I ordered Drunk Stone Brilliant Dead
without knowing more about it than that the book presented a history of the creators responsible for National Lampoon
magazine a few decades back. I try to quench my scholarly thirst for knowledge regarding pop culture topics about which I know little; I was not thinking at all about comic books when I placed the order.
I had expected the tome to be a standard-sized volume featuring text only, so imagine my surprise when the mailman delivered a fairly massive coffee table book that consists of roughly 20% comics
material reprinted from the magazine! The beautiful sample above is by Russ Heath
from a mid-1970s issue, and other comics artists represented in DSBD
include Frank Thorne
and Frank Springer
There is exactly one panel in the book from a semi-regular strip that was drawn by Neal Adams
. Many National Lampoon
subscriptions were canceled because of the strip's blasphemousness, says the book; a statement like that is enough to pique anyone's curiosity, so I looked it up. Over here
you can read this strip as well as read about it. Below is one image to give you a taste.