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Blown Covers of The New Yorker

The covers The New Yorker didn’t want you to see (though it’s since changed its mind). 

For cartoonists, the cover of iconic American weekly The New Yorker is career Mecca. But you have to get it right: the magazine’s visual satire is enigmatic — timely but enduring, sharp but restrained.

When it is done right it’s extremely powerful: The New York Times called its controversial Obama “terrorist fist-bump” cover the most significant image of the 2008 election (well, it did feature Michelle Obama and an AK-47).

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Long-time art director Françoise Mouly, who has overseen over 800 covers at the illustrious title, has put together a book of the ones that didn’t quite make it for various reasons (too racy, too celeby, or too on-the-knuckle). “Publishable or not,” she writes, “they’re too good to keep to myself.”

We wonder if Tiger, right, feels the same.

Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See by Françoise Mouly is out now (Abrams)

Words by Adam Baidawi

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