February 17th, 2011
12:59 PM ET
Before celebrity snark ran rampant on the Internet, there was Spy magazine.
The mag came to an end in 1998, but in an effort to help you relive those memories - or introduce you to the mag if you missed it the first time around - Google has cultivated a digital collection of back issues.
Created in 1986 by authors and editors Kurt Andersen and Graydon Carter along with publisher Tom Phillips, the magazine was far from afraid to cast a humorously critical eye on some of the big personalities of the time. As Carter has explained to CNN, the "rough idea" was "for a magazine that would be about New York, that would be based on journalism, would be funny and look reasonably good."
By doing so, the magazine gained a following of both adoring fans and ticked-off A-listers. The writer Dave Eggers called it "cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all," whereas Donald Trump – oft a target – viewed it as a “piece of garbage,” NPR reports.
Whichever viewpoint you adopt of the famed publication, the issues are now available via Google books.
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