Two other New York covers plus the debut front of its spinoff, Look, combined with the Spitzer image, by Barbara Kruger, to make New York a six-time finalist and the leader among the nominees.
The finalists, from which winners will be named at the American Magazine Conference in two weeks, include The New Yorker, with four shots at a prize. Its cover sketch introducing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Sen. Larry Craig (he of the wide stance) made our own list of favorites for 2007. Its wildly controversial cover mocking misperceptions and slurs about Barack and Michelle Obama did not make the cut. The New Yorker took the top prize in last year's contest.
Covers showing one or both of the presidential candidates scored four nominations.
Wired magazine, which won last year's celebrity-cover nod, appears as a 2008 finalist three times. Other titles with multiple nominations include The New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Texas Monthly, Time and Vanity Fair.
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