Magazine history in the making: Three issues in one week for TIME

May 2, 2011

Time magazine is publishing three issues in one week. Talk about a weekly in a race with the news: One regular issue published last Friday, one special issue about the Royal Wedding and one special issue devoted to bin Laden. Glad to see print is still alive, well and kicking.
In a press release TIME said that “The cover image of the new issue features TIME’s iconic red “X” over bin Laden’s face, making this the fourth cover in TIME’s history to feature the red “X,” following Adolf Hilter (May 7, 1945), Saddam Hussein (April 21, 2003), and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (June 19, 2006). The cover was illustrated for TIME by Tim O’Brien, who also designed the al-Zarqawi cover.”


  1. Wow! Kudos to the writers and editors of TIME. They must have worked all night!

  2. […] In a press release, TIME has confirmed there will be a record 3 issues this week. The May 9th issue was released […]

  3. I don’t know — is the red ‘X’ really all that compelling to warrant using over and over? Seems a bit overplayed at this point. I’d bet the editorial staff could come up with dozens of more memorable ideas in a few hours’ time. Even this particular bin Laden illustration looks a little flat, for the gravity of the moment. I’m not feeling it.

    • Four times since WW2 is overplayed? Seriously?

      • Well, four times since WW2 and three times since 2003 are totally different points of reference. So yes, three times since 2003 seems a bit much. Just MHO, but I think the imagery is losing its impact. There are some very creative minds out there — I’m sure they could come up with something fresher and more striking.

  4. […] A lot of news all at once, so Time publishes three issues in one week. […]

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