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The general cheesiness of this April 1977 cover is unsettling enough, but what makes it really disturbing is the decision to place the models in a sandy pit.

Covers: Worst of the First 50 Years

What can we say? Everyone makes mistakes, and over our first five decades we made some doozies. Cringe inducing, head-scratching, and downright embarrassing, here are our twenty worst covers of the past fifty years.
updated 05.20.11

  • The general cheesiness of this April 1977 cover is unsettling enough, but what makes it really disturbing is the decision to place the models in a sandy pit.
    The general cheesiness of this April 197…
  • Ted, Jane, and photo manipulation apparently done with safety scissors and paste make this August 1990 offering a definite worst.
    Ted, Jane, and photo manipulation appare…
  • Hey kids, before you judge this May 1985 cover too harshly, remember this was the era of Bruce, Rocky, and Reagan.
    Hey kids, before you judge this May 1985…
  • Our February 1968 cover story was about the Chattahoochee. What the cover is about is a mystery.
    Our February 1968 cover story was about …
  • The editor and art director whose names are listed in the masthead of this November 2005 issue both consider this the worst single cover of their individual careers.
    The editor and art director whose names …
  • Where to start? We know Photoshop hadn\
    Where to start? We know Photoshop hadn't…
  • Lynne Russell was a respected CNN anchor. We suspect this April 1995 cover did not help her career.
    Lynne Russell was a respected CNN anchor…
  • A turkey. November 1967.
    A turkey. November 1967.
  • What\
    What's really magical is how one person'…
  • If you\
    If you're trying to make a statement abo…
  • A tribute to ALTA or S&M? May 1997.
    A tribute to ALTA or S&M? May 1997.
  • Were we really geeky enough to think this April 1985 homage to \
    Were we really geeky enough to think thi…
  • It was March 2001, and we seemed to be channeling our cheesiness from back in the 1970s.
    It was March 2001, and we seemed to be c…
  • Seriously? August 1984.
    Seriously? August 1984.
  • This January 1984 cover was about spas. Of course.
    This January 1984 cover was about spas. …
  • Apparently, we thought this duo was so great on our 1977 cover we brought them back for the 1978 swimsuit issue.
    Apparently, we thought this duo was so g…
  • Atlanta is an epicenter for fried chicken. It\
    Atlanta is an epicenter for fried chicke…
  • We had all the glorious fun of Six Flags to feature on our March 1975 cover. And we selected this.
    We had all the glorious fun of Six Flags…
  • We need to head back to graduate school to analyze the subtext of this December 1969 cover. Who\
    We need to head back to graduate school …
  • Sure. Nothing says elegant like silk plants and a decorative bunny. October 1984.
    Sure. Nothing says elegant like silk pla…