233. “Would You Like My Cherry” Poster
May 26, 2010
Q: I recall an ad for a poster that was available from NL, or at least I think it was NL, and it had a beautiful young woman, wearing a skimpy cheerleaders outfit, and holding a cherry, and I believe the caption was…”Would you like my cherry”…or something to that effect. Do you know what issues those posters were available in? Or where I might find one of those posters?
A: It sounds a lot like the October 1974 (Pubescence) issue cover, but there wasn’t any caption on that and they never sold it as a poster, as far as I know. Correction: There was a poster of the cover issued in 1978. See the comments for more info. (Tip o’ the hat to The Lampoon Oracle.)
The Pubescence cover pic was sold as a poster in 1978. The May '78 (Families) issue has a fullpage ad: "Five National Lampoon Decorating Hints" and the cherry chick is one of them. The poster doesn't have any captions or lettering, and shows more leg than the cover version. (The poster next to it shows the cheerleaders from the cover of the High School Yearbook Parody, with the side-splitting caption "Rah, Rah... Raw!") BTW, did the question of the model's gender (Editorial, Dec '74 (Joy of Sects) issue) ever get settled?
—The Lampoon Oracle
May 30, 2010 9:09 pm
Ah, good work. I flipped through about a year or so of issues looking for the poster version when this question came up, but I should have kept going a few more years. Regarding the model's gender, the editorial you refer to seems to imply that the model really is female. Whether the gender ambiguity was intentional or not, I think they enjoyed the fact that some readers were confused by it.
June 16, 2010 12:22 pm
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