingly, that epithet (and the general tiny-hand critique) resurfaced in a big way. As Trump became the Republicans’ presumptive nominee, lots more people, pretty much every day, said to me, “SPY really needs to be rebooted, if only just for the election.”
I guess maybe they’re right, so I’m very pleased that Esquire has decided to produce an online pop-up SPY during the last thirty days of the presidential campaign. It has my whole-hearted best wishes. And it’s also a nice serendipity that this October will mark the magazine’s thirtieth anniversary. It’s as if SPY, a retired superhero, is making a brief but necessary comeback.
There are several articles per day coming your way for the next month at Esquire/SPY.