November 12, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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18 New Yorker Covers Featuring Trump, the “Endless Fascinating Muse”

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January 23, 2016. For the issue one week after inauguration, Barry Blitt was inspired by a toddler who somehow manages to start the family car and drive the vehicle across town. I normally agree with the English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” but when it comes to …

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January 23, 2016. For the issue one week after inauguration, Barry Blitt was inspired by a toddler who somehow manages to start the family car and drive the vehicle across town.

I normally agree with the English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” but when it comes to magazine covers, I cannot help but judge its contents. One magazine that, for more than 90 years, has accurately captured both the news and culture is the New Yorker.

Apparently, New Yorker covers are pitched, not assigned. So artists submit ideas based on their instincts in response to current events. Therefore looking at the last couple of years, it’s not surprising to see Donald Trump on its cover.

Today’s post presents the work of some of the talented artists behind those clever covers: Barry Blitt, David Plunkert, Carter Goodrich, Anthony Russo, and John Cuneo.

I know we are inundated with Trumpish imagery and the last thing we need is more of it. However, I think it’s important to see them as a collection as they capture our turbulent times. From Trump’s comments about immigration, DACA and deportation to invocation to a crime family like The Sopranos and to Trump’s misogynistic comments about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado whom he called “Miss Piggy,” because she gained weight and “Miss Housekeeping” because of her Hispanic background.

Given his peculiar and odd look, Trump is a dream come true for visual artists, some of them even called him “an endless fascinating muse.” “Trump’s head looks like it is “sculpted out of some kind of pudding.”” Illustrator Barry Blitt says, “I didn’t know anyone could look like that. He’s like an instruction manual for how to caricature.”

I’m sure there will be more covers coming. Hopefully not many more.

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July 27, 2015. Barry Blitt drew this cover soon after Trump loudly entered the presidential race as a comment on his characteristic lack of subtlety.
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February 1, 2016. “Bad Reception,” by Barry Blitt. Need I say more?
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March 28, 2016. Barry Blitt referenced the then Republican presidential front-runner’s hands. Some of the phrases written on the hand read “Very big heart,” “Respected by the Hispanics.”
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May 23, 2016. “Grand Illusion,” by Barry Blitt.
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August 22, 2016. “Donald’s Rainy Days,” by Barry Blitt.
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October 10, 2016. “Miss Congeniality,” by Barry Blitz. A plump, tearful Trump walks down a runway, a bouquet of flowers in one hand and a “Miss Congeniality” sash across his bountiful bosom.
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October 31, 2016. “Significant Others,” by Barry Blitt
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April 10, 2017. “Broken Windows,” Barry Blitt. A comment on Trump’s frequent golf trips, Trump is lobbing balls at the White House’s shattered windows.
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May 22, 2017. “Ejected,” by Barry Blitt. 6’8″ James Comey is dragged out of a plane by 5’5″ Jeff Sessions
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July 24, 2017. “Grounded,” Barry Blitz. Trump kicks Jared Kushner’s butt and twists Don Jr’s ear.
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August 28, 2017. “Blowhard,” by David Plunkert. This image won the “Cover of the Year Award by The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).
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October 30, 2017. “October Surprise,” by Carter Goodrich. The artist depicts Trump as a “dangerous clown.” The cover came out just in time for Halloween.
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December 18 & 25, 2017. “Christmas Carol,” by Barry Blitt. The cover shows Trump and disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. “Flynn is singing for all to hear,” Blitt wrote. “But something tells me the President is too Scrooge-like to enjoy the caroling.”
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January 28, 2018. “In the Hole” by Anthony Russo. A visual comment to Trump’s comments about immigration.
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March 26, 2018. “Exposed,” by Barry Blitt. The artist’s Blitt’s most physically unflattering portrayal of Trump.
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May 21, 2018. “The Swamp,” by John Cuneo.
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September 3, 2018. “Closing In,” by Barry Blitt. Trump is seen deep in the woods, trying to shake the authorities.

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