Magical Misery Tour: Michael O’Donoghue and Randall Enos in the October 1971 issue of National Lampoon

By on September 24, 2015

The always awesome Michael O’Donoghue and illustrator Randall Enos pooled their considered comic talents to tell the comic-tragic history of the Beatles, drawn in the style of the film Yellow Submarine, which appeared the October 1971 issue of National Lampoon.

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Kudos by the way to whomever did this cartoon of the Beatles’s cartoon characters singing “I Am The Walrus,” because that wasn’t one of the songs that was animated for an episode in season three of the King Features Syndicate cartoon (1967), and unlike older stereo versions of this song, AND the 2009 remastered Magical Mystery Tour CD, this does NOT revert to re-channeled fake stereo after the second verse. You might also enjoy this National Lampoon Lennon parody.

The Beatles’s Saturday morning cartoon was produced by the King Features Syndicate, who also did Flash Gordon, The Little King, Secret Agent X-9, and more.

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.