The Top 10 Vintage Magazine Covers of 2012

The Top 10 Vintage Magazine Covers of 2012 This is the time of year for list-making. Be sure to vote in the SPD Best Cover of the Day 2012 Poll, which will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, we've put together a collection of our 10 favorite vintage magazine covers that we saw during 2012. We weren't looking for a greatest-of-all-time batch of covers....just things that we thought were really cool, relevant, or that we had never seen before. The covers in this set date from 1916-1997, and all of them look just as fresh now as they did when they were first published. Thanks to Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest, there were so many great vintage magazine covers floating around this year, that we've gathered 10 more here. 2012 was certainly an amazing year for contemporary cover design, but it was also the year that vintage magazine covers, through social media, exploded with their range and availability.

(Above): Drum, February 1955

  • Fact, 1964. Art director: Herb Lubalin
    Fact, 1964. Art director: Herb Lubalin
  • Charm, 1950s
    Charm, 1950s
  • Gent, June 1961. Source: http://www.boomunderground.com/
    Gent, June 1961. Source: http://www.boomunderground.com/
  • Ford Times, April 1978. Illustration: Charley Harper
    Ford Times, April 1978. Illustration: Charley Harper
  • The Guardian Weekend, May 3, 1997. Art director: Mark Porter
    The Guardian Weekend, May 3, 1997. Art director: Mark Porter
  • The Masses, February 1916. Illustration: Frank Walts
    The Masses, February 1916. Illustration: Frank Walts
  • The Chicagoan, March 15, 1930
    The Chicagoan, March 15, 1930
  • Modern Packaging, April 1963. Designer: Walter Allner
    Modern Packaging, April 1963. Designer: Walter Allner
  • Time, June 21, 1968. Illustration: Roy Lichtenstein
    Time, June 21, 1968. Illustration: Roy Lichtenstein


There are plenty of 2012 cover polls and lists. Here are a few:

10 More Great Vintage Magazine Covers
Fishbowl NY Magazine Cover of the Year Poll
Time Picks the Top Photographic Magazine Covers of 2012
2012: Best Magazine Covers, by Coverjunkie for Esquire Malaysia
Coverjunkie Cover Poll 2012
The Completely Biased, Highly Subjective and Unscientific List
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