6/2/15

Magazines #43: National Lampoon (October 1980)


I recently posted a humorous John Hughes article from this issue, and thought I might as well scan more of the magazine.  Before there was The Onion and The Daily Show, we had National Lampoon - and it was far more subversive than either.  I didn't pull out any articles, but rather just some advertising and humorous pages to browse.  Enjoy.




Who do you think is angrier?


Back when your music was actually something you could hold in your hand and needed cleaning... not a bunch of 0s and 1s in the ether.


Humorous signs were a regular feature in Lampoon and I loved it.



In 1980, this was a pretty fine system - complete with a cassette deck!


A parody on the TV show That's Incredible!   I enjoyed the show, but always preferred Real People.


Humans have always had the instinctual desire to be able to take their music with them.  Before Walkmans and iPods, this is what we were reduced to.


If you remember and understand all the sponsors listed, you are truly worthy to be a Retrospace reader.


National Lampoon wasn't quite dirty enough to always get lumped in with the porno mags, making it accessible (like Heavy Metal) and within reach of the dirty paws of the middle-school set who would scan the pages for a glimpse of boob.



An interesting ad for the Chevy Chase album.  I've never heard this LP and would love to get my hands on it.


The adverting in National Lampoon was nothing but music, tobacco and booze.


Bols liqueur doesn't strike me as a good tailgate drink; perhaps this marketing plan was a mistake.


A movie I have never seen.  What was this, and why is it rated R?


A Playboy guide to electronics?  Dear God, if any of you have this, please send it to me!


The Foto-Funnies were never particularly funny to me, but always a dependable source of B&W boobs.  A popular section of the magazine for the middle school readership.


Marijuana and National Lampoon went together like peanut butter and jelly.


These Unclassified Ads are pretty good.  I recommend clicking and zooming in on these.


And finally, a series of Lampoon advertisements that spanned the decade....


These were no joke.  There was even an album version of the popular series.  They weren't exclusive to Lampoon, but you could always count on finding these awesome advertisements inside.

20 comments:

  1. I had a subscription to the National Lampoon all through the 1970s. I wish I had saved them.

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  2. "Divine Madness" was probably rated R because having to look or listen to her is one of the grossest things a human could endure.

    I have (had?) at least 1 of those Playboy Electronic Entertainment guides - not that issue. I'll see if I can dig it up. I hope it's still with me.

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    1. Found one! I'll try to find some time to scan it this weekend.

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    2. Awesome. I look forward to seeing it!

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    3. Katey Sagal is one of Midler's two back-up singers in that film.

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  3. Ahhh, The National Lampoon! I remeber it well.

    Remember the dog with a gun to its head on the cover?

    "Buy this magazine or we'll shoot this dog!"...what a classic!

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  4. I have a few of them, including the 1979 issue that had "Vacation '58"-the basis for the 1982 Vacation movie. Most of mine are from 1982-84 and 1990. The 1990 ones weren't as funny. I loved True Facts, too. A little known tidbit-the original name of the Great White North sketch from SCTV was called Canadian Corner. National Lampoon also had a column called Canadian Corner and might have sued the producers of SCTV, so it was changed to Great White North. They couldn't even use Kanadian Korner!

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    1. AnonymousJune 03, 2015

      Divine Madness is a concert film by Midler and is rated R for some mild raunch. Also, a google search does turn up Chevy Chase's album on archive.org.if you want to listen(It's kind of awful--he sings parodies of I Shot the Sheriff and Wild Thing,among other songs).

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    2. AnonymousJuly 01, 2015

      "Vacation '58"-the basis for the 1982 Vacation movie" written by............ John Hughes!

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  5. The advantage National Lampoon had over The Daily Show is that you don't have to put up with three minutes of the audience whooping and cheering every time Jon Stewart rolls his eyeballs or shrugs his shoulders.

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    1. Exactly! I can't stand that show because it's so loud and obnoxious, plus I hate political "humor" and the host guy is a jerk. His audience and fans seem like total idol-worshipping "I'm smarter than you" sheep.

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    2. Give us the self-effacing, unopinionated pundits of Fox; the calm, rational facts of conservative radio talkers, and the polite statements that fill their respective online forums.

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  6. Sad that National Lampoon exists today only as a brand for unfortunate movies and direct-to-videos. In its heyday the magazine managed to encompass political satire, low comedy, comic fiction, in-depth parodies (capped by the still amazing yearbook and Sunday newspaper), and fantastic cartoons by a wide range of artists. It was sophomoric in a good way. It was Playboy without the martini and comb-over.

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  7. Me thinks that many a modern day blogger (including moi) owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to NL for introducing us to the drier wits and turns of such humor. Perhaps all of us are trying to recreate the memories of this genre of our youth via the internet! And yes, I was one of those middle-school set whose dirty paws thumbed through the pages of NL for a glimpse of......electronics!!

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  8. Hey, don't knock those "boom boxes." Why, you could play up to two whole hours of recorded music if you had the right tape. AND it would only eat that tape once a month. Two whole hours !!!

    Had the Chevy Chase album but it broke moving back in college. Good, a little memorable.

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  9. AnonymousJune 11, 2015

    Beware the Dutch!

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  10. I still have the International Communism and Terrorism issue, which I think is from 1980.

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  11. AnonymousJune 12, 2015

    The entire NL archive is available on DVD. Buy it...totally worth it.

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  12. AnonymousJune 19, 2015

    Nuke the Whales? Gotta nuke something.

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  13. I bought the DVD and it's lovely. For those who can't find it, all of the contents are now available at https://archive.org/details/national_lampoon&tab=collection

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