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30 Greatest Private Eye Covers


Private Eye has been a constant thorn in the side of corrupt politicians, nonsensical government, brainless celebrities, morally-bankrupt journalists and general hypocrites since it was founded in October 1961.

Much like the sadly missed Spitting Image, you knew you'd made it when the magazine was unearthing your dodgy dealings, dragging those skeletons out of the cupboard and making fun of your ill-thought-out masterplans.

Private Eye has achieved all this while never forgetting to be entertaining, and a new exhibition at the V&A Museum in London showcases original artwork for some of the funniest and most cutting Private Eye cartoons over the years, produced by a range of artists including William Rushton, Nick Newman and Michael Heath, amongst many others. The exhibition is presented in the style of the magazine's Soho office, and features numerous items from the magazine's past campaigns and numerous court cases, including a flying Robert Maxwell and a life-sized cardboard cut out of (Reverend) Tony Blair.

To celebrate, Private Eye has given us 30 of the best for viewing pleasure. head to the V&A for the rest.

Private Eye: The First 50 Years is on display in the V&A’s Studio Gallery from 18 October 2011 to 8 January 2012 - admission to the display is free

A book entitled Private Eye: the first 50 years by Adam McQueen will be published by Private Eye on 12 September



When cartoons get political


Headlines as cartoons



David Dimbleby kicked someone off 'Question Time' for being rowdy

Rock 'n' roll politics

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May for first time in PM poll

Everything's coming up Corbyn

by Alex Finnis
23 Jun 2017

Some people aren't happy about Grenfell Tower survivors' new homes

Residents lost their homes just last week

by Tom Victor
22 Jun 2017

Boys turn up to school dressed in skirts to protest shorts ban

That's one way to do it

by Carl Anka
22 Jun 2017

The Daily Mail is hilariously losing its rag over a Guardian cartoon

They've gone full breakdown

by Dave Fawbert
22 Jun 2017

Similar cladding to Grenfell Tower being used on 600 other high rises

Sadiq Khan has called for all of it to be removed

by Dave Fawbert
22 Jun 2017

Lazy? Got a dog? You're going to want to see this genius trick

Yet another benefit of having a dog

by Carl Anka
22 Jun 2017

There's a 51% chance that people on dating sites are in a relationship

Plus more terrifying online dating stats

by Gary Ogden
22 Jun 2017

Boris Johnson giving an absolute car-crash interview on BBC radio

He's got no idea what he's on about

by Dave Fawbert
22 Jun 2017

Men are more likely than women to use their phones on the toilet

We hope you use wet wipes on your mobile...

by Carl Anka
22 Jun 2017