Written 22 December, 2010
I was a huge fan of National Lampoon magazine in its earlier years.
I loved the dark satire of the magazine. It was intelligent and engaging, and, usually, outrageous.
Remember the floating Beetle ads of the early 70s?
The Lampoon caused outrage with this parody:
The text reads, in all apparent sincerity:
The sheet of flat steel that goes underneath every Volkswagen keeps out water, as well as dirt and salt and other nasty things that can eat away at the underside of a car. So it's watertight at the bottom.
And everybody knows it's easier to shut the door on a Volkswagen after you've rolled down the window a little. That proves it's practically airtight on top.
If it was a boat, we could call it the Water Bug.
But it's not a boat, it's a car.
And, like Mary Jo Kopechne, it's only 99 and 44/100 percent pure.
So it won't stay afloat forever. Just long enough.
If he'd been smart enough to buy a Volkswagen, he never would have gotten into hot water.
And one by Edward Gorey:
(Click on the images to see them in all their glory.)
And then there were a number of covers by this guy:
"This guy" was Charles Rodrigues. He took up where Chas Addams and Gahan Wilson left off.
I've not been able to find much info on Rodrigues on the web, but this site notes:
Charles Rodrigues was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He drew the newspaper comic 'Casey the Cop' in the 1970s. He was also a magazine cartoonist for Stereo Review and the National Lampoon for many years and was syndicated with the Chicago Tribune. Another cartoon character created by Rodrigues is 'Charlie'.
Charles Rodrigues was a cartoonist for almost the entirety of National Lampoon’s history. His strips were weird, and often very gross. He would do the most awful things featuring dwarves, Siamese twins, amputees, corpses, abortions, people in a coma communicating through farts. The king of bad taste, but I’m afraid I really do like him. He also played around with the form quite boldly. Sometimes he would be half-way through a strip in an issue, get bored, kill everyone off and start a new strip, there and then.