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.
The Flashbacks section used to be a feature of the official National Lampoon website. It contained online versions of popular articles from the old print version of the magazine. It was dropped some time in the last few years. However, reader Mark Mann passes along this tip: “I was looking for old articles from NL
I’ve just added a new feature to the Answers page to make things easier for know-it-alls. Unanswered questions are now marked with bright red numbers. I also fixed answers that had errors or out-of-date information or links.
Erstwhile NatLamp illustrator Rick Meyerowitz is working on a book called “DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon So Insanely Great”. It will be out in about a year. There is a short interview with Rick about it on designer/writer Stephen Heller’s blog. Update: That link seems to have gone dead.