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.