Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 5:06 pm

Oh, is THAT what that was supposed to be?

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 5:06 pm

The Top 40 magazine covers of the past 40 years have been announced by the American Society of Magazine Editors (whose own site crashed from all the server traffic; you can see some of them and read the list here). The No. 1, from Rolling Stone, was that weird photo of a nude John Lennon looking like he’s trying to climb a clothed Yoko Ono, taken the day Lennon was assassinated. The rest of the Top 5:

2. Vanity Fair — Aug. 1991 — Nude, pregnant Demi Moore (memorably spoofed soon after by a Spy cover of a nude, pregnant Bruce Willis; sadly, the spoof didn’t make the Top 40)
3. Esquire — April 1968 — “The Passion of Muhammad Ali” (the boxer as St. Sebastian)
4. The New Yorker — March 29, 1976 — Drawing of New York from Hudson River and rest of the country to Pacific Ocean (description AND mockery of a New Yorker’s view of the world)
5. Esquire — May 1969 — Andy Warhol drowning in Campbell’s soup can — “The decline and collapse of American avant-garde” (eh).

My personal all-time favorite, the New Yorker’s post-9/11 black-on-black picture of the Twin Towers, came in 6th.

No. 9 was one I’d always wondered about: Supermodel Linda Evangelista on the September 1992 cover of Harper’s Bazaar, holding up one of the A’s in the magazine title for an article titled, “Enter the Era of Elegance.” Because I’ve always thought she was wiping her nose on her sleeve. I’m just sayin’.

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