Last night the PPA unveiled the shortlist for the Cover Of The Century competition, as part of their own centenary celebrations. Creating such a list is a thankless task, but I think the PPA have done a good job here, given the need to produce a ten decade spread across the industry.
Like everyone else, I have my quibbles. I’m not really moved by the New Scientist cover, I think the Vogue Diana cover is stronger than the admittedly excellent Kate cover, and I know for a fact that Mac User’s covers from the 90’s designed by Paul Kurzeja are way better than the one seen here. But all that aside, this is still a very powerful set of covers.
The winner will be chosen by an online public poll. If the pattern of the last PPA vote done in this way is anything to go by, the winner is likely to be the cover with the simplest, clearest, most relatable image.
So I predict that The Beano will win, followed by Radio Times, with Vogue in third place. To see why, read my earlier post explaining why Gazza won last year’s PPA cover of the year, in a similar public vote.
But is this really the right result? Not really, because this list doesn’t include titles that have ceased publication. The plain fact of the matter, is that if a title is closed, It doesn’t celebrate the industry as it is today. Publishing is such a dynamic business that titles come and go all the time, it’s just a shame that history counts against them in contests such as these.
So, here, after the jump, I’ll show what I believe to be the REAL Covers Of The Century. See more