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2012-11-03 03:29:48 PM
Love me some SPY.

Plus one for link.
 
2012-11-03 03:40:54 PM
Boy, that Korean pop star is everywhere.
 
2012-11-03 03:50:13 PM
Way cool. I was a long-time subscriber.
 
2012-11-03 04:23:47 PM
Spy would have been such a comfort over the past decade. :( I miss it.
 
2012-11-03 04:47:35 PM
Can we go back to every issue of OMNI being free? When did that happen?

/had an OMNI subscription when I was six
//my dad was awesome like that
 
2012-11-03 04:53:02 PM
I'm waiting for someone to scan all of Mondo 2000.
 
2012-11-03 04:54:36 PM

timujin: Can we go back to every issue of OMNI being free? When did that happen?

/had an OMNI subscription when I was six
//my dad was awesome like that


Posted this in the other thread, but for those who missed it, all the Omni short stories are online as .jpg files Link here
 
2012-11-03 04:59:29 PM
The two funniest jokes I saw in SPY were:

Q: How do you make pickle bread?

A: With dill dough.

and

Q: What do you call an Indian butler?

A: Mahatma Coat.
 
2012-11-03 05:03:08 PM
OOF!
 
2012-11-03 05:04:20 PM
Obligatory:
www.paperbilia.com

/I know it's a shop, but I've been a big fan of Hillary since this cover came out.
 
2012-11-03 05:05:34 PM
Is that just OMNI fiction? I'd like to find the World's Hardest IQ Test that they published. That was hours of fun.

I found the hardback SPY book in the cutout bin for a dollar. What a steal.
 
2012-11-03 05:06:52 PM
I was one of the boobies subscribers to OMNI [preemptive antifiltration added]. I still remember how the ink stained your fingers, just like Penthouse.
 
2012-11-03 05:07:37 PM

Meatybrain: I was one of the boobies subscribers to OMNI [preemptive antifiltration added]. I still remember how the ink stained your fingers, just like Penthouse.


Okay, not just like Penthouse...
 
2012-11-03 05:15:11 PM
"It's a piece of garbage" --Donald Trump.

Just sold me.
 
2012-11-03 05:18:25 PM
I dl'd every issue of Heavy Metal about a year ago. Not sure where I found the link but it took me forever to track down. I was looking for a specific illustrated story about a little kid with an eye patch and a machine gun who led a motorcycle gang of misfits in a raid to rescue a big boobied hottie from a bunch of mutant cannibals. Childhood memories, etc...

/just letting you guys know it's out there...
 
2012-11-03 05:21:01 PM
My Mom got me a subscription to Omni when it first came out, loved it. I still remember the story Sandkings, by maybe George R. R. Martin? Loved it.
Damn copyight laws get worse and worse.
Fortunately, a lot of really great writers are embracing Creative Commons liscensing.
 
2012-11-03 05:26:54 PM
Remember Spy Magazine? Yeah, me neither

kidding. I used to buy it at the newstand. Remember those?

Oh, and Drew Friedman kicks ass
 
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2012-11-03 05:27:14 PM
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2012-11-03 05:37:49 PM

skantea: I dl'd every issue of Heavy Metal about a year ago. Not sure where I found the link but it took me forever to track down. I was looking for a specific illustrated story about a little kid with an eye patch and a machine gun who led a motorcycle gang of misfits in a raid to rescue a big boobied hottie from a bunch of mutant cannibals. Childhood memories, etc...

/just letting you guys know it's out there...


Loved me some HM and even MH.

Also loved the fact that Marion Zimmer Bradley used to like to refer to it as "naked girls with wings Monthly".

Omni was some cool beans as well. TY for earlier link. Any Canadian Farkers here who were fans of Frank?
 
2012-11-03 05:38:30 PM

mjjt: Posted this in the other thread, but for those who missed it, all the Omni short stories are online as .jpg files Link here


That's cool, but I want the non-fiction (heh) articles. I remember one from about '89 and can't find anything about it anywhere.
 
2012-11-03 05:41:06 PM
My dad subscribed to Omni when I was a kid. I even sent them a short story once. Actually got a hand written rejection note, detailing what was wrong with my writing. You don't get that these days.
 
2012-11-03 05:44:07 PM

skantea: I dl'd every issue of Heavy Metal about a year ago. Not sure where I found the link but it took me forever to track down. I was looking for a specific illustrated story about a little kid with an eye patch and a machine gun who led a motorcycle gang of misfits in a raid to rescue a big boobied hottie from a bunch of mutant cannibals. Childhood memories, etc...

/just letting you guys know it's out there...


i scored the entire run of National Lampoon on a DVD off eBay. supreme joy.
 
2012-11-03 05:49:41 PM
Spy magazine had Clinton pegged as an exceptionally good and frequent liar within the first three months of his presidency. They also exposed Bush for infidelity.
 
2012-11-03 05:51:44 PM
I randomly opened an issue from 1990 to browse for a minute.

Among the more interesting "dated" looking adverts was a full page ad for a new album called "Flood" coming out soon from a band called They Might Be Giants.

Sweet.
 
2012-11-03 05:52:01 PM

Aquapope: mjjt: Posted this in the other thread, but for those who missed it, all the Omni short stories are online as .jpg files Link here

That's cool, but I want the non-fiction (heh) articles. I remember one from about '89 and can't find anything about it anywhere.


Found it: Omni Magazine at Internet Archive.
The mags are in the "All items (most recently added first) -" link.

Anyone know any good internet archives of free decent military or alternate history science-fiction ? (Beside the Baen free library or The Fifth Imperium).

Or know any decent sci-fi authors at sites like fictionpress?
 
2012-11-03 05:52:41 PM
Somewhere around here, I have a letter from Oui Magazine describing the style of porn they would like me to submit. It's handwritten in hilarious chicken scratch.
 
2012-11-03 05:56:17 PM

MorteDiem: My Mom got me a subscription to Omni when it first came out, loved it. I still remember the story Sandkings, by maybe George R. R. Martin? Loved it.


I just reread that this morning (August 1979 issue). It's still just as chilling as I remember.
 
2012-11-03 06:10:07 PM

Coelacanth: "It's a piece of garbage" --Donald Trump.

Just sold me.


He's been confirming their description of him as a "short-fingered vulgarian" is true all these years.
 
2012-11-03 06:12:24 PM

MorteDiem: My Mom got me a subscription to Omni when it first came out, loved it. I still remember the story Sandkings, by maybe George R. R. Martin? Loved it.
Damn copyight laws get worse and worse.
Fortunately, a lot of really great writers are embracing Creative Commons licensing.


You know they televised Sandkings, right? And you could easily find that episode of Outer Limits on any number of websites?

Was Spy Magazine great for its time, but is now horrendously dated? Is this headline mostly for nostalgic reasons or should I try reading it, even at this late date?
 
2012-11-03 06:12:33 PM
I had just found the Spy cache on Google a few weeks ago - it's amazing how much of the fun in that curled up and died as soon as the decade ended. I remember it as being quite funny and anti-pomposity. Now, it almost seems pompous. Very much a creature of its time, and probably necessary that it didn't survive.
 
2012-11-03 06:18:41 PM

bill4935: MorteDiem: My Mom got me a subscription to Omni when it first came out, loved it. I still remember the story Sandkings, by maybe George R. R. Martin? Loved it.
Damn copyight laws get worse and worse.
Fortunately, a lot of really great writers are embracing Creative Commons licensing.

You know they televised Sandkings, right? And you could easily find that episode of Outer Limits on any number of websites?


Part 1 on Youtube. Follow the links there for the rest of the episode.
 
2012-11-03 06:19:41 PM

Krieghund: Obligatory:
[www.paperbilia.com image 400x525]

/I know it's a shop, but I've been a big fan of Hillary since this cover came out.


I know someone who thought that was real, and that Hillary and Janet Reno were ... very friendly.
 
2012-11-03 06:21:26 PM

MorteDiem: My Mom got me a subscription to Omni when it first came out, loved it. I still remember the story Sandkings, by maybe George R. R. Martin? Loved it.
Damn copyight laws get worse and worse.
Fortunately, a lot of really great writers are embracing Creative Commons liscensing.


Oh, I miss OMNI so much. I had a subscription when I was a wee lass...probably too young, some of those short stories scared the daylights out of me. But I miss the articles more. I was sad when it went out of print.
 
2012-11-03 06:57:59 PM
Y'all are making me want to go get my Omni magazines from the box in the basement.
 
2012-11-03 07:10:46 PM
Awesome!

I highly recommend the "Feuds" issue from 1988.
 
2012-11-03 07:16:49 PM

Mr. Eugenides: Y'all are making me want to go get my Omni magazines from the box in the basement.


"Amanda and the Alien" by Robert Silverberg (with NSFW artwork)
 
2012-11-03 07:26:48 PM
Hey do any of you omni readers remember a book from that era called "The Man Who Had No Idea"?
Similar vein to the Omni short stories, iirc. Just wondering if anyone besides me ever read it.
 
2012-11-03 07:55:53 PM

syrynxx: Boy, that Korean pop star is everywhere.


No, that's...heeyyyyyyyyyyy.
 
2012-11-03 08:01:04 PM

JWideman: My dad subscribed to Omni when I was a kid. I even sent them a short story once. Actually got a hand written rejection note, detailing what was wrong with my writing. You don't get that these days.


You got yourself a professional editor, there!

Step 1: Follow edits.
Step 2: Re-submit
Step 3: Profit.

If you can dig it out, I'd do just that.
 
2012-11-03 08:02:58 PM
this is quite awesome

+1 to subby
 
2012-11-03 08:10:28 PM
Somewhat on topic; there is a small convenience store in my area of Denver. In front is a bike-rack that still has a rather large (5 feet by 3 feet) advertising OMNI magazine. I have always been tempted to send in a photo for a PS contest. Now I know I will.

/Love me some Heavy Metal
//Where's National Lampoon archive?
 
2012-11-03 08:15:34 PM

jake_lex: Coelacanth: "It's a piece of garbage" --Donald Trump.

Just sold me.

He's been confirming their description of him as a "short-fingered vulgarian" is true all these years.


I have absolutely no doubt that pissed him off no end. I think he likely tried to buy the place to fire whoever came up with that.
 
2012-11-03 08:17:16 PM

KrispyKritter:

i scored the entire run of National Lampoon on a DVD off eBay. supreme joy.



You lucky, lucky bastard.

/ loved the 'poon
// until that gobshiate matheson turned up
/// I suppose he meant well
 
2012-11-03 08:25:06 PM
I had a subscription to OMNI back in the late 70s/early 80s (ages about 13-17 or so) and to Spy in the late 80s-early 90s (1988 to about 1993-ish).

There was a time when Interview was pretty good, too--then it got reframed as some kind of FHM-style lad mag, IIRC. I think Paper took over in that space but by then I had long lost touch with my NYC clubbing friends and was too old for that shiat anyway.

I tried picking up OMNI again in the late 80s or early 90s and by then it really wasn't as wonderful as I had remembered it.

Ah, the memories of my misspent youth.
 
2012-11-03 08:56:05 PM
I specifically remember one Spy cover I don't see there. On the cover was George Bush Sr sporting a 100 shaved into the hair on the left side of his head. It was for a SPY 100 issue. I can see this cover clearly in my head. Am I mis-remembering, was that an alternate cover or is this archive incomplete?
 
2012-11-03 09:06:37 PM

geekbikerskum: I had a subscription to OMNI back in the late 70s/early 80s (ages about 13-17 or so) and to Spy in the late 80s-early 90s (1988 to about 1993-ish).

There was a time when Interview was pretty good, too--then it got reframed as some kind of FHM-style lad mag, IIRC. I think Paper took over in that space but by then I had long lost touch with my NYC clubbing friends and was too old for that shiat anyway.

I tried picking up OMNI again in the late 80s or early 90s and by then it really wasn't as wonderful as I had remembered it.

Ah, the memories of my misspent youth.


I remember Interview in the late 80s, early 90s. Great stuff. People seemed to be more open with them, because nobody was going to read it anyway. And I remember a barely-legal Drew Barrymore naked on their front cover.
 
2012-11-03 09:31:35 PM
Too-Tall: I specifically remember one Spy cover I don't see there. On the cover was George Bush Sr sporting a 100 shaved into the hair on the left side of his head. It was for a SPY 100 issue. I can see this cover clearly in my head. Am I mis-remembering, was that an alternate cover or is this archive incomplete?

O.k. Found it. Was an 80's cover. Didn't see that.
 
2012-11-03 09:37:30 PM
Oh OMNI, how I miss thee....

Where can I now turn to get cutting-edge information on spontaneous human combustion, alien abduction, and how statistics show the number 13 really is unlucky?

Thanks, OMNI, for shaping the minds of budding young scientists in the 1980s who are now putting that frame of knowledge to work in areas such as vaccination danger and climate change. Well done, guys. Thanks.
 
2012-11-03 11:06:54 PM
I bought it from the newstand and then subscribed: I still have my old back issues although I never read them. Just more paper to churn about the place when I need to find something or make room for something.

It was a pompous little gutsy satire magazine but the people it satirized were so much more so you had to love it. It had a great deal of influence on satire and graphic design--even MAD magazine began to look like it--glossy, garish, busy--when Gaines died.

The founders were two Canadians--this was back in the heyday not only of the short-fingered vulgarian, Donald Trump, but of Canadian real estate giants Robert Campeau (bankrupt), the Reichmans (huge losses on Canary Wharf in London) and press lord Conrad Black. Canadians were taking names and kicking ass in New York at that time and let's be honest, they were a little cheeky. And embarassing.

Still, it was a great magazine in that smug New Yorker way that is adopted by non-New Yorkers who make it in the Big Apple. You had to hate it, you had to love it. It was part of the zeitgheist.

And yes, Donald Trump did try to kill it. Could you blame him? They really had his number back when he was a wheeler-dealer rather than merely famous for being famous. It would have been a great thing if it could have survived in new avatars suited to the mayhem of the last decade or so, but that would have required several make-overs and the hipsters would still have deserted it for not being new enough.
 
2012-11-03 11:36:02 PM
In the manner of all his ilk, co-founder Graydon Carter became what he despised; he is now the Editor in Chief of Vanity Fair, aka "magazine that only exists to throw an Oscar party."
 
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