National Lampoon, Inc.
Volume 1, number 34
National Lampoon began in 1970 as a spinoff of Harvard’s long-standing campus humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon, which had published a series of magazine parodies. In the 1970s, it had a far-reaching effect on American humor across entertainment media including radio, film, and theater. The most collectible issue is the iconic May 1973 cover with the caption “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog,” conceived by writer Ed Bluestone.