Monday, December 12, 2011

Best Covers

#2 informal, #3 informal , #10 formal, #19 formal, #26 informal, #31 informal, #36 formal, #37 environmental

This magazine cover story by legendary writer John Sack helped change public perception of the Vietnam War and was a landmark in the history of New Journalism. Early in 1966, when America had little more than 100,000 troops in Vietnam, Sacks became Esquire's war correspondent in Vietnam. At 33,000 words, the resulting article was and still is the longest ever published in Esquire. The all-black cover with the white inscription, "Oh My God We hit a little girl," became the cover to reflect the story.           
The simplicity of this cover is what makes it what it is. It's straight to the point, and that's really all it needs to be. The off-white over the black background  gives it a dark feel, a gritty feel. The subject matter it's self is also really powerful, the Vietnam War was a devastating disaster, that decimated our youth. It killed thousands and left many others with severe mental trauma.

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