That's it, folks. You're looking at the best magazine cover of the last 40 years — at least according to the American Society of Magazine Editors
You may recall that back on September 29, I posted something
about ASME's competition to select the best magazine covers of the last 40 years. Well, the winners have been chosen
, and John and Yoko top the list.
If they say so.
Coming in second was the shot of Demi Moore looking large and lovely on the August 1991 cover of Vanity Fair
, followed by an April 1968 photo from Esquire
of boxer Muhammad Ali with arrows in his body (a cover that Radar
magazine recently parodied with Tom Cruise standing in for Ali).
The Saul Steinberg drawing of New York's West Side dwarfing the rest of the country, published in The New Yorker
on March 29, 1976, came in fourth. Esquire
's May 1969 image of Andy Warhol drowning in a can of tomato soup took the fifth spot.
For the complete list of 40, click here
. Of course, the famous National Geographic
cover that we all know is on the list (#10 — I'd have ranked it higher), as is the cover of the first issue of JFK Jr.'s George
with Cindy Crawford made up like George Washington (#22).
There are three 9/11-related covers, and a five-way tie (!!) for #37 that includes Time
's infamous "Yep, I'm Gay" cover with Ellen Degeneres and Fast Company
's "Brand Called You" cover.
It's a pretty interesting — though just a bit odd — group. I mean, I'd never pick the John and Yoko cover as the best
cover, though it is a great one. But then again, they didn't ask me, did they? And considering the examples I cited in my previous post
, it's probably better that they didn't. :-)