If you click on the small cover images in the Issues section, a much larger image will now appear. Click again to make it go away. (Not available yet in the Recordings or Books & Anthologies section. Soon.)
The 1973 Lemmings stage show at the Village Gate in New York City was promoted with a poster that was never seen in the magazine or used for the soundtrack LP. (Slight correction: A version of it did appear in the National Lampoon Songbook. Thanks, Jeff!) It featured a beautiful illustration by James Grashow. I
Good news for those who happen to still have a copy of The Official National Lampoon Bicentennial Calendar: Starting March 1, 2010, you can hang it up again and pretend it’s 1976. From that date until the end of the year, the dates will all fall on the same days of the week as they
Check out Hairbreadth Harry, an old newspaper comic strip from 1920 by German-American cartoonis Charles W. Kahles. I think it bears an uncanny resemblance to Ron Barrett’s Politenessman strip, which ran for years in National Lampoon. (Seen on Uncle Eddie’s Theory Corner.)
Illustrator Don Ivan Punchatz has died at age 73. He was a frequent contributor to National Lampoon in the seventies, including the “official National Lampoon portait” of Gerald Ford on the November 1974 cover. You can read the obituary in the New York Times here.
Amazon has dropped the price of the National Lampoon Complete DVD-ROM, which contains PDF scans of all the regular issues of the magazine (1970-1998). The reader who alerted me to this wondered if it was because a new and better edition is forthcoming. Unfortunately, I think it’s more likely that it’s because it’s not selling
John Hughes on writing “Vacation ’58” and the screenplay of National Lampoon’s Vacation, from Zoetrope: All-Story magazine. Also, you can read Vacation ’58 online if you don’t have a copy of the September 1979 (Fall Potpourri) issue of National Lampoon handy. (Via Daring Fireball.)
John Hughes died today at 59. Hughes made a big name for himself in Hollywood in the ’80s, writing and sometimes directing comedies such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Home Alone, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but many readers of this site will remember his work as a writer and editor for National Lampoon from 1977
M.K. Brown has a page on YouTube where she has posted semi-animated versions of her cartoons with music and voices added. They’re great, but it would be even cooler if they were fully animated. M.K. Brown on YouTube.
This Can’t Be Good. The CEO of National Lampoon, Dan Laiken, was charged yesterday with conspiracy and securities fraud in what prosecutors said was an attempt to raise the value of the company’s stock artificially. Read the whole story at the New York Times site.