Boris Vallejo (b. 1941)
Discovery of America
(c. 1000 A.D.)
“Surprise Poster” Original Art
The National Lampoon, May 1976
Gouache on graphite
26.5″ x 18.5″
Signed lower left
If you had occasion to visit Stan’s office, you will definitely remember this painting. It hung on his office wall for years as a slightly (mostly) off-color embellishment and counterpoint to some very serious business!
This is not a scene you will see in the Smithsonian’s depictions of Leif Eriksson making stately landfall on our shores. In fact, as Boris Vallejo imagines here, even dogs and canoes were not safe from the joyful, lusty rampaging of the Vikings during their discovery of North America.
“Discovery of America (c. 1000 A.D.)” was originally commissioned by The National Lampoon, and appeared in the May 1976 issue as the “surprise poster” in the middle of the magazine.
In 2013, The Internet Archive (archive.org), that amazing non-profit and repository of all things, published every single issue (in completion!) to its site. You can view the May issue and see the poster in context here on pages 90-91 (have to flip to the pages): The National Lampoon, May 1976