Uncovered Covers and Non-covers of the New Yorker

The New Yorker magazine has a long history of graphic excellence, from the cartoons of legends like Charles Addams or Roz Chast to the illustrations of Saul Steinberg and William Steig, to name a very, very few from almost their almost 90 years of publication. Since 1993 and the beginning of Françoise Mouly’s term as art director, they have run more and more topical work, from Art Spiegelman’s Crown Heights riot inspired kiss to 2008’s infamous ‘terrorist fish bump’ spoof by Barry Blitt. (For a glimpse at earlier eras of topical work, read this piece by Amy Davidson on a cover that almost ran for FDR’s inauguration back in 1933.)

Now Mouly has published a collection of behind the scenes art and cover proposals from the past 19 years arranged by theme, with comments from many of the artists, called “Blown Covers: New Yorker covers you were never meant to see”. The book provides a history of recent pop culture, with commentary by the Mouly and others on how the works came to be and what went into the editorial decisions. And for a taste of what you will find in the book, plus much more – including work from back in Mouly’s RAW days, check out the companion blog: Blown Covers.

Blown covers : New Yorker covers you were never meant to see / Françoise Mouly – NC974.4.N48 M68 2012

The art of the New Yorker, 1925-1995 / Lee Lorenz- NC1428.N47 1995

The Complete book of covers from the New Yorker, 1925-1989 / with a foreword by John Updike – NC974.4.N48 C66 1989

Comic worlds of Peter Arno, William Steig, Charles Addams, and Saul Steinberg / Iain Topliss – NC1428.N47 T66 2007

The Rejection Collection: cartoons you never saw, and never will see, in the New Yorker / edited by Matthew Diffee – NC1428 .N47 2006a

Bonus, a slideshow of Chris Ware’s favorite NYer covers.


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