21st Century / Heavy Metal / National Lampoon

1970 - 1998
United States
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21st Century Communications was founded in 1967 by Matty Simmons and Leonard Mogel, who previously had published the Diner's Club magazine. Simmons had been the co-founder of the Diner's Club. Their first magazine was the music magazine, Cheetah, 1967-1968. They then published Weight Watchers Magazine from 1968 - 1975.
In 1969, the producers of the Harvard Lampoon parodies of Life and Time, Douglas Kenney, Henry Beard, and Robert Hoffman had meetings with 21 Century, and together licensed the "Lampoon" name for a monthly national publication, National Lampoon, which became very successful and spun-off various books, records, radio shows, off-Broadway plays, and movies.
21st's next magazine was the revival of Liberty, which they published from 1971-1973.
In 1977, they started publishing Heavy Metal.
In 1979, 21 Century was re-named National Lampoon, Inc.
In 1989, the company was sold to new owners, but no other changes were made.
In 1990, the company was sold again, and the new owners merged it into their J2 Communications, a movie company.
In 1992, Heavy Metal magazine and its affiliates were sold out of the company.
In 1998 the last issue of National Lampoon was published. The company still exists as a movie related business.
Series Year Issues Covers Published
The Best of National Lampoon 1971 5 issues (0 indexed) No Covers March 1971 - 1977
The Breast of National Lampoon 1972 1 issues (0 indexed) No Covers 1972
National Lampoon Comics 1974 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1974
The National Lampoon Encyclopedia of Humor 1973 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1973
National Lampoon Foto Funnies [m] 1980 2 issues (0 indexed) Add 1980 - 1986
National Lampoon Magazine [m] 1970 223 issues (125 indexed) No Covers April 1970 - October 1990
National Lampoon Presents Claire Bret├ęcher [a] 1978 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1978
National Lampoon Presents Hitler's Favorite Cartoons [b] 1982 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1982
National Lampoon Presents the Very Large Book of Comical Funnies [b] 1975 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1975
National Lampoon Presents: French Comics (The Kind Men Like) [b] 1977 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1977
National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody 1978 1 issues (1 indexed) No Covers 1978
National Lampoon Tenth Anniversary Anthology 1970-1980 [b] 1980 1 issues (1 indexed) No Covers [December 1979] 1980
National Lampoon True Facts [m] 1981 0 issues (0 indexed) No Covers 1981 ?
National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 1 issues (1 indexed) No Covers 1978
National Lampoon's Cartoon Book: The Best of 18 Years 1988 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1988
National Lampoon's Cartoons Even We Wouldn't Dare Print [m] 1984 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1984
National Lampoon's Gentleman's Bathroom Companion [m] 1975 2 issues (0 indexed) No Covers 1975 - 1977
National Lampoon's Son of Cartoons Even We Wouldn't Dare Print II: A Sequel 1985 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1985
National Lampoon- Cartoons Even We Wouldn't Dare Print: A Collection of Thoroughly Reprehensible Cartoons [b] 1979 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1979

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