Punch (magazine)

Punch, or The London Charivari
Punch volume 1 cover (1841).png
Cover of the first Punch, or The London Charivari, depicts Punch hanging a caricatured Devil, 1841 (see gallery below for enlarged detail)
CategoriesPolitics, culture, humour, satire
FounderHenry Mayhew
Ebenezer Landells
First issue17 July 1841
Final issue2002
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

Punch, or The London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and wood-engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. From 1850, John Tenniel was the chief cartoon artist at the magazine for over 50 years.

After the 1940s, when its circulation peaked, it went into a long decline, closing in 1992. It was revived in 1996, but closed again in 2002.

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