Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

180. Large Flying Saucer Illustration

October 21, 2009

Q: Probably an odd request, but I’ve tried to find a piece of art from a mid-’70s issue. It was a saucer-style spaceship, and as I remember it was a two-page (or at least a page and a half) drawing, primarily silver and gray but with random sections of vivid color. I’ve had this notion for fifteen years that it needs to cover one of my garage walls. I have no idea what the story was.

A: In the Comments, Brenda suggests that this actually appeared in Heavy Metal magazine (a National Lampoon sister publication). I think she is probably right, so I’m marking this question “answered”.


I've been looking for this, and maybe found the answer: It wasn't in the 'Poon, it was in Heavy Metal. Angus McKie's gorgeously-rendered comic strip "So Beautiful and so Dangerous" simply oozes flying saucers and space stations that match your description perfectly. I'm not sure when it ran, but the Heavy Metal special "One Step Beyond" collects the whole of it. Were you planning to put it on an interior wall of your garage, or on the outside for the benefit of passers-by?

—Brenda Plotnik

December 28, 2009 6:39 pm

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