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March 1972, Vol. 1, No. 24 / Escape!

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“COVER: The colorful personage featured on our cover is not stuffed or made of wax, but very much alive. His name is Loro, which is Spanich for parrot and, in Chile, means a bedpan. Photographer Leonard Soned, who is responsible for this portrait, imported Loro from mexico four yeaars ago, and his since taught it to roll over on its back to have its stomach scratched, and to survive daily lofe in a busy new York photo studio. On its own, it has learned to say ‘I’ll get it!’ when the phone rings and the opening bars of two Beatles songs.

 “Also shown in this photograph is Swiss-born ex-acrobat Billy Frick, who appeared in Paramount’s Is Paris Burning? and a recent David Wolper TV special for CBS. We lured Mr. Frick to southern climes in order to fill six pages of this issue.”

Frick posed as Hitler on the cover and in “Stranger In Paradise” in this issue. Loro is the parrot standing on his shoulder. —Mark

Contents (listing only)

Editorial, By Michel Choquette; Illustration uncredited [clip art]

Letters, Uncredited; Illustration by Marvin Mattleson

The Unforgiving Minute, By Paul Krassner; Illustration by Marvin Mattleson

Mrs. Agnew’s Diary, By Doug Kenney; Illustration by Marvin Mattleson

News on the March, Uncredited [Henry Beard]; Photographs uncredited

Pamplemousse, By Brian McConnachie; Photograph by Michel Choquette

Beachcomber Jerry’s Down-Home Shangri-La Restaurant, By Henry Beard; Illustrations uncredited

Lampoon Public Service Page, Uncredited; Illustration uncredited

The Miracle of California, By Tony Hendra, Doug Kenney, Michael Elias, and Robert Garland; Illustrations by Charles White III, Joe Orlando, Randal Enos, and Harry Fischman and Jeffrey Prescott; Photographs uncredited

Swan Song of the Open Road, By Sean Kelly; Illustrations by Arnold Roth

My Blue Heaven, By Anne Beatts; Illustration by Michael Gross

Mementos of an Escapologist, Uncredited; Photographs uncredited

Last Impressions Are the Most Important, By Commander Barkfeather and Doris O. Perception [most likely pseudonyms—MS]

Stranger In Paradise, Written and photographed by Michel Choquette

The Runaway, Cartoon by R.O. Blechman

Foto Funnies, Uncredited [features John Lennon and Yoko Ono]

The Adventures of A Connecticut Yankee, By Michel Choquette and Sean Kelly; Illustrated by M.W. Kaluta

Drop Them a Line to Say That You’re Fine, Uncredited; Illustrations uncredited [from old postcards]

Four Ways to Avoid Unpleasantness, By George W. S. Trow

Funny Pages, Featuring “Nuts” by Gahan Wilson; “Idyl” by Jeff Jones; “Cheech Wizard” by Vaughn Bode; “Doctor Colon’s Monster” by Rodrigues; “Famous Comic Artists School” by Bruce Cochran; “Vinny Shinblind, the Invisible Sex Maniac” by Susan Harris and Peter Bramley; “Mule’s Diner” by Stan Mack; “Shab” by B. Kliban; and “Chicken Gutz” by Randall Enos

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