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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



Rod Stewart was hilariously pissed on live television over the weekend


by Sam Diss
23 Jan 2017

Artist makes a 27ft Knife Angel out of 100,000 confiscated weapons

Could this end up in Trafalgar Square?

20 Jan 2017

Finally, a Top Trumps game that shows all of Donald Trump's personas

For 1-4 Caucasian players

by Emily Badiozzaman
20 Jan 2017

Brilliant political cartoons that sum up Donald Trump's idiocy

Because sometimes you have to laugh. Right? RIGHT?

20 Jan 2017

Read Obama’s farewell letter to the American people

"You made me a better man"

by Emily Badiozzaman
20 Jan 2017

Yohji Yamamoto's new collection actually makes us want to wear a suit

We'll have one of everything, please

by Sam Diss
20 Jan 2017

This kid set a fire at anti-Trump rally; totally owned it on live TV

We want to be this kid when we grow up

by Sam Diss
20 Jan 2017

The West Wing Staff's goodbye video to Obama is truly heartbreaking

Tissues at the ready guys

by Dave Fawbert
20 Jan 2017

All the insane perks Donald Trump will get as President

Presidential seal M&Ms anyone?

by Paddy Maddison
19 Jan 2017

US comic Rob Delaney writes powerful open letter praising the NHS

From an American in Britain

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Jan 2017