Cartoonist Gahan Wilson, who was a frequent contributor to National Lampoon, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. The announcement appeared this morning on the fundraising site set up by his stepson Paul Winters to help pay for his memory care. Update: Gahan’s New York Times obituary.
I’ve been on the email list for the Gahan Wilson Fundraiser (see below or here), and today the guy running it, Gahan’s step-son Paul, posted a link to an interview with Gahan from back in 2011 for the Mr. Media podcast. It’s mostly about his relationship with Playboy magazine, but National Lampoon comes up a
Longtime National Lampoon contributing cartoonist Gahan Wilson is suffering from dementia. His step son, Paul Winters, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help fund his memory care. Click the link if you want to help. Wilson is known to NatLamp readers for his warped, often macabre sense of humor. He did many covers for the
comic from the National Lampoon‘s Funny Pages is coming out soon in a hard cover “graphic novel” edition from Fantagraphics Books. If you don’t remember it, it was all about being a kid, not Wilson’s usual ghoulish and sci-fi themes. It includes a substantial amount of never-published material as well. A “must” for fans of
“COVER: This month’s cover is by Robert Grossman, one terrific fellow and a hell of a good artist, who, for tax purposes, would sooner not have it known that because the January issue goes to press in November, he was paid during fiscal year 1974.” Contents (listing only) News on the March, Uncredited [Henry Beard]; Illustration by Alan
[No cover description this issue. Cover depicts the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus being thrown out by her father.] Illustration by Mara McAfee. Contents (listing only) Editorial, Uncredited; Illustration uncredited News on the March, Uncredited [Henry Beard]; Illustrations by Alan Rose and Fran Hollidge, Photographs uncredited Straight Talk, Uncredited; Photograph uncredited True Facts, Uncredited; Illustration by Alan Rose Letters, Uncredited; Illustration
“COVER: The official National Lampoon portrait of the thirty-eighth President of the United States, by Don Ivan Punchatz.” Contents (listing only) News on the March, Uncredited [Henry Beard]; Illustrations by Alan Rose and Fran Hollidge, Photographs uncredited True Facts, Uncredited; Illustration by Alan Rose Editorial, Uncredited; Limited Amnesty, By Sean Kelly Letters, Uncredited; Illustration by Alan Rose Baba Rum Raisin, Uncredited Canadian Corner, By Ted Mann, Sean
“COVER: The usual fuck-ups. Hendra, Kelly, and McConnachie thought the original model looked too old, so we* reshot with the very lovely young lady you see before you. Or would see if you were’t wasting your valuable time (and mine) reading this. Also, the Editors would like to thank the very lovely people who helped make
“COVER: This month’s cover is by Wayne McLoughlin. Oh, really? Is that so? But I don’t think it could be the same McLaughlin. No, I’m pretty sure Wayne wasn’t in the furniture business in Lansing in ’31. I’d say he was a bit too young for that. Look, uh, I’m really in kind of a hurry.
[No cover blurb this issue. The cover illustration allegorically depicts Uncle Sam and Mr. Tooth sailing a ship labeled “Columbia” between rocks labeled “Foreign Entanglements” and “Between Meal Snacks” with the caption, “Let’s Steer Clear of These.”] Cover illustration by Richard Hess. Contents (listing only) News on the March, Uncredited [Henry Beard]; Illustrations by Alan Rose and