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Magazine Back Issues

You may enjoy collecting magazine back issues for their covers and content. Issues might have articles relating to history, celebrities, or events that have importance. With photos that tell a story, back issues offer a fascinating look into the culture of the past.

What are some magazines with notable back issues?

Magazines, such as Life Magazine, make history come alive with photos that were taken in the past, such as during the time of World War II. These historic moments might be on the battlefield or in Red Cross tents. Celebrity features in People Magazine capture the movies or music that defined their times. Fascinating and timely features can be found in many magazines, such as:

  • Life
  • People Magazine
  • SLAM
  • National Geographic
  • TV Picture
Are back issues of SLAM magazine available?

Yes. In print since 1994, SLAM offers inside information on the greats in basketball. You can learn more about LeBron James, Michael Jordan, or other great figures of the game. The American basketball experience comes alive with interviews and stories spanning decades of basketball history. Included are features relating to the NBA and NCAA, so the back issues can by read by all ages who love basketball.

What celebrities have appeared on the cover of People Magazine?

People love collecting this magazine for its covers of entertainment greats. The magazine has attracted much attention from the media with its human interest stories and articles regarding celebrities. People Magazine has an annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue that has been a repeated feature since Mel Gibson graced the cover in 1985. These covers can be framed and hung on a wall. Some covers you might encounter feature:

  • Patrick Swayze
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • David Beckham
  • George Clooney
  • Johnny Depp
  • Brad Pitt
When did Life Magazine start publishing?

Begun in 1883 as a magazine of humor, it had limited circulation. As a weekly news magazine, Life was transformed in 1936 by Henry Luce. The magazine then had a strong emphasis on photo journalism. In this period before smartphones, illustration and photography were king; Norman Rockwell and Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the Gibson Girl, were two of its illustrators. Covers were shared as part of the American experience. Issues with covers by illustrators contain art and can be framed on the wall. Other covers include photographs of:

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Winston Churchill
  • Princess Diana
  • Bill Murray
  • Judy Garland
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