National Lampoon Sept. 1975 Issue spanking cover

Cover scan by Dan Rivera. © NL Communications, Inc.

There were a lot of things we didn't like about National Lampoon in the early 70's (this was before the movie National Lampoon's Animal House had been released) - its frequent lapses in taste and obvious left-wing bent, for example - but it made up for some of them with this September '75 "Back to College" issue. The wonderful painted cover is very funny (always a plus in a humor magazine), where we see a coed evidently complying with the "F - See Me" instruction her professor had written on her assignment, only to find herself over his knee getting spanked (panties down!) with a slide rule. For the benefit of those who are too young to remember 1975, the slide rule was a computational aid used before digital calculators became affordable two or three years later.

We were certainly excited to see this cover, and although we considered it pretty risque at the time, in fact the Lampoon's excessive smuttiness was in the process of being reigned in by its then-youthful and unknown editor, P.J. O'Rourke. O'Rourke went on to become a very well-known, politically conservative humorist, authoring numerous books and articles. We remember the 100th anniversary issue a few years later, containing a cover gallery which reproduced the spanking cover and added the comment that "conscientious P.J. supervised every second of modeling." Who can blame him?

National Lampoon Sept. 1975 Issue

© NL Communications, Inc.

10/08/2010 Update: Here is another scan of this cover.
National Lampoon Sept. 1975 original cover art 09/30/2011 Update: Here is a lovely scan of what appears to be the original art by Bernie (or Birney) Lettick. We can't remember where we found it. There is also some discussion of this issue, including Dan Rivera's recollection of buying it way back when on the Forum under the topic "National Lampoon's 1975 Cover".
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