Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

332. Howard Chaykin “3-D” Illustration

August 30, 2011

Q: I’m trying to find out where this Howard Chaykin illustration was used. I’ve looked through back issues, but can’t find it anywhere.

A: I looks very familiar, but I don’t know where I’ve seen it before. A similar illustration, possibly by Chaykin, appears in a “house” ad in the June 1975, promoting the July 1975 (3-D) issue. The concept is the same, but it’s a one-eyed guy (and he’s not wearing a skimpy outfit). I wonder if perhaps this art was used in ads placed in other magazines (e.g., Rolling Stone) to promote the 3-D issue? That may be where I remember it from. I checked several issues back in NL, thinking it might be in another house ad, and didn’t see it.

If anyone else can solve this mystery, please post it in a comment.


The January '83 (Best Stories of '83) issue had a brochure for a postnuclear-holocaust honeymoon inn by Kevin Curran, art by Howard Chaykin. All the guests and staff are mutants. The one-eyed lady doesn't appear, but I wonder if she's a rejected illustration for that piece? On the other hand, those shoes look awfully '70s.

—Cartoon Carol

September 3, 2011 3:36 am

Interesting theory, Carol, but the art is so much like the piece in the 3-D issue that I think my theory is probably more likely.


September 25, 2011 4:02 pm

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