There once was a time before we used apps on our phones, tablets or even smart watches to get our news, a time even before the 24 hour news channels would tell us what was happening in the world. People would actually read something called a newspaper. You would have many newspapers to pick from, you had your local paper which would tell you about how a cat was stuck up in a tree, or the regional newspaper that would tell you about current events that would happen all over the country . The smart people, the people that really wanted to know what was happening around the world would read the greatest paper of them all ..
The Weekly World News was a largely fictional news tabloid published in the United States from 1979 to 2007, renowned for its outlandish cover stories often based on supernatural or paranormal themes and an approach to news that verged on the satirical. Its characteristic black-and-white covers have become pop-culture images widely used in the arts. It ceased publication in August 2007.
Bat Boy was one of the most famous stories on the cover of the Weekly World News.
This is what made the newspaper so great, you would see it on the store shelves next to the Sun, the National Enquirer and then this!!! The cover of bat boy looking right at you, he was almost saying " buy me, take me home".
The Weekly World News had stories that no one else was covering at the time. Common WWN stories involved alien abductions, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, time travel, an incoming depression/apocalypse and newly found lost prophecies. There were also characters who became stock fixtures in WWN news stories, most famously Bat Boy, a half-bat half-boy superhero, as well as P'Lod, an extraterrestrial who became involved in Earth politics and had an affair with Hillary Clinton.
Another subject often tackled by the WWN is the reemergence of many prominent figures believed to be deceased, including Hank Williams, Marilyn Monroe, and John F. Kennedy. The WWN frequently reported Elvis sightings with a series of articles claiming that Elvis Presley had faked his death and had recently emerged from years of seclusion to prepare for a comeback. Obviously altered photos purported to show a gray-haired, balding Elvis sneaking into a movie theater and coming out of a Burger King restaurant. In 1994, the newspaper ran a front cover with the headline "Elvis Presley Dead!", stating that Elvis was now "really dead" from heart failure after slipping into a diabetic coma.
Merman, Mermaids, Aliens, large human dogs and much much more made the covers of this fine newspaper., but even with those gripping real life stories the Weekly World News went out of print in August 2007.
In 2009, Weekly World News was relaunched as an online only publication. Its current editor-in-chief is Neil McGinness. In late 2010 the WWN ran a satirical story, written by Frank Lake, indicating that the Los Angeles Police Department intended to purchase 10,000 jet packs at a total cost of one billion dollars. The story was reported as fact by the Fox & Friends morning news show.
We have to admit the Weekly World News had some great covers and some really fun headlines.. lets take a look back at some of the best ones.. do you remember reading these?