77. Rockwell-esque Cover Illustrator

Q: There was a artist who used to do pictures for the National Lampoon that were Norman Rockwell-like. Can’t remember her name for the life of me.
If you know it, do you also happen to know if there is any book of her work?

A: Her name was Mara McAfee. She died in 1984 and had been an actress in Hollywood before becoming an illustrator. There was a book of her work published in 1981 called “The Art of Mara McAfee.” I’ve never seen it myself and I don’t know how hard it is to find. If you search Google for the title, you will find a number of online book stores which list it.

5 comments on “77. Rockwell-esque Cover Illustrator

  1. -

    i have a copy of mara McAfee’s book.got it many years ago at a store that ,sadly ,no longer exists.it depicts Brookke Shields on the cover with her”parents” looking on in disbelive

  2. -

    The woman on that cover really was Brooke’s mom. The guy posing as the father was former NatLamp art director (at that time consulting art director) Michael Gross.

  3. -

    Mara passed away in 1984. She was also an actress briefly during the 50s (look her name up in iMDB).

  4. -

    although it was many years ago, i ordered “the art of mara mcafee” from, i believe, amazon. even though it was out of print, they found it for me very quickly. it is a cherished posession, although, i must admit that, with no exception, i thought the artwork works better as the cover, with the nl logo , the theme of the issue, and the always worth reading contents above it. i say that only because, especially with the theme, it puts her wonderful artwork in perspective, and give it a “title” of sorts. anyway, good luck.

  5. -

    Footnote: I’d mistakenly filed away as Mara’s work the September 1975 cover, which depicts a college prof fanning the bare bottom of a female student who’s gotten an F in his class. Actually, that’s Bernie Lettick rocking the Rockwell impression.

Comments are closed.