Day: July 1, 2009

Color on the Cover Michael Jackson

Color on the Cover: Michael Jackson’s Death Launches Legacy Covers

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Following the death of Michael Jackson at age 50, magazines have scrambled to assemble tribute covers detailing his life in images, hits and headlines. Here are some covers honoring MJ’s life:

TIME:

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Managing editor Richard Stengel said of the issue: “We realized his life did fall into these chapters. There was the little Michael Jackson — the Jackson 5. There were the superstar years where he was the most famous, global celebrity and then the very weird, eccentric years. We thought that would be a great structure for the package — with that opening story about the news of his death and then a closing piece evaluating the music.”

NEWSWEEK:

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“You want to be on the newsstand for those epic stories where people still want to run out (and buy it),” Managing editor Daniel Klaidman said.

PEOPLE:

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The magazine features a double cover, with a special flip editon with his life in pictures.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:
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This is one of the four separate tribute covers available from the magazine’s latest issue.

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Deaths Media Michael Jackson

OK! Magazine Publishes Last Photo of Michael Jackson on Cover, Sparking Outrage

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OK! magazine made a tacky decision to use one of the last images of Michael Jackson as he lay dying as the cover for their tribute issue, sparking outrage among fans and musicians (like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jay-Z), who have launched a petition to stop the publication of further copies.

The petition argues that the tabloid has violated Jackson’s right to privacy, while OK!‘s editorial director Sarah Ivens adamantly defends her cover:

“It’s a photo that captures the surprise and the upset and the moment of this breaking news story . . . I hope the cover will provoke readers. It celebrated the man, but it also does expose that he was an eccentric character who lived a very controversial life.”

Blindie finds the tabloid’s cover to be sensational, a ploy to sell covers rather than a celebration of the Jackson’s musical legacy.

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