Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

133. Torture Cartoon

December 24, 2008

Q: I recall a multi-page cartoon that featured two women being tortured with electrodes to their nipples. I have no idea when it appeared except for maybe the late ’70s. Any clues?

A: The only thing like that I can think of is the S&M spoof “Cowgirls at War” from The Encyclopedia of Humor (1973), but Carol nails it again: May 1975 (Medicine) issue. More info in the Comments link below.


That seems like the sort of thing that would have stuck in my memory too. But I'm drawing a blank as well. If by some remote chance your interest is in torture porn in and of itself, is it really necessary, in this day and age, to kick the poor old carcass of the National Lampoon Magazine to satisfy it?

—John Figler

December 25, 2008 2:19 am

The torture victims are "Blue Cross" nurses in WW2. A Japanese interrogator is seeking classified info about medical insurance: "What point typeface you use for hidden clauses? Can insurer default on legitimate claims??!!" "You can turn my tits to teriyaki before I'll blab!" The whole scene is from 'Blue Cross in Peace & War' by Tony Hendra, in the 'Poon for May 74 (Medicine Issue), reprinted in BO#6. There's no art credit, but it looks to me like Frank Thorne's work.


December 26, 2008 8:32 pm

Carol, you're the best! Thanks once again.


December 27, 2008 10:28 am

Sorry, I made a typo there. Should be May 75.


January 1, 2009 10:49 pm

Thanks, Carol. It's fixed now.


January 1, 2009 11:35 pm

Thanks all for filling in that annoying (albiet perverse) gap in my memory coils. As for "kicking Poon's carcass", they printed it, not me.

—E. Vader

January 16, 2009 10:22 pm

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