8 Blown Covers For The New Yorker

Cover concepts for The New Yorker you were never supposed to see.

In Blown Covers, New Yorker covers editor Françoise Mouly curates some of the most controversial images to not make the front of the magazine, from a version of the Sept. 11 tragedy to digs at Michael Jackson and Eliot Spitzer.

1. Smart Sex

Cover proposal by Bob Zoell.

2. 9/11

A version of reality where the tragedy never happened. Cover proposal by Bob Staake.

3. Mission Accomplished

Cover proposal by Christoph Niemann.

4. Guillotine

An “off with his head” punishment for Eliot Spitzer’s sex scandal. Cover proposal by Peter De Sève.

5. Michael Jackson

Cover proposal by Barry Blitt.

6. Fist Bump

A sketch of the controversial July 21, 2008, cover by Barry Blitt.

7. Hope

Obama as a paper doll that could be dressed as either an angel or a devil. Cover proposal by Bob Staake.

8. Blown Covers

Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See by Françoise Mouly. Drawing by Barry Blitt.

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