I couldn’t help myself.
These 10 covers from 1960-64 are so awful I felt they deserved their own blog post.
This collection wouldn’t be complete without a horrible Christmas cover from an August issue.
I couldn’t think of a comment that wouldn’t get me fired, so let’s just move on.
It’s like the opening scene of a James Bond movie, except completely different.
Not a terrible concept, but someone really needed to tell the JCK art director at this time that brown, neon pink, and gold were never good design colors.
Okay, really? Doughnuts on a pile of sticks? Seriously?
I think this cover could double as an anti-drunk driving ad. It could also be an ad promoting acid. You could make a case either way.
Santa Claus was so upset about this one that he brought our art director coal for Christmas for the next 10 years.
Discussion in the art department in 1963:
“You pick a color!”
“No, you pick a color! It’s your turn!”
“You know what would be fun?”
“If we combined all our bright, cringe-inducing colors!”
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are making a movie based on this cover that will sadly be more frightening and disappointing than this cover.
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