The Most Talked About Magazine Covers of All Time

By Staff Writer
(Images via Esquire, Sports Illustrated)

At this point in human history, magazines are kind of a relic. While some companies are still faithfully publishing away in the physical medium, there's no denying that real magazines are not as nearly as popular as they used to be. 

However, magazines have a long and interesting history that has raised more than a few eyebrows over the years. Some magazines just can't seem to resist the temptation to publish something that they know the public is going to have strong feelings about. Sometimes that works out and brings new fame to the publication, but other times, it backfires and everyone ends up outraged. 

Today, we're taking a look at some of the most talked-about magazine covers in history. Not all of these covers were beloved (some were downright hated!), but they kept people talking long after these issues hit newsstands. Were some of these covers over the line? Maybe. But for the most part, people just like having something new to be angry about. Magazines have clearly learned this over the years, which means that we get more and more polarizing covers just for the sake of having something controversial that will get people talking. 

Let's get started!