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The Breitbart President Is Raging at Delusional Fantasies

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))3/06/2017 6:13:19 am PST

re: #170 wheat-dogg

That’s the one! And I remember all those covers.

In many ways, 20th century superheroes are not far removed from ancient tales of heroes and demigods like Samson and Hercules, and gods (and sons-o-gods) like YHWH and Jesus. So, putting Jesus in a superhero costume makes sense, though of course it would offend tons of people.

Here’s a story from my youth. My father was a very conservative guy, while my mom was more liberal and tolerant. When I was 13 or so, my older cousin bought me a subscription to National Lampoon for my birthday. First issue arrived, but it was weeks before I saw it. My old man got the mail first, found the magazine and started leafing through it, and went ballistic (apparently) when he came across Foto Funnies, which usually featured some bare-breasted woman with a fully clothed man. Well, he raised hell with my mom and with my cousin (who’s female, btw) but after he calmed down, a few weeks later I got to see the magazine and every one thereafter. My mom, I presume, was rather persuasive.

Yes, I had to hide my National Lampoons from my mom. They did a lot (along with the National Lampoon radio show) to shape my sense of humor, and many more of their alumni went on to found SNL.

And “Animal House” and all the Chevy Chase “Family Vacation” movies are based on short stories that originally appeared in the National Lampoon.