Astute readers of Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site will notice that it is now searchable. This much needed enhancement was made possible by the good folks at Atomz.com and their wonderful search engine. So now all you people wondering about which LP had that Mr. Rogers bit can find it yourselves without my help. And you don’t even need to know how to spell (good thing!). 2010 or so Update: The search feature has been broken for a while. February 2017 Update: It’s back and much improved.
Have you ever wished you could have every back issue of National Lampoon?
I have learned that there is a project underway by some of the people at National Lampoon Dot Com (see below) to put all the back issues of National Lampoon magazine on CD-ROM in an indexed, searchable, easy-to-use format. MAD magazine has already done this with their Totally MAD CD-ROM collection released a year or two ago. Show your support for this product. It will save you the trouble of scouring comic book shops to get the old Lampoons you remember. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you’d buy it.
It’s so sad when the news page on a website hasn’t been updated in a year. Has it really been that long? I plan to post more timely updates from now on. (And that includes the Classifieds page.)
An acquaintance of his has informed me that B.K. Taylor, the artist and writer responsible for The Appletons and Timberland Tales comic strips that appeared regularly for years in the National Lampoon, has a deal with a major television company. No more details, other than the fact that he lives in Michigan, used to be an advertising storyboard artist and is a very, very funny guy.
A reader passed along this link to Da Vaughn Bodé Site. Bodé was known to National Lampoon fans for his Cheech Wizard comic strip which featured the eponymous ill-tempered hatted wizard and numerous lizards and nymphettes. Bodé was only 33 when he died of accidental strangulation in 1975.
Go to www.NationalLampoon.com and you will see what they call a “teaser.” It requires Macromedia’s Flash plug-in and lasts a couple of minutes. It’s too early to tell, but it looks like they’re working on something. Only time will tell. (Just to be clear, Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site is not affiliated with the owners of National Lampoon or their new website or vice versa.)
As you may have noticed, this is the first new News page since March. This is partly because I have been busy putting together the new Radio Hour pages. But, it’s also because I’m starting to lose interest in maintaining this site. (I am now doing web design full-time in my day job and doing the same in my free time doesn’t seem quite so diverting anymore.) Rather than pull the plug, the site is officially going into low maintainance mode until further notice. I will continue to post new ads on the Classifieds page, but please be patient if you write me with questions for the Answers page. These can be very time-consuming, so I will only answer the ones I know off the top of my head and only when it’s convenient. I will post News pages less frequently—maybe two or three per year. The bottom line is, the site will remain up indefinitely, though it may not change as often as it used to. —Mark
Late last Spring, I was contacted by Shary Flenniken, creator of the popular and long-running Funny Pages strip “Trots and Bonnie.” Ms. Flenniken contributed to the National Lampoon as a freelancer through most of its history (though she joined the staff for several years in the around 1980 as an editor). She is alive and well, and has been living in Seattle since the late ’80s in the house she grew up in. Lately, she has been a contributor to Mad magazine. A friend pointed her Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site and she finds it hard to believe anyone’s still interested in this stuff. (She says that it seems like the only fans of National Lampoon left are guys in prison!) Anyway, the big news for Trots and Bonnie fans is that Ms. Flenniken has graciously given me permission to run a couple of her strips. I chose two from the early years that I think are classic examples. Just follow the links on Shary’s page.
“Hi. I’m Jill St. John. And I am so thrilled to be a guest hostess of this, the very first National Lampoon Radio Hour, I can hardly talk.” Those words—read by Michael O’Donoghue, sounding exactly like Michael O’Donoghue and nothing like Jill St. John—began the 59-week run of one of the funniest and most provocative radio shows of all time. Through the efforts of dilligent Radio Hour afficianado Dave Meredith and myself, Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site is proud to bring you, at last, bit-by-bit listings of National Lampoon Radio Hour from show number 1, broadcast on November 17, 1973, to the last show, broadcast on December 28, 1974. A year in the making, this is the most significant addition to my site in quite a while, and is probably the only resource of its kind available to the public. For more info about the show, see my intro.
Still working on it… Stay tuned for this new feature of Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site.