Posted by The New Yorker
Over the course of its eighty-seven years, The New Yorker has had many Olympics-inspired covers. This slide show has some highlights. The images comment not so much on the Games themselves, but often on where they were held.
Things were fairly quiet on the global scene in 1932, when the Games were held in Los Angeles. That year, our cover, fittingly, wasn’t so much nationalistic, but internationalistic. By Constantin Alajalov.
The spectre of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi-propaganda machine cast a pall over the 1936 Games, in Berlin. In this not-too-subtle portrayal, hulking, blond-haired runners are outpaced by a man who embodies the Jewish stereotypes of the time. By Constantin Alajalov.
The 1956 Games, in Melbourne, were the first held outside of Europe and North America. They were also the first (of two) held on a continent with kangaroos. Note the November cover date—it was spring in Australia, but autumn for most of the competing nations. The late time of year has been repeated several times since, even by host cities in the Northern Hemisphere. By Robert Day.
The 1960 Games, in Rome, got a treatment that nods to classical antiquity—though it looks more Greek than Roman. By Anatol Kovarsky.
This cover, from 1964, done in the style of Japanese prints, leaves little room for doubt—the host city was Tokyo. By Anatol Kovarsky.
This 1968 cover once again paid homage to the host city’s history. This image, for Mexico City, resembles an Aztec calendar stone. By Anatol Kovarsky.
Athens was the natural choice to host the 1996 Games—after all, it had been a hundred years since the first modern Games were hosted in the Greek capital. Atlanta surprised many when it was picked. By William Joyce.
Athens finally got its second Games, in 2004. This drawing, inspired by ancient-Greek pottery, also depicts a more modern theme—the thousands of hours of Olympics television coverage. By Christoph Niemann.