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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



Writer AA Gill dies of cancer aged 62

The news comes just weeks after revealing his condition in a restaurant review

by Joe Ellison
10 Dec 2016

A 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail has been found in a piece of amber

To echo, Partridge: "Jurassic Park!"

by Emily Badiozzaman
09 Dec 2016

Youngest in your family? Then you're officially the funniest

by Jamie Carson
09 Dec 2016

Donald Trump just gave WWE's Linda McMahon a job in his cabinet

Because of course he did

08 Dec 2016

Bob Dylan announces UK dates for 2017 arena tour

You have six chances to see the icon

by Emily Badiozzaman
08 Dec 2016

Over 120,000 Leave voters have died since Brexit

New data shows the influence the dead have had on the UK's future

by Tristan Cross
08 Dec 2016

Did you miss this devilish detail on Donald Trump's TIME cover?

One hell of a magazine cover

08 Dec 2016

Russell Tovey talks football taboos, showbiz friends and facial hair

ShortList chat to the actor about fame, films and, erm, dog piss

by Ralph Jones
08 Dec 2016

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population drops by 30%

Numbers have fallen by 30% in just 30 years

by Jamie Carson
08 Dec 2016

TIME's new Donald Trump interview is very, very worrying

Just when you thought he'd changed...

by Emily Badiozzaman
07 Dec 2016