Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern

The Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern (also known as the Jacko)[1] is a college humor magazine, founded at Dartmouth College in 1908.

Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern
Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern logo.svg
TypeHumor magazine
FormatQuarterly magazine
Owner(s)Dartmouth College
HeadquartersHanover, New Hampshire


One of the magazine's oldest traditions is "Stockman's Dogs". In the October 1934 issue, F.C. Stockman (class of 1935) drew a single-panel cartoon of two dogs talking to each other. That same cartoon has appeared in virtually every issue published since, always with a different caption.[2]

The magazine is alluded to in the opening lines of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "The Lost Decade", which was first published in Esquire in 1939.[3]

Jack-O-Lantern writers Nic Duquette and Chris Plehal invented the unofficial Dartmouth mascot Keggy the Keg in the fall of 2003.[4]

1972-74 the Editor in chief was playwright Robert DeKanter '74. Among the first Dartmouth women on the staff was Barbara Donnelly, '77, later a writer for the Wall Street Journal.

DeKanter was succeeded by the team Brad Brinegar and Maxwell Anderson, both '77. One evening in July, 1975, cartoonists Brian "Hojo" Hansen '76 and Mike Mosher '77 slipped in and painted a cubist rendition of bibulous alumni in translucent acrylic washes upon the wall. When this was eradicated the following week, Hansen and Mosher replaced it with a Renaissance-style "pittura infamante" (topic of an art history lecture in Carpenter Hall) called "Allegory of the Evisceration of Humor", depicting Brinegar and Anderson abusing a Jack-O-Lantern figure. "This was the perfect crime" enthused Hansen, "for to paint it over would prove our point: that they have no sense of humor."

1976-78 the Editor was N. Brooks Clark, who published a Jack-O-Lantern calendar during his tenure. Clark wrote a parody of the controversial college-issued sex guide, which he called "Thrilling Contraception Comics and Stories", illustrated by Mosher and featuring a wisecracking spermatozoic guide, Snappy Sammy Sperm. It was reprinted in the 1982 Holt paperback collection of 1970s college humor,[5] whose lead editor Joey Green was the founding editor of the Cornell Lunatic.

A 2006 video prank by the Jack-O-Lantern on a Dartmouth College tour group entitled "Drinkin' Time" was featured in an article by the Chronicle of Higher Education,[6] posted by AOL on the Online Video Blog,[7] and was mentioned by The Volokh Conspiracy.[8] As of November 2013, the video has garnered over 585,000 views on YouTube.[9]


The Jacko publishes print issues approximately four times a year, as well as regularly updated online content and occasional video productions. The magazine devotes one publication cycle each year to a parody of the campus newspaper, The Dartmouth.[1]

Notable alumniEdit

Some notable writers, artists, comedians and politicians began their careers at the Jacko, including:[10]


  1. ^ a b "About This Site". Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  2. ^ "85th Anniversary Issue" (PDF). Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Fall 1995. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, F. Scott (December 1939). "The Lost Decade". Esquire. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  4. ^ Orbuch, Steve (2003-11-04). "Jacko mascot 'Keggy' wins many Dartmouth fans". The Dartmouth. Archived from the original on 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
  5. ^ Green, Joey; Handy, Bruce; Corcoran, Alan, eds. (1982). Hellbent on Insanity. p. 66. ISBN 0-03-059981-4.
  6. ^ Bartlett, Thomas (2007-04-06). "Culture Watch: The College Prank as Viral Video". Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
  7. ^ Tonka D. (2007-02-22). "AOL Video Log". AOL. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
  8. ^ Kerr, Orin (2007-02-03). "'It's Drinkin' Time!'". The Volokh Conspiracy. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
  9. ^ DartmouthJacko. "Drinkin' Time". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  10. ^ "About Us: History". Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  11. ^ Geisel, Theodor Seuss (2005). "Dr. Seuss Biography". In Taylor, Constance (ed.). Theodor Seuss Geisel The Early Works of Dr. Seuss. 1. 228 Byers Road, Suite 201, Miamisburg, OH 45342: Checker Book Publishing Group. p. 6. ISBN 1-933160-01-2.CS1 maint: location (link)
  12. ^ Estrada, Louie (2005-10-25). "Conn. Congressman John Monagan Dies". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  13. ^ http://www.psupress.psu.edu/books/titles/978-0-271-03293-1.html

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