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'New Yorker' Wins Best Magazine Cover of the Year

September Issue Pictured Oval Office Under Water

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PHOENIX (AdAge.com) -- The best magazine cover of the last year arrived on the front of The New Yorker's Sept. 19, 2005, issue, on which cartoonist Barry Blitt pictured the Bush Administration,
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The New Yorker's Sept. 19, 2005, cover depicting the Oval office innundated by Katrina-like flood waters was named Magazine Cover of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

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from the president to Condoleezza Rice to Dick Cheney to Karl Rove, flooded to the shoulders with water and trouble after the government outraged millions with an awful response to Hurricane Katrina.

That assessment is according to the American Society of Magazine Editors, which wrapped up the American Magazine Conference today with its first picks for a to-be-annual magazine cover competition.

Top prize
The New Yorker won the top prize over two other nominees, Wenner Media's 1,000th issue of Rolling Stone, an elaborate 3-D affair, and The Economist's July issue picturing North Korea's Kim Jong-il riding a rocket plume skyward. That cover, however, did win for best cover line, "Rocket Man."

The society couldn't break a tie between two magazines up for best celebrity cover, citing both the January 2006 Harper's Bazaar, part of Hearst Magazines, which fronted Julianne Moore in a green dress, and the June 2006 Vibe, which put Busta Rhymes up front with duct tape over his mouth -- a reference to the rapper's alleged refusal to spill on his bodyguard's murder.

The New Yorker, part of Conde Nast Publications, also won in the society's best news cover category with its Feb. 27 illustration by Mark Ulriksen, "Watch Your Back Mountain," depicting Messrs. Bush and Cheney as a couple of "Brokeback Mountain" cowboys. Mr. Bush is looking away as Mr. Cheney blows smoke from the top of his shotgun. The vice president accidentally shot his 78-year-old friend, hunting partner and campaign contributor Harry Worthington on Feb. 11.

"The image shows a couple of hapless chaps," the society said, "prisoners of their fate and unable to alter the course of events they have set in motion."

Best concept cover
In other categories, Time magazine won for best concept cover with its July 17 cover picturing a cowboy hat swallowing up its owner, all except the boots. Cover line: "The End of Cowboy Diplomacy."

The prize for best fashion cover went to Departures magazine, part of American Express Publishing, whose September 2005 issue drew readers to its Style Issue with a minimalist photo of a woman with very red lips wearing a white Susan van der Linde headpiece.

A January issue of Time Out New York won for the best service cover by picturing an empty, but obviously formerly loaded, dinner plate now licked clean under the cover line "Need a Gym?"

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For Simon Dumenco's nominees for the worst covers of the year, see this week's The Media Guy in MediaWorks.
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