Monday, May 23, 2016

"Entertainment Weekly" RIP covers

Since the 1989 launch of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine has run only 19 * "in memoriam" covers. Stats: 

  • 15 men, 4 women
  • 9 singers, 7 actors, 3 comedians
  • 15 white people, 4 black
  • 11 black and white images, 8 color
  • year with most covers (four): 2016

The covers:

 Kurt Cobain, 1994

 Chris Farley, 1997

Frank Sinatra, 1998

George Harrison, 2001

Katharine Hepburn, 2003

Marlon Brando, 2004

Johnny Carson, 2005

Heath Ledger, 2008

Paul Newman, 2008

Michael Jackson, 2009 **

Patrick Swayze, 2009

Whitney Houston, 2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 2014

Robin Williams, 2014

David Bowie, 2016

Prince, 2016

George Michael, 2016

  Carrie Fisher, 2016

Aretha Franklin, 2018

** EW produced four covers for Michael Jackson's death; the other three:




I did not count covers about deceased notables that were not tributes published the week after their deaths:


I believe there has been only one standalone tribute magazine:

Leonard Nimoy, 2015

Am I missing any?

* = will be updated regularly

1 comment:

ronbo said...

Where is Brandon Lee?

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