Lois' work is often considered some of the best magazine journalism has ever seen. I spent several classes at Syracuse covering his work and its overall effect on the public at the time.
I highly encourage you to read more about Lois. My favorite piece is from New York Magazine, in which Lois discusses his favorite covers and how each of them came to be (and the consequences that resulted). Click here to see them.
NOW: The times have changed and so have Esquire's covers. While they may not be as politically thought-provoking, I admire them for their artistic creativity. For example, have you ever seen type treatment like those above? It's crazy. Crazy awesome. And it actually makes me want to read the copy - almost like a challenge to see if I can. And the bottom two images are from the last two months of Esquire UK, both of which feature absolutely stunning photography. And not only are the images captivating, the subjects in them are actually DOING something instead of just standing there against a white backdrop (also love the photo of Leo splashing his drink, minus his orange-hued skin).
What are your thoughts on magazine covers?
Are you tired of the straight-on faces like we see on the covers of Glamour, Cosmo, and every. other. magazine??
How about shelter magazines? Would you want to see something other than a pretty living room on the cover? If so, what?