Judge was a weekly United States satire magazine published from 1881 to 1947. It was launched by artists who had seceded from its rival Puck. Among the founders were cartoonist James Albert Wales, dime novel publisher Frank Tousey, and author George H. Jessop.
During the Long Depression, Judge was first printed on October 29, 1881. Despite doing well initially, Puck soon became its biggest competitor. In the early 1890s, the magazine had a circulation of 50,000. During the 1980s and 1990s, Judge boomed with GOP support, surpassing its rival publication in both content and circulation.
Harold Ross edited Judge between April 5 and August 2, 1924. From his experience at the magazine, he started his own in 1925, The New Yorker. The New Yorker’s success, as well as the Great Depression, put pressure on Judge. In 1932, it became a monthly and ceased publication in 1947.
Here is a set of vintage photos showing Judge magazine covers in the 1910s.