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Postby Neel Mehta » Sat May 13, 2017 8:14 am

What do these 4 magazine covers have in common? The theme is exceedingly rare, as magazine covers go.

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Can you add any others? I left off what I think is the definitive example (the October 1992 issue will do). There's also, like, every single issue of a certain youth magazine from the second half of 1997 to the first half of 1998.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Bill » Sat May 13, 2017 11:04 am

Love it.

I have the October 1992 instance, but still stumped on the youth magazine.

Here's my contribution:

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Sat May 13, 2017 5:51 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:There's also, like, every single issue of a certain youth magazine from the second half of 1997 to the first half of 1998.


How strict does the title have to be?

Because this one fits, but it's missing a few letters at the beginning:

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun May 14, 2017 5:20 pm

Bill and jbenz are correct. Well, partial credit for Fergie.

My sympathies go to jbenz for briefly visiting the creepy world of teen magazines: adults using young celebrities to introduce the pin-up culture to even younger readers. I saw one cover (don't remember if it was Bop or Teen Beat) that promoted "kissable" photographs inside.

Hanson works for the same imperfect reason Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Taylor Swift work. I had to stretch the theme a little bit to make more examples possible.

Time Magazine -- which is very stingy when it comes to putting musicians on the cover -- does have a perfect example. I chose not to include it because I felt it was too obscure. It's by a famous entertainer who has appeared alone on the cover twice, in 1983 and 2016.

New York Magazine has a national reach, but I imagine more local magazines would provide some examples. Tony Bennett, maybe? Will Smith?

After appearing in this thread and in Famous Siblings and the Transitive Property, are Hanson the new Keith Urban?
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Mon May 15, 2017 8:57 am

Neel Mehta wrote:Time Magazine -- which is very stingy when it comes to putting musicians on the cover -- does have a perfect example. I chose not to include it because I felt it was too obscure. It's by a famous entertainer who has appeared alone on the cover twice, in 1983 and 2016.


I haven't checked, but I'm guessing he never made the cover of this mag :(

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Here is another imperfect one:

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I think Hanson has to pop up in at least... let's say three new threads... before they are crowned the new Keith Urban.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Bill » Mon May 15, 2017 9:04 am

Neel Mehta wrote:After appearing in this thread and in Famous Siblings and the Transitive Property, are Hanson the new Keith Urban?


No

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Mon May 15, 2017 9:17 am

Ha ha! Keith Urban forever.

Here's one:

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It took me way too long to think of the definitive example (from October 1992), so I am putting it here for posterity:

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Madonna - Vogue, of course
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Mon May 15, 2017 12:27 pm

These kinda count.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Bill » Mon May 15, 2017 5:34 pm

JBenz, FTW! (For Hello!)

Was Bop the youth magazine, or are we still missing one?
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue May 16, 2017 10:54 am

So what do these magazine covers have in common? The theme could be described as...

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[Magazine Title] is also all or part of a song title by [Magazine Cover Subject].


The Lionel Richie one was outstanding. I was going to ask if any magazine had two perfect examples, but now I don't need to.

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Bop was indeed the youth magazine. The definitive one (October 1992), the perfect Time, and two others:

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Wed May 17, 2017 5:02 am

I was trying to find a Lucky cover featuring Madonna, so I could put it next to a Star cover featuring Madonna.

I never found the Lucky cover, but I did find Madonna and Sinatra on one Star cover.

That's a double.

Then I realized Star magazine might be cheating, because so many titles include some variation of "star" or "start".

Here's a triple with J. Lo, Marc Anthony, and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. (Keywords are Start, Started, and Starting.)
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed May 17, 2017 2:49 pm

jbenz wrote:I was trying to find a Lucky cover featuring Madonna, so I could put it next to a Star cover featuring Madonna.

I never found the Lucky cover, but I did find this:

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Sinatra counts as well, so that's a double.

Then I realized Star magazine might be cheating, because so many titles include some variation of "star" or "start".

Here's a triple with J. Lo, Marc Anthony, and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. (Keywords are Start, Started, and Starting.)

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The images didn't come up.

I forgot to mention the most meta example of this theme.

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Wikipedia sums it up:

"The Cover of Rolling Stone" is a song written by Shel Silverstein and first recorded by American rock group Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. Produced by Ron Haffkine and released in 1972, it was the band's third single and peaked at number six on the U.S. pop chart for two weeks on March 17–24, 1973.

The song satirizes success in the music business; the song's narrator laments that his band, despite having the superficial attributes of a successful rock star (including drug usage, "teenage groupies, who'll do anything we say" and a frenetic guitar solo) has been unable to "get their pictures/on the cover of the
Rolling Stone".

As the song was riding high on the charts, the magazine acquiesced to Dr. Hook's request -- sort of. The March 29, 1973 cover of
Rolling Stone did feature the band, but in caricature, rather than in a photograph. Also, the group's name was not used; instead the caption read simply, "What's-Their-Names Make the Cover."
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Thu May 18, 2017 4:34 am

That's weird about the images.

I edited my post and uploaded them as an attachment.

I did not know the story behind that Rolling Stone cover. That's terrific.

Meta Week was my favorite thing that ever happened on Ken's blog. I hope it comes back. Great entry for Most Meta Magazine Cover.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Bill » Thu May 18, 2017 12:42 pm

jbenz wrote:Meta Week was my favorite thing that ever happened on Ken's blog. I hope it comes back.


Meta Week?
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Thu May 18, 2017 1:04 pm

Meta Week was the best.

It started with Best Meta Movie.

Then it was Best Meta TV Show.

Then it was Best Meta Pop Song.

Then it was Best Meta Comic.

I bought Animal Man from Amazon based on that post, and it was a great decision.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu May 18, 2017 9:16 pm

Here's a variation. I can't tell if this will be easier or harder.

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Confession: this idea first crossed my mind about 16 years ago, in connection with Warren Beatty. I could have sworn a certain lifestyle magazine had him on the cover, but the Internet does not agree, and my memory is unreliable.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Fri May 19, 2017 4:41 am

This one movie is well represented with covers:

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It would probably take a few hours to find all the Time Magazine covers that qualify, so instead I will include this one cover and ask a question.

I am thinking of a different magazine that would count twice (two movie titles) if they ever let Glenn Close on the cover.

They never have, but they've put her co-star on there twice!

Which magazine?

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Fri May 19, 2017 7:22 am

Regarding Warren Beatty... I hope they put him on the cover, and I hope he is stepping out of one of these vans:

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Fri May 19, 2017 7:27 am

Ah ha!

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby gwynn1984 » Fri May 19, 2017 10:24 am

Well, it makes sense that Glenn Close's "Fatal Attraction" co-star was on the cover of that particular magazine. Was it for the original movie and its (long-awaited?) sequel or was the character such a perfect fit for the magazine at the time that he was on twice for the original?
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Fri May 19, 2017 10:48 am

Uhh... actually, it's neither. Turns out I played myself.

I found the image below (and several variations) and I thought they were legit.

But then I realized the first Fortune cover is from 1984... and Wall Street didn't come out until 87. Ahhh... it was a fake cover made up for the film.

So really, he's only been on the cover once, and that was in 2005. But the sequel didn't come out until 2010. In 2005, it was just an article about hedge funds.

Very flawed question from me.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Bill » Fri May 19, 2017 3:13 pm

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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun May 21, 2017 12:05 pm

Nice work, everybody. I spent a ridiculous amount of time searching Closer covers for Jude Law. You would think the Brit with the scandalous personal life would be featured in a UK tabloid, but whatever.

jbenz wrote:But then I realized the first Fortune cover is from 1984... and Wall Street didn't come out until 87. Ahhh... it was a fake cover made up for the film.


Speaking of fake magazine covers made up for films, I'm thinking of an American film released in the past five years that uses a fake cover of a real magazine as a significant plot point. If someone unfamiliar with the movie thought the magazine was real, they could post it here, because the magazine cover subject is the film's top-billed actor, and the magazine's title is also part of the film's title.

If you need a further hint:
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The character that takes the cover photograph in the film is played by an actor who has worked with Michael Douglas, and has the same number of Academy Awards as Michael Douglas.
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Re: Unusual magazine covers

Postby jbenz » Mon May 22, 2017 4:50 am

Neel Mehta wrote:
Speaking of fake magazine covers made up for films, I'm thinking of an American film released in the past five years that uses a fake cover of a real magazine as a significant plot point.



I did need the hint.

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