Baby Boom Smartassery of Long Ago

Posted by on November 17th, 2010 at 9:12 AM

My thanks to Comic Book Artist for publishing its April 2003 issue. That’s where I found the material presented here and most of the info about dates and credit.

First, the sketch done by art director Michael Gross for the magazine’s most famous cover (January 1973).

Next, a parody editorial cartoon drawn by Frank Springer. No word on the writer.

© 1973 National Lampoon, Inc.

Next, a Wayne Boring and Michael O’Donoghue collaboration from the June 1971 issue. Boring had been fired as Superman’s second-string artist four years before.

© 1971 National Lampoon, Inc.

Finally, Barry Windsor-Smith’s self-pastiche from the May 1972 issue. The subject is Norman Mailer, of course, but no word on the piece’s writer.

© 1972 National Lampoon, Inc.

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8 Responses to “Baby Boom Smartassery of Long Ago”

  1. WLLilly says:

    …” We are marching to Clitoria “…I’ve been thinking of the ARCHIE parody that appeared in a late 1972 ( when it came out , not cover dat – ” Remember Those Fabulous Sixties ” theme ) a lot recently .
    Any about that in there ???????????

  2. WLLilly says:

    …You know , for an obsevation , that ” Norman the Barbarian ” cover reminds me that I see an awful lot of spoof comics covers that , in visually symbolizing a ” comic-book cover’s design ” , ape ( as NtB does ) the look of Marvel covers of about 1972 , the ( not precise ) square with the image and the hype line , outside of the picture , below it , and the band at the top of the cover .
    Really , in modern times when an imaginary ” comic book cover ” is done , by designers or magazines , that appears to be the grid/design followed , even though that was Marvel’s standard look for a pretty short time ( And after the ” Golden Age ” of Marvel had passed , too…Heh heh !!!!!!!!!!! ) and I don’t know that any other major , mainstream , non-parody comic book line/series has ever followed that template much .

  3. WLLilly says:

    …Oh , BTW , since , IIRC , I hepped ya to that ” Somewhere West Of Laramie…” Playboy car ad from the Roaring 20s a ways ago…I wonder if the young Hugh Hefner read ( and dreamt ) over that ad ?????????…With a train roaring , heading away in the distance ???

  4. Tom Crippen says:

    Hi WL

    1) Nothing in the CBA issue about NatLamp’s “Fabulous ’60s” issue, at least not that I recall. But I did read the ’60s issue in the fateful month of November 1980, 8 years after it came out. It contained some beautiful stuff and the Archie parody (“Junkhead,” written by Dean Latimer) was the standout.

    2) I haven’t noticed that myself. To tell the truth, I don’t remember seeing mainstreamers parodying/pastiching comic book covers, just superheroes, and the pseudo-superheroes almost always have a cape and fly, like Superman. So it has been for as long as I can recall. The outsiders just won’t catch up.

    3) Hey, how did Hugh Hefner get into this? I think you just want to recall your moment of triumph regarding Laramie. Not that I blame you, and I will always be in your debt.

  5. Tom Crippen says:

    By “having a cape and fly,” I mean they have a cape and are flying. I suppose the Question is one of the few superheroes to have a fly.

  6. WLLilly says:

    …Well , maybe the ? on whether it’s ” a comic-book cover parody ” or ” a super-hero comic-book cover parody ” – which the description of that Conan parody cover could be split apart on the rails of – is a bit of an only-amongst-” serious fans ” issue –
    I do seem to recall parody/” joke ” comic-book covers following that late-1971/early-1972 Marvel standard design with the main image quite distictly boxed off into a relatively small portion of the cover , and the blurb in the color space below the cover picture proper , and the banner a little bit below the actual top of the cover,,,
    Maybe the examples i remember are not that recnt anymore…
    They may include these parody comic-book covers for seperately-issued parody comic-books that came bagged along with issues of SPY magazine in its last months , I remember several of these . ( Including a Fantastic Four parody built around the Democratic Party’s 1992 Presidential candidate contenders or was that an additional parody cover , shown inside the comic as part of a ” house ad ” ? )
    I am the one who has pointed out here how common/turning up again and again magazine covers and the like parodying the old-style ” love comic ” cover approach by way of WarLicstien’s versions of them are – decades after the original inspirations went the way of burlesque , vaudeville , and radio drammy !!!

  7. WLLilly says:

    …Spy magazine was sorta NatLamp for the 80s/High Cocaine-Suspenders Era , wasnt it , with plenty of Simmons graduates ?

  8. Tom Crippen says:

    I remember Tony Hendra took it over for a while, but during the 90s. He didn’t last long and didn’t do a good job. Other Simmons grads … I don’t remember them being there, but I wasn’t really keeping track.

    All right, now I will freee associate on the subject. My view: Spy was a great magazine for a while, as was NatLamp for a while, and they were alike in being very smart and snotty, but Spy went for the media-insider/bitch-elegance vibe, whereas NatLamp was supposed to be iconoclastic black satire. Spy would attack magazine prose and celebrity behavior, NatLamp would attack ideas and policies. Hendra called NatLamp “a freeport of the intellect” (or similar), rather pretentious of him but it shows what NatLamp was aiming for (that is, what the magazine aimed for along with providing tit shots and oither dorm pleasers). No one would ever call Spy an anything of the intellect.