Category Archives: Magazine Covers

Star Wars – The Print Awakens

Star Wars is getting the cover treatment from satirists, advertisers, motion graphics/animation/specicial FX artists, newsies, entertainment newsies, techies, and the world of science. Following is a sample of current, and a few historical covers in the SVA Library featuring the world’s foremost Space Opera.

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Looking back through the archives there are many more opportunities to spot friendly Jar Jars or the face of C-3PO’s from an earlier age of unrest within the empire.

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Or an even earlier (though chronologically later) cover treatment.

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Magazine Covers – 1970-1979 (Part 3 – Art) +++

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Please enjoy this sopping sampling of sweet and sour color from 1970’s art magazines.

Art News was founded in 1902 and is the most widely circulated art magazine in the world.

ArtNews. April 1972.

ArtNews. April 1972.
“Sweet and Sour” by Ed Ruscha.
(Strawberries, peppers, olives, peaches, anchovies, pickles, washes of jam juice.)

Art International was based in Switzerland and ran from 1956-1984.

Art International, Volume XXI. March 1978.

Art International, Volume XXI. March 1978.
Art by Pierre Alechinsky.

Novum Gebrauchsgraphik, now called Novum, is an international graphic design magazine based in Germany.

Novum Gebrauchs Graphic. February 1977.

Novum Gebrauchs Graphic. February 1977.
African Hairdresser’s Sign (Unknown Artist).

Art International, Volum XXII. February 1978.

Art International, Volume XXII. February 1978.
Art by Richard P. Lohse.

Art International, Volume XX/3-4. March/April 1976.

Art International, Volume XX/3-4. March/April 1976.
Art by Alun Leach-Jones.

Avante Garde had a short run of only 14 issues between 1968 to 1971.

Avante Garde. January 1970.

Avante Garde. January 1970.
Art by Thomas Weiil

Connoisseur is a publication of self-proclaimed high-brow culture and art:

Connoisseur. April 1976.

Connoisseur. April 1976.

ArtForum is a contemporary art magazine.

ArtForum. 1971.

ArtForum. 1971.
Still from “Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son” (1969).

Magazine Covers — 1950-1959

Please enjoy this quick sample of rather worn and misused magazine covers from the 1950’s.


Nature April 1951

Nature January 1951


Magazine Covers – 1980-1989 – Part 1 (“Mainstream Magazines”)

From 1982 we have”the world’s only consumer magazine about beer:” BEER. This is the Beauty (Barbara Eden with her shirt apparently completely unbuttoned) and the beer (that thing pictured in the upper right corner which Barbara made materialize) issue.

Beer 1982 December

The Mob moves in on Wayne Newton. Beverly Hills Diet: Can it kill you? Brazil gags Baez. And the fairy tale wedding (sans the longevity of ever after or happiness).

People 1981 August 3

Dick and Judy Blinn demonstrating what 1980 money looks like:

Money 1980 October. Oh, yeah, hhhott investments.

Some standard 1980 props from Time:

Time 1981 May 4

Time 1983 April 11.

Geo was a great magazine. We have a number of issues in our periodicals from 1979-1985. It was sort of like a more artsy National Geographic, but it is sadly no more.

Geo 1980 July

Next we have a selection of Atlantic magazines, many of which, at least in content and posturing, seem like they could have been published this year.

Atlantic 1987 August. Illustration by (graphic designer, illustrator, and type designer extraordinaire) Seymour Chwast.

Atlantic 1989 April. Illustration: Fred Otnes

Atlantic 1989 February.

Atlantic 1989 June. Illustration by Nicholas Gaetano.

Atlantic 1989 May. Illustration by Robert Grossman. 2012: Just switch China for Japan and Fu Manchu (or other such Chinese stereotype) for the sumo wrestler.

A selection of Omni magazine seems a fitting way to stagger your imagination, blow your mind, and be done with the mainstream 1980’s. Much like the 1980’s itself, and especially the end of the 80’s, which like the end of any decade tries too hard to descend and ascend and define, the graphics presented here are just a little too awkward and conceptually far-reaching for even 20+ of nostalgic inducing passing time to render endearing. But what do I know?

Omni 1988 November.

Omni 1989 April. Yes, CREATIVITY run amok.

Omni 1989 August

Omni 1989 February

Omni 1989 March

Omni 1989 September

Omni 1989 June

Omni 1989 November. Dreams. Wild Ones.

Omni 1989 October

Magazine Covers – 1970-1979 – Part 2 (Film Magazines)

The picture collection has thousands of magazine covers, hundreds of which, sprinkled throughout the decades, are Film Magazine covers. 1970-1979 seems to have more than others, which is why I decided to give Film Magazines its own post for the 70’s. The 70’s is my favorite decade for cinema. What is yours?

Sight and Sound Spring 1970. John Frankenheimer's "The Horsemen". Photo by Hayden Percival.

Sight and Sound Spring 1971. Squirrel Nutkin (Wayne Sleep) in the Royal Ballet Film "Tales of Beatrix Potter," directed by Reginald Mills.

Film Comment Summer 1971. Jeanne Moreau and Orson Welles in Chimes at Midnight (1965) aka "Falstaff." Photo by Peppercorn - Wormser

Film Comment Spring 1972

Film Comment Spring 1972. Jane Fonda in "Klute." Photo: Warner Brothers.

Film Quarterly Fall 1972. Bud Cort in "Harold and Maude."

From Tom Dewitt Ditto's "The Fall" (1971) More About Tom Dewitt Ditto


Film Quarterly Winter 1972/1973. From Robert Altman's "Images."

AFI Report (American Film Institure Quarterly) Spring 1974. Cookie Monster eating the vision of the tele.

Film Comment Jan/Feb 1974. "Ken Takakura, Japan's number one Yakuza star. Photo: Paul Schrader.

Film Comment Nov/Dec 1974

Film Quarterly Fall 1975. Bennie Casey as "Hit Man."

Film Comment Nov Dec 1975. Georgina Hale in Ken Russell's "Mahler" (photo: MOMA/Film Stills).