National Lampoon's 1975 cover

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National Lampoon's 1975 cover

Postby daneldorado » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:52 pm

Many thanks, Web-Ed, for reprinting the famous September 1975 cover of the National Lampoon magazine.

Like you and many others, this cover hit me like a bolt of lightning when I first saw it on the magazine rack where I shopped. Of course I picked up a copy and took it to the cash register to buy it... and there were two (2) ladies manning the register, both of them in their 50s or close to it.

The first one looked at the magazine cover and sneered, as she took my money. "I just don't like that picture," she said. The other lady, same age, smiled and even laughed a little and said, "Oh, I think it's cute."

The world still hasn't changed. A lot of people -- women, yes, but a lot of men too -- think a picture of a co-ed being spanked, panties down, over her professor's knee, is offensive; but a lot of them think "it's cute."

HOW do we bring more folks into the latter camp?

By the way: I still have my original magazine, protected in a plastic envelope, and plan to have it -- and enjoy looking at it -- till the day I die.

Cheers,
Dan
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Re: National Lampoon's 1975 cover

Postby web-ed » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:33 pm

Thanks for sharing your personal memories of buying that great Sept. 1975 issue, Dan, and I'm pleased to hear you still have your copy (writhe, feminists, writhe! :lol: ) It's definitely a classic and really almost iconic among us spankos! Others, as you say, are offended by it. I wish I knew how to bring more people around to that 2nd lady's way of thinking ("It's kind of cute!") - maybe a computer virus that "just happens" to bring them to sites like Chicago Spanking Review when they're trying to look at some leftist and/or feminist-themed crap? (Notice to all lawyers everywhere: the preceding suggestion was made in jest, and was neither written nor endorsed by me or anyone else at CSR).
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Re: National Lampoon's 1975 cover

Postby daneldorado » Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:39 pm

Hiya, Web-ed:


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Recently you printed some scans of the famous/infamous National Lampoon magazine cover from September 1975. I may be wrong, but after looking them over, I kind of think THIS scan, taken from my own copy (carefully preserved in plastic, all these years), might be the best of them all. I won't be angry if you disagree.

But... man!! Is this an iconic magazine cover, or WHAT???

The brushwork, by Bernie Lettick, is superb. But what really blows me away is that this picture is so realistic, I suspect it may be drawn from life... meaning, of course, that Lettick would have had two models in front of him, posing while he painted. Consider the shadows and the exquisite detailing in the professor's tweed jacket and vest, and the perfectly arranged folds of the girl's plaid skirt. This is the work of a master.

Cheers,
Dan
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Re: National Lampoon's 1975 cover

Postby web-ed » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:32 am

I think your scan is the best I've seen of the actual magazine cover, Dan, and perhaps I'll substitute it for the one I used on my NL page back in 2004-05. [Note: after writing this, I did indeed substitute Dan's scan for the one I had been using on the page.] I set up a side-by-side comparison of it and the scan of the original art, which is a little unfair of course, and I would have to say the original art scan is more evenly-toned although not more detailed than the cover scan. Because of modern technology, the limiting factor here would seem to be the process that reproduced the art on the magazine cover back in 1975 and not anything you did.

Lettick was indeed a very good artist (he may have spelled his first name "Birney" by the way - I found a painting attributed to an artist of that name with a signature that seems to match the one on the NL Cover). It's possible that he did use live models, for the Lampoon's 100th anniversary issue, referring to the spanking cover, remarked that "conscientious P.J. [O'Rourke, NL's editor at the time] supervised every second of modeling." I wouldn't have minded taking on the Professor's role for the shoot, but I think I would have found it impossible to hold a slide rule over the female model's bare bottom for several hours without bringing it down smartly at least once :lol: !
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