December 9, 2009
"What, Me Funny?"
Easily Mused viewer BEMaven liked John Severin's tribute to Don "Squibbetyflip" Martin. He thought it was "much better than the lame jab once made at Don Martin by National Lampoon." While I agree that the DM take-off is probably the weakest part of NatLamp's infamous Mad Parody, I have to cringe a bit when the word "lame" is used in the same sentence with the early years of the funniest satire mag ever produced.
These days, National Lampoon is but a shadow of it's former self, lending it's once vaunted name to projects that should never see the light of day. In it's prime, however, geniuses like Henry Beard, John Hughes, Michael O'Donoghue, Doug Kenney, and P.J. O' Rourke (to name but a few) meticulously constructed the best parodies ever put in print.
The Mad parody you are about to view is a savage skewering of a magazine that is near and dear to many hearts, including mine, and it couldn't be any funnier. Using Mad's regular features against them, the NatLampers mercilessly portray the mag as long in the tooth and irrelevant. To some extent, Mad had become somewhat formulaic by the time this article appeared in the October 1971 issue of National Lampoon, but I also keep in mind that the same people who wrote and illustrated this piece undoubtedly drew a lot of their comic consciousness from The Usual Gang Of Idiots, so in a sense this reads like a roast, all in good fun.
Enjoy and share your thoughts!
Contributors: John Boni, Sean Kelly, and Henry Beard; Illustrations by Joe Orlando, Ralph Reese, John Romita, John Lewis, Ernie Colon, Al Weiss, Babi Jery, and Stuart Schwartzberg