Magazine covers, then and now

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Over at Medium, Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra look at the evolution of magazine covers. To paraphrase Mister Jalopy, I don't like the old ones because they're old, I like them because they're better.

The Evolution of Magazine Covers

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  1. Let's just agree that everything sucks now. I for one am a piss poor version of my former near-perfect self.

  2. I'm impressed that Seventeen Magazine's logo has stayed the same for 40 years. And also, they're being a bit disingenuous by claiming that GQ is focusing more on sexy women on the cover. I did a google image search for "gq magazine 2015 cover" and this is what came up:

    Mostly "white guys in suits".

  3. The GQ comparison is definitely disingenuous. Now if they'd taken the comedy issue from the same era it would have had Lenny Bruce with Kruschev's finger in his mouth.

  4. Magazine covers have to get louder - they have to compete with the internet, and it's not going well. Back in the 1960s, magazines were the internet.

  5. When I was a kid, I thought Cosmo was a porn mag based on the covers. But I was a kid in the '70's, so...

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