It seems none of us can get enough suggestive poses, egregious photoshopping, bold breastfeeding, Zuckerberg hate-ons, Demi rip-offs or wholesome conservative cleavage (not exactly Maxim is it?).
Indeed, this recent AdWeek retrospective of arresting magazine covers is mostly T&A, and no where does it suggest that you actually read these mags.
The new cover of Foreign Policy, a so-called Sex Issue (wait, wasn't this issue sexy enough?) would be an arrestable offence in many countries (which is essentially the point of author Mona Eltahawy's cover story).
The recent Cover of the Year winner at the American National Magazine Awards? Yup, not exactly Martha Stewart Living.
covers that didn't make it to print but we still want to go viral; covers that exploit your infatuation with non-print media; covers that test your capacity for irony, and covers that suggest a certain someone is gee-ay-why.
(Before being outed Obama was also a tiny-headed Jewish Mullah Rodin sculpture.)
There are even covers that aren't even covers yet, hence this masterful mash-up of future magazine covers from New York magazine.
And then there are covers that circumvent breasts and rainbows and go to right to subliminal messaging for a certain Canadian Prairie town (suck it, Winnipeg!).
And you know what? It works. Will you ever forget the images of breast-munching chair-boy or body-paint burqa, even after Twitter has short-circuited your temporal lobe? No. Will you actually believe the American president is a homosexual when you pull his lever in November? Maybe.
Hooray for the new magazine model: look, but don't touch!
Oh, and while I've got you panting for magazines, check out the Best Cover nominees for the Canadian National Magazine Awards. The winner will be announced June 7.