Magazine covers you wanna lick
July 19, 2014 2:09 PM   Subscribe

These are great. Some would stand alone as art.
posted by Dip Flash at 2:27 PM on July 19, 2014

Man, that typographical page is absolutely incredible. Amazing how often Bloomberg pops up.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:35 PM on July 19, 2014

Er, fair warning to others: the 'controversial' link has a couple covers that are probably NSFW at all (bare breast, male full frontal nudity--amusingly, two over from a cover that says NSFW).
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:38 PM on July 19, 2014

Hmm. So the Anna Winotur New York cover wasn't really rejected (or controversial) per se, but pulled because the Boston Bombings happened and that story was the cover story instead?

Some of these controversial covers confuse me.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 3:09 PM on July 19, 2014

Yeah a lot of the 'controversial' covers seem to be controversial only in the sense that if you're a sheltered conservative they're controversial. There are a few that are kind of unambigously offensive though... there was that rejected cover from 2011, week of Sept 11, of a US flag shown vertically, missing stars--because they were falling around the tower. I just don't understand how anyone could think that was okay, ever. (And I'm far from a 9/11 fetishist; it just seemed really gross.)
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 3:17 PM on July 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

Well, they used this instead.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 4:34 PM on July 19, 2014

Oh my God I didn't think they could have done worse than the rejected cover.

Sure enough, they didn't just go worse, they doubled down on it. Not that I'm saying people should be protected from the horrors of conflict. It just seems so disrespectful to those people whose choices were "stay in a building that's going to collapse" or "jump out the window."

It seems like it was chosen more as an outrage!marketing tool than as something illustrative and educational, if that makes sense?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 4:46 PM on July 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

I don't see a way to add my favorite magazine cover (Rolling Stone's College Special 1990).
posted by infinitewindow at 4:54 PM on July 19, 2014 [2 favorites]

Glad to see this classic made at least one list. If published today it would probably be near the top of the "controversial" list, pitting the NRA and PETA against each other in a death match.

Speaking of controversy, it seems that some of those covers were either never published or parodies; a little weak compared to the others. Also, why do so few "sexy" covers feature men?
posted by TedW at 6:12 PM on July 19, 2014

Why is there only 1 male-focused sexiest cover? and a 77-year-old man, to boot (who I suppose is sexy if you're into sexigenarians)
posted by drlith at 8:31 PM on July 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

Some of those "sexiest" covers are the stuff of nightmares.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 11:44 PM on July 19, 2014

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