In Praise of the Illustrated Magazine Cover

Contemporary racing magazine creative directors take note: these Sports Car Graphic covers from 1963 and 1964 are absolutely astounding. With such a wealth of fantastic automotive artists out there, It’s a pity that the notion of the illustrated magazine cover is about as dead as it can be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an enormous fan of a brilliant cover photograph. I do think, however, that if one of the racing rags were to try an illustrated cover it couldn’t help but stand out amidst the sea of sameness that is automotive magazine cover design.

DISCUSS (4 Comments)

  1. rdsieber

    Good point!

    I remember owning some of these very covers you have shown here. Let’s hope someone does the right thing…

  2. Colin


  3. Steve Schneider

    I too remember owning these mags. SCG was a favorite of mine even though I was a couple years away from driving. Went to get rid of these and a friend of mine saved all these from the trash and still has them to this day.

  4. Andy Lindberg

    As I recall, Keith Martin tried to use illustrations/art on the cover of Sports Car Market. Despite disparaging letters to the editor, he stuck with it for a long time. Did he finally go generic when SCM appeared on the newsstands and sought a wider subscription base?

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