Next week will mark the release of Francoise Mouly’s ‘Blown Covers’ compilation. Mouly is highly revered for her position as art director with the New Yorker, and her exposure over the years to the publication’s image selection process has led her to release the book. The subtitle of the Blown Covers series sums up the crux of the project: “New Yorker covers you were never meant to see.”
While much has been expected of the New Yorker on the literary front, it is has been equally, if not more, coveted for its witty depiction of current events. The illustrations frequently play up on taboo pop culture topics, and these depictions of kissing American soldiers and the Pope as Marilyn Monroe were deemed to have gone too far. Although these renderings did not make the cut, they nevertheless display a flip side to the American news hub.