Happy Earth Day! The Greatest Environmental Magazine Covers
(Above): Ramparts, April 1970. Art director: Jerelle Kraus; illustrator: Jerelle Kraus. This was one of the very first magazine covers with an environmental activist image. It was published to coincide with the first Earth Day.
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This story was co-produced by Linda Rubes.
(Left): Earth First!, May-June 2006. Earth First! is the journal of the radical activist direct action Earth First! movement. "We put our bodies on the line to stop the destruction" is how they describe their activities. Back issues and covers from Earth First!, and more info, available here.
(Right): The New York Times Magazine, April 15, 2007. "The Greening of Geopolitics." Art director: Arem Duplessis; photographer/artist: Vik Muniz; floral designer: Julian Calderon; photo editors: Kathy Ryan, Kira Pollack.
(Left): Mother Jones, July 1981. Art director: Louise Kollenbaum; illustrator: Ron Giacomaro. Noted Esquire cover designer George Lois commented about this cover in a subsequent letter to the editor, calling it "the best I've seen in years. It's...everything a great cover should be."
(Right): Time, February 2, 1970. Illustrator: Mati Klarwein. Artist Klarwein is better know for his imaginative, psychedelic paintings that were featured on memorable LP covers like Santana Abraxas and Miles Davis Bitches Brew. Barry Commoner, who is featured on this cover, ran for President in 1980 on the Citizens Party ticket.
(Left): Green Guide, Spring 2008. Art director: Chalkley Calderwood. Published by National Geographic, Green Guide was a Real Simple-style magazine promoting a simple, green lifestyle. It was a beautifully-designed magazine that unfortunately folded during the Great Magazine Crisis of 2009. The Green Guide website is still up and publishing.
(Right): Newsweek, April 16, 2007. Art directors: Bruce Ramsey and Amid Capeci; photographer: Nigel Parry.
(Left): PW (Philadelphia Weekly), September 26, 2007. Art director: Sara Green; illustrator: Sara Green. The cover was a recycled copy of the alternative weekly newspaper, with the type and logo spray painted on top.
(Right): The New Yorker, April 23, 1990. Illustrator: Robert Mankoff.
(Left): Billboard, June 23, 2007. Art director: Josh Klenert. One of the many "green" covers that popped up over the past few years, from a wide variety of magazines. Favorite headline on this one:"Biodegradable Shrink-Wrap--You Can Smoke It!"
(Right): Mad, October 2008. Art director: Sam Viviano; illustrator: Mark Frederickson. Thanks to Madcoversite.com for the scan.
See a gallery of 20 Earth Day and environmental covers here.