Weekly World News on Google Books

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Over at Orange Crate Art, Michael Leddy spotted old print issues of that bastion of great journalism, The Weekly World News, archived on Google Books! I want to believe! Weekly World News on Google Books


  1. The WWN got pretty interesting when it became a straight humor mag, home to lots of great cartoonists & writers. Sergio Aragones! Ernie Colon! Great stuff.

  2. as long as there’s a still Page 5 girl, i’m there!

    somewhere at my grandmother’s, i have a giant stack of these. i bought it every week for a few years in high school and college.

  3. This magazine was the source of some ‘great’ family arguments in the 90s. My grandfather was convinced that because it said ‘news’ that it was legitimate news. It would make my head explode that someone with such a great technical mind couldnt see this stuff for the BS it was.

  4. This magazine will always have a special place in my heart, as I was an avid reader of this rag when I was 13-years-old. I would spend the summers with my grandmother in rural Michigan and would buy the thing every week and read it cover to cover. This wasn’t appreciated by my grandmother who told me not to buy it because it would almost always scare the living shit out of me on a weekly basis. I’m looking at the archive at the “NASA takes photos of ghosts in space” story that was in the Aug. 8, 1995 issue, and almost remember walking into the Harvey Morris’ party store in Glennie, Michigan and buying the damn thing – as well as a Charlston Chew – while my grandmother bought cigarettes. Then taking the thing home and reading it around the kitchen table while my grandmother knitted and my grandfather read the Detroit Free Press. This played out every week, and I would lay in bed and think of the disturbing shit I would read in that paper, and comfort myself with the Page 5 girl.

  5. My favorite series of stories were the aliens visiting particular political figures. First it was Bill Clinton, then it was Rush Limbaugh. Ah, good times.

  6. They had the best random headline generator. “Statue of Elvis Found on Mars!” followed a bit later with “Statue of Elvis Found on the Moon!”. I loved it. It’s like a surreal version of The Onion.

  7. It was my teenage dream to be a page designer at the WWN. Sadly, I hurt myself pretty bad applying drop shadow to Futura Extra Black in college and never fully recovered.

    I had to settle for USA Today.

  8. I once had a photo used by them – it was mistakenly ditributed by a photo service, they handled the fall out honorably. Looking back at it now, I am pretty happy to have gotten in before they folded.

  9. a personal favorite cover story from the late ’80’s was “Aliens Are Stealing America’s Pennies”

    Apparently, aliens have become so advanced that they have forgotten how to mine the zinc they need for sunscreen to protect their pale flesh. So they have come to America and work in convenience stores, stealing all of our pennies and using the zinc to make zinc oxide.

    Sounds like ABC’s “V” owes WWN some “created by” credit

  10. What can I say, I love Google Books. Not so much for things like this, but the fact that I can look at old guides of the route from New York to Albany along post roads back when horseback was the main method of transportation.

    Information is cool.

  11. As I recall, Satan escaped from Hell approximately once a year, with similar photographic evidence, and of course his frightful visage was present in the billowing smoke of the 9/11 tragedy. Has he just been escaping this whole time, cause he’s really big?

  12. “Tue, Dec.29 |
    Doing a google search for Page Five Girls I learned that I can buy one at Target!”

    Oh, man, I’m there!


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