The 20 Greatest Christmas Magazine Covers of All Time

The 20 Greatest Christmas Magazine Covers of All Time A few months ago, Fortune Associate Art Director Linda Rubes suggested that we collaborate on an online posting that collected the best Christmas magazine covers of all time. She was inspired by looking through archives of classic Fortune covers of the 30s, when every December issue was a brilliant celebration of the holiday spirit. We dug through online archives and collections, bought magazines on eBay, solicited contributions from friends and colleagues, dug deep into our personal archives, and even contacted publishers directly for images (thanks Ms. magazine!). The final result, The 20 Greatest Christmas Magazine Covers of All Time, is now on display at the Mediaite site. The covers range from funny to provocative, beautiful and sensitive to in-your-face, and include examples from Fortune, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Jet, Playboy, GQ, and many more. They're all cool, and all a graphic reminder that magazine-making can be about making statements and connecting with readers on a personal, emotional level.

We found so many great Xmas covers that we added a second batch of 20 here. And if you've got any that you think we overlooked, we'd be glad to do an update.

We've got some nifty samples on the next page to brighten your holidays...

Baltimore City Paper, November 1999.jpg
This 1999 cover of altweekly Baltimore City Paper featured artwork by Shephard Fairey, and no cover logo. Art director: Joe MacLeod.

Seventeen Xmas cover
Seventeen magazine, December 1947. Gazillions of cool Seventeen covers at this site.

Rolling Stone Wild Things Xmas
Maurice Sendak illustrated this 1976 Where the Wild Things Are cover for Rolling Stone. Art director: Roger Black. See the complete Rolling Stone cover archive here.

Esquire Xmas cover
Esquire, December 1949. See the complete Esquire cover archive here.

The Marvin Gaye Jet cover is courtesy of Cover Browser, a great site to see thousands of magazine covers.
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