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National Lampoon’s Infamous Demolition Of Mad Magazine From 1971

No greater group of smartass snobs existed than the original crew at National Lampoon magazine in the early 1970s. While they were unquestionably talented and innovative, they also went out of their way to deliver vicious, bad taste articles as well. They obviously owed a great debt to Mad Magazine. In return for this, they did a savage, merciless and unfortunately dead on parody of them in 1971. You can find it in its entirety here. And while it’s true Mad was rapidly falling into a pattern of safe formula writing by the early 70s, they were still delivering many knock ’em out of the ballpark features and had nearly two decades of unparalleled work behind them at this point. Michael Gross, the art director at NatLamp, led the attack, his attitude being that Mad was all garbage after they went from comic book to magazine format, which is about as elitist and inaccurate as possible. Chalk it up to typical early 70s hippie bullshit mentality that demanded complete destruction of everything that had come before it. Realize too that most of that generation eventually sold out for corporate jobs and became raging conservatives. Take it all with a grain of salt. And remember too that NatLamp had only about a five year run before it ran out of steam.

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