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Forty Years of Stunning Magazine Covers

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Forty Years of Stunning Magazine Covers

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Forty Years of Stunning Magazine Covers

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Images of the turbulent 1960s dominate a list of the top 40 magazine covers of the past 40 years, announced this week by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Mark Whitaker, editor of Newsweek and president of the ASME, tells Debbie Elliott what he and 51 other judges looked for in making their selections. The top pick was a January 1981 Rolling Stone cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, entwined on a bed.

Here's a list of the Top 10 covers.

1. Rolling Stone, Jan. 22, 1981: John Lennon and Yoko Ono in a photo taken just before the musical icon's death.

2. Vanity Fair, August 1991: A nude, extremely pregnant Demi Moore, in full-figured profile.

3. Esquire, April 1968: "The Passion of Muhammad Ali," showing the embattled boxer with arrows in his body.

4. The New Yorker, March 29, 1976: An outsized drawing of New York dominates a sketch of the rest of the country to Pacific Ocean.

5. Esquire, May 1969: Andy Warhol drowning in a Campbell's soup can to illustrate an article on the decline of the avant-garde.

6. The New Yorker, Sept. 24, 2001: The World Trade Center's Twin Towers drawn in all black against a gray skyline.

7. National Lampoon, January 1973: "If you don't buy this magazine, we'll kill this dog."

8. Esquire, October 1966: White typeface on an all black cover blares: "Oh my God -– we hit a little girl." The feature article followed M Company's harrowing combat tour in Vietnam.

9. Harper's Bazaar, September 1992: Linda Evangelista holding up the letter 'A' in magazine's title: "Enter the Era of Elegance."

10. National Geographic, June 1985: Afghan girl: "Haunted eyes of an Afghan refugee's fears."

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