Four and a half decades have passed, fads and teen idols have come and gone and died young and left pretty corpses — but through it all, Tiger Beat has endured. Sadly, the teeny bopper magazine has also survived its founder, Charles Laufer, who died earlier this month at 87. Laufer described the pin-up mag as “guys in their 20s singing La La songs to 13-year-old girls,” which sounds about right to us. We celebrate his legacy by collecting some of our favorite Tiger Beat covers, from its debut issue in 1965 to the current, Bieber-centric edition. Get ready to laugh: there are some weird ones in there.
September 1965: Tiger Beat’s debut issue
October 1965: Byrds vs. Stones? Not Beatles vs. Stones?
November 1965: Dylan!
November 1967: Hey, hey we’re the Monkees… and Spock!
April 1969: Was “Bobby’s Near Disaster” that he had King Davy growing out of his head?