College Humor (magazine)

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Cover of the September, 1925 issue.

College Humor was a popular American humor magazine from the 1920s to the 1940s. Published monthly by Collegiate World Publishing,[1] it began in 1920[2] with reprints from college publications and soon introduced new material, including fiction. The headquarters was in Chicago.[1] Contributors included Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Groucho Marx, Ellis Parker Butler, Katherine Brush, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald.[3] Editor H.N. Swanson later became Fitzgerald's Hollywood agent.

The magazine featured cartoons by Sam Berman, Ralph Fuller, John Held Jr., Otto Soglow and others.

The cover price in 1930 was 35 cents (for 130 pages of content). Dell Publishing acquired the title for a run that began in November, 1934. In the late 1930s, it was purchased by Ned Pines and turned into a girlie magazine. Collegian Press, Inc. was the publisher in the early 1940s.[4]

A competing magazine in 1933 was titled College Humor & Sense. That same year, Paramount released the college campus musical College Humor with Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, George Burns and Gracie Allen. College Humor ceased publication in Spring 1943.[5]