National Lampoon Parodies, A to Z

Various National Lampoon parodies

Spoofs from the Sunday Newspaper Parody (“Pomade,” 1978) and National Lampoon (1971-78).

Here’s the alphabetical version of the chronology of National Lampoon magazine and newspaper parodies posted earlier (which see for the intro to this topic). Each entry begins with the name of the publication being parodied, in italics; followed by the fake title or article name, in parentheses; the NatLamp issue date; and the page count, in brackets. Parodies that appeared in special editions or (in one case) Print magazine are so noted, as are parodies of back issues: e.g., “Popular Workbench” for Aug. 1938.

I’ve moved Genre Parodies to Appendix A, where they’re listed by type of publication, and put two articles that spoof multiple titles in Appendix B, for lack of a better option. As before, I’m ignoring the “inventions” — fake magazines with no obvious real-world prototypes, like “Mondo Bizarro” in the very first issue (April 1970). — VCR

Two parodies and their inspirations

“American Bride” (with author Emily Praeger on cover) and “hy-Art” flank their inspirations.

Parodies in National Lampoon Magazine, A to Z:

A
ArtyNews coverAfter Dark (article: “Glitter Bums”), July 1975 [3]
Amazing Stories (“Amusing Stories” for Oct. 1926), Sept. 1977 [3]
ARTnews (“ARTynews”), Feb. 1976 [13]
The Atlantic (“The Hotlantic”), April 1983 [9]
Avant Garde (“Avant Gauche” ad: “Rockwall’s Erotic Engravings”), April 1970 [3]
Awake! (“Wise Up!”), Dec. 1974 [3 half-pages]

B
Better Homes and Gardens (“Better Homes and Closets”), May 1977 [11]
Boys’ Life (“Boys’ Real Life”), Oct. 1974 [10]

C
Cahiers du Cinema (“Cahiers du TV”), May 1976 [4]
The Canadian Magazine (“The Canadian Weakly,” June 8, 1969), June 1976 [6]
Cinefantastic (“Cinefantasterrifique”), Jan. 1982 [5]
Consumer Reports (“Consumed Reports”),  nationallampoon.com, June 2004; in NL Magazine Rack, 2006 [4]
Cosmopolitan (“Cosmopolatin”), Jan. 1971 [15]

D
The Dial (“hy-Art: The Magazine of the Precious Broadcasting System”), Jan. 1983 [7]

E
Equalriders coverEasyriders (“Equalriders”), March 1984 [11]
—– (“Easywriters”), Sept. 1985 [8]
Ebony (“Ivory”), April 1973 [7]
Esquire (article: “The Incredible Shrinking Magazine”), Nov. 1971 [3]
—– (“Exsquire”), Sept. 1975 [12]
—– (“Esquare”), Dec. 1981 [13]

F
Family Circle (“Famine Circle”), July 1974 [8]
Fortune (“Lucre”), Dec. 1975 [12]
—– (“Misfortune”), Feb. 1986 [13]
Forum (“Whorum”), Jan. 1985 [8]

G
Gourmet (“Goormay”), March 1982 [9]
GQ (“RQ: Regular Guy Quarterly”), Sept. 1978 [4]
Guns & Ammo (“Liquor & Ammo”), Aug. 1994 [10]

H
Harper’s Bazaar (“Bizarre”), June 1970 [5]
Harvard Lampoon (article: “The Ten Worst Movies of All Time”), July 1975 [1]
High Times (“Wasted Times”), Aug. 1977 [7]
The Hollywood Reporter (“The Hollywood Informer”), Oct. 1981 [5]
—– (“The Hollywood Retorter”), limited distribution, Dec. 2002; in NL Magazine Rack, 2006 [16]
Hot Rod (“Warm Rod”), April 1975 [7]
Hustler (“Gobbler”), Aug. 1976 [5]

I
Inc. (“stInc.”), 1998 [13]
Interview (“Interluude”), Dec. 1981 [11]

J
Jack and Jill (“Jack and Jill St. John”), Feb. 1982 [5]
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association (“COMA: Circular of the Organization of Medical Associations”), May 1975 [8]
Jet (“Tar”), Feb. 1977 [6, digest-size]

K
Kiplinger Washington Letter (“The Hamilton Philadelphia Letter,” Sept. 18, 1787) in NL’s 199th Birthday Book, 1975 [2]
—– (“The Kremlinger Moscow Letter”), Jan. 1977 [2]

L
Ladies’ Home Journal (“Old Ladies’ Home Journal”), Sept. 1974 [8]
Life [old humor mag] (“National Lampoon,” May 1906), May 1971 [7]
Life [pictue mag] (article: “Our Threatened Nazis”), June 1970 [2]
—– (“Life,” Sept. 28, 1943), Sept. 1973 [13]
—– (“Lite”), April 1979 [8]
Look (“Kennedy”), Feb. 1977 [11]

M
Mad (“Mad”), Oct. 1971 [15]
—– (article: “You Know You’re Grown Up When…”), Sept. 1977 [2]
Martha Stewart Entertaining (“Martha Stewart’s Entertaining the K-Mart Way”), Dec. 1989 [3]
Men’s Health (“Man’s Health”), online, June 2002; in NL Magazine Rack, 2006 [4]
Modern Bride (“American Bride”), Feb. 1975 [10]
Money Matters (“Young Money Matters”), June 1977 [4]
Moneysworth (two subscription ads for “Nickleknows”), Dec. 1975 [1+1]
Muscle & Fitness (“Muscle & Fatness”), March 1994 [9]
My Weekly Reader (“My Weekly Reader: The Children’s Tabloid”), Sept. 1971 [4]

N
National Enquirer (“National Inspirer”), March 1973 [8]
—– (“The Washington Enquirer”), Aug. 1980 [4]
—– (“National Sexloid”), Sept. 1982 [5]
—–(“Roman Eqvirer”), 1996 [4]
National Geographic (“National Geographic”), Sept. 1972 [3]
—– (“National Southpacific”), May 1983 [13]
National Lampoon (“National Lampoof”), Feb. 1974 [11]
—– (article: “National Lampoon’s 1974 New Year’s Resolutions”), Jan. 1975 [5]
—– (article: “False Facts”), Sept. 1982 [1]
—– (“National Tampoon”), March 1986 [6]
National Midnight (“Almost Midnight”), Sept. 1974 [4]
National Review (“National Socialist Review”), Feb. 1978 [8]
National Star (“National Sore”), May 1975 [4]
New Times (“Nu? Times” cover only), Jan. 1976 [1]
New York Review of Us coverNew York (“Lifestyles”), Nov. 1977 [42 + front cover]
—– (“Jo’burg”), Sept. 1983 [9]
New York Review of Books (“The New York Review of Us”), Jan. 1976 [8]
New York Times (“The New York World”), May 1971 [2 broadsheet]
—— (“The New York Times”), Oct. 1972 [front page on 2]
—— (“The New York Time”), Oct. 1977 [front page on 2]
New York Times Book Review (article: “Would You Like Something to Read?”), Aug. 1981 [2+]
New York Times Magazine (article: “Talking Out Loud: College Slang of the Eighties,” by “William Zircon”), Sept. 1981 [1+]
—– (article: “Talking Out Loud: The Customers Always Write,” by “William Zircon”), Aug. 1982 [1+]
—– (“The New York Times Magazine”), June 1984 [19]
The New Yorker (“The New Y*rker”), March 1975 [13]
—– (article: “Coming Into the River,” by “John McPhoo”), June 1980 [6]
—– (“Ron Hague’s Year of Rejected New Yorker Covers”), Dec. 1983 [4]
—– (“The Hymie Towner” cover only), June 1984 [1]
Newsweek (cover + article: “Townville, Iowa”), Nov. 1976 [2]

O
Outside (“OutSSide” subscription ad), Feb. 1978 [3]

P-Q
Parade (“Pomade”) in NL’s Sunday Newspaper Parody, 1978 [16]
Penthouse (“Peut-etre” article: “Taffy”), Oct. 1973 [4]
—– (“Pethouse”), Jan. 1974 [9]
—– (article: “The Resister’s Revenge”), Sept. 1975 [6]
—– (“Repenthouse”), July 1977 [5]
People (“Objects”), Dec. 1976 [5, no cover]
—– (article: “Douglas Waterman Caps a Big Year”), May 1981 [4]
—– (“PLO” article: “Nor More Mr. Bad Guy For Yassir Arafat”), July 1984 [4]
Playboy (foldout: “Liberated Front” + “Party Jokes”), April 1970 [6]
—– (article: “Gamma Hutch: The Playboy Fallout Shelter,” Dec. 1959), April 1972 [4]
—– (“Playdead”), Jan. 1973 [14]
—– (ad: “What Sort of Man Reads Pl*yb*y?”), Oct. 1974 [1]
—– (article: “Parents of the Girls of the Eastwest Conference”), Feb. 1982 [2]
—– (article: “The Playboy Advisor”), Feb. 1982 [1]
—– (article: “Dear Playmates”), June 1983 [1]
—– (“Slayboy”), Dec. 1985 [8]
—– (article: “Feminist Party Jokes”), March 1986 [1]
—– (article: “Interview: Steven Spielberg”), Aug. 1986 [3+]
—– (“Playbyte”), Feb. 1988 [10]
—– (article: “Girls of the Community Colleges”), Oct. 1989 [4]
Print cover, July-August 1974Popular Mechanics (“Popular Workbench,” Aug. 1938), July 1973 [14]
—– (“Tomorrow’s Future Homebody,” June 1946) in NL’s 199th Birthday Book, 1975 [3]
Popular Science (“Popular Evolution”), Jan. 1974 [11]
Print (“National Lampoon Graphics Parody Section”), in Print, July-Aug. 1974 [8 + cover]
Psychology Today (“Psychology Ptoday”), Aug. 1973 [15]

R
Reader’s Digest (article: “Martial Mirth”), Sept. 1973 [1]
—– (“Digester’s Reader” front & back covers only), June 1974 [1]
—– (article: “Rumpus Room Rib-Ticklers”), May 1978 [2]
—– (“Reader Digest”), Jan.-Feb. 1995 [10]
Road & Track (“Food & Track”), March 1982 [5]
Rolling Stone (“Rolling Stein” for Dec. 9, 1791), Feb. 1971 [3]
—– (“Rolling Tombstone”), Nov. 1982 [9]
—– (“Rollin’ Home”), Oct. 1985 [6]
—– (“Rolling Stone”), Feb. 1989 [7]
—– (“Perception/Reality” ad), Feb. 1990 [2]
—– (article: “Have War, Will Travel,” by “P.J. O’Drunke”), Aug. 1991 [2]

S
Scientific American (“Scienterrific American”), Jan. 1977 [10]
Screw (“Third Base” for April 1956), April 1972
—– (“Piddle: The Adult Publication for Children”), Feb. 1973 [8]
—– (“Seed”), Aug. 1974 [8]
Self (“Self-Destruct”), April 1982 [5]
Seventeen (“Savvyteen”), Aug. 1978 [8]
—– (“Deadteen”), July 1985 [7]
The Sporting News (“The Sportbiz News”), April 1976 [6]
—– (“The Sporting Muse”), Oct. 1988 [10]
Sports Illustrated (“Sports Illustrated”), Nov. 1973 [13]
—– (“Sports Hallucinated”), May 1986 [7]

T
Tiger Beat (“Poon Beat”), Dec. 1973 [10]
Time (article: “Partly Sane, Raspberries, and Time”), March 1975 [3]
—– (“Xmas Time”), Dec. 1977 [5]
—– (Special Section: “Let’s Get It Up, America”), Aug. 1981 [27]
—– (article: Henry Kissenger’s “Years of Arousal”), Sept. 1982 [6]
—– (“Time”), Jan. 1984 [35]
The Times of India (“The Times of Indira”), May 1976 [3]
Travel & Leisure (“Postage & Handling”), Feb. 1982 [7]
TV Guide (“The New York Review of TV”), March 1971 [5 pages on 3]
—– (“TV”), Apr. 1977 [16, digest-size]
—– (“Al-Jazeera TV Guide”), nationallampoon.com, Nov. 2004; in NL Magazine Rack, 2006 [4]

U
U.S. News & World Report (“Stupid News & World Report”), March 1974 [7]

V
Vanity Fair (“Vanity Fair”), June 1990 [10]
Variety (“Varietsky” front page), Sept. 1970 [1]
—– (“Movies”), Oct. 1978 [4]
The Village Voice (“The Global Village Voice”), Feb. 1977 [8]

W-X-Y-Z
Working Girl coverWall Street Journal (“The Gall Street Journal”), May 1970 [2 broadsheet]
Weight Watchers (“Weighty Waddlers”), June 1974 [7]
Wet (“Moist”), Dec. 1981 [9]
The Whole Earth Catalog (“The Last, Really, No Shit, Really, the Last Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog”), Jan. 1972 [7]
Working Woman (“Working Girl”), Nov. 1983 [11]

Appendix A: Genre Parodies, by Type:

Alumni: (“Skidmark: The Alumni Magazine of Skidmark College”), Sept. 1983 [11]
Art studies: (“Modes d’Art Magazine” for June 1926), Feb. 1976 [6]
Boys’ magazines: (“Cap’n Jasper’s Boy O Boy,” May 1935), June 1975 [8]
College humor: (“The Spitoon,” for 1877), 199th Birthday Book, 1975 [2]
Confession: (“True Finance”), May 1970 [4]
—–: (“True Politics”), Aug. 1972 [10]
Crime: (“Citizen’s Arrest”), Aug. 1975 [7]
Fan & gossip mags: (“Screen Slime”), Sept. 1970 [10]
—–: (“Myth & Legend Mirror” for Oct. IV B.C.), Oct. 1975 [5]
—–: (“Silver Jock: The Demi-Decadent Sports Magazine), April 1976 [7]
—–: (“Mersey Moptop Faverave Fabgearbeat” for Oct. 1964), Oct. 1977 [8]
—–: (“Mitch Springer: A Loving Tribute”), April 1982 [5]
—–: (“Big Screen”), June 1991 [36]
Fashion: (“Guerre: The New Magazine for the New Army”), Sept. 1973 [7]
Fitness: (“Muscle Mind”), Sept. 1984 [7]
—–: (“Peppy: The High-Potency Magazine of Fitness and Health”), Jan. 1987 [12]
Golf: (“Duffer’s Digest”), 1996 [9]
Guns: (“Gun Lust”), June 1973 [11]
—–: (“Guns & Sandwiches”), July 1974 [6]
High school: (“Leaf & Squib” for Spring 1964), 1964 High School Yearbook Parody, 1974 [14]
Homemaker: (“Negligent Mother”), Jan. 1975) [6]
Inflight: (“Stampede: Prairie Central/Panhandle Airlines Magazine”), April 1974 [8]
Men’s: (“Real Balls Adventure”), April 1971 [11)
—–: (“Knuckle: A Real Man’s Magazine”), June 1973 [5]
—–: (“Real-Life Adventure”), June 1980 [4]
Newspaper: (“The Dacron-Republican-Democrat”) Sunday Newspaper Parody, 1978 [104]
Newspaper, college: (“The Daily Klaxon”), Sept. 1975 [4]
Newspaper, high school: (“The Prism,” May 11, 1964), 1964 High School Yearbook Parody, 1974 [8]
Newspaper, tabloid: (“Stranger Than Fact”), Nov. 1986 [7]
Newspaper, underground: (“The Daily Roach Holder”), August 1970 [6]
Newspaper magazine section: (“Sunday Week”), Sunday Newspaper Parody, 1978 [16]
Pulp mags: (“Unexciting Stories,” undated but 1930s), Sept. 1974 [4+]
Trade paper: (“Hollywood Briefs”), July 1975 [4]
TV listings: (“American Home Movie Box Program Guide”), Oct. 1981 [4]
—– (“Unofficial 1984 Olympic TV Watcher’s Guide”), Aug. 1984 [16 digest-size]
UFOs: (“Real Business Jet”), March 1980 [5]
Visitor guides: (“Why Leave This Room?”) Aug. 1982 [5]

Appendix B: Parodies of Multiple Titles:

* “The Hot New Lineup for 1986 from Condom-Nasty Publications” (covers of STD-focused versions of Harper’s Bazaar, Reader’s Digest, New Age Journal), Sept. 1985 [2].
* “The Real Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (told in fake clips from the New York Post, People, Jet, etc.), Oct. 1985 [7].

About Cullum Rogers

I'm a semi-retired freelance cartoonist in Durham, N.C., who's been collecting newspaper and magazine parodies for over 50 years.
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