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Rick Meyerowitz

Rick Meyerowitz (born November 29, 1943) is an American artist, and author.[1] He is best known for his work for National Lampoon magazine and its spin-offs, including his poster for the comedy film Animal House.

Rick Meyerowitz
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Meyerowitz at the New York premiere of the film Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, Tribeca Film Festival, April 16, 2015
Born November 29, 1943 (1943-11-29) (age 74)
The Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Known for Illustrator, writer


Early lifeEdit

Meyerowitz was born in The Bronx, New York. He is the younger brother of photographer Joel Meyerowitz. He started drawing during his childhood and attended art school at Boston University.

National Lampoon magazineEdit

Meyerowitz was a frequent contributor to National Lampoon magazine; memorable artwork of his included the "Mona Gorilla" (the Mona Lisa as a gorilla).

The film Animal HouseEdit

Meyerowitz created the widely recognized theatrical release poster for the 1978 comedy movie Animal House.

Other workEdit

Meyerowitz has worked as a commercial artist and as the author and artist of humorous books such as Return of the Nose Masks (1998; a book of punch-out masks to be worn on the nose) and Dodosaurs: The Dinosaurs That Didn't Make It (1983); he has also illustrated children's books (Rip Van Winkle, 2004, for example).

Meyerowitz's collaborations with the artist Maira Kalman produced New Yorkistan, a popular cover for The New Yorker magazine, as well as editorial and humor pieces for The New York Times. Coasters which the two artists designed were for sale at the Museum of Modern Art.


Meyerowitz put together a book about National Lampoon magazine's artists and writers, called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great. The book was published by Abrams in the fall of 2010.[2]

Documentary filmEdit

Meyerowitz was interviewed and drew the theatrical release poster for the 2015 film National Lampoon: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. The director Doug Tirola commented, ""Before we shot the first frame of the movie, I had the idea and hope that Rick would do our poster. The Animal House poster, in my mind, is one of the best in the history of film."[3]


  1. ^ Scheft, Bill (December 5, 2010). "Holiday Books: Humor". New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Amazon, Books, "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great" [1] Accessed 2015.4.17
  3. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (January 24, 2015). "Check Out the "Animal House" Style Poster for the New "National Lampoon" Documentary". Yahoo!. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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