Monday, October 31, 2011

Steve Jobs: Bloomberg Businessweek vs. Book Cover

Info on the book here. Book will be released in Feb. 2012.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

O Magazine vs. AARP Magazine

On the left is a spread from July/August 2010 issue of AARP. On the right, a spread from the latest issue of O the Oprah magazine. Thanks to Dian Holton and Scott A. Davis for the tip.

Demi Moore Vanity Fair Cover Tributes & Parodies

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chicago vs. Seattle Beer Covers

Chicago's July 2011 cover. Seattle Magazine's October 2011 cover. Thanks to Chris Skiles for the tip!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Cover Ripoff

Found here.

Lady GaGa Inspired by Kylie Minogue

Found at EW.

Book Cover vs. Movie Poster

Found this here.

Paint-By-Number Covers (UPDATE)

Added a CQWeekly, In These Times and Mad Magazine cover to the collection. Thanks to Jamey Fry for the CQ cover and to the anonymous commenters for the Mad Mag and In These Times tip.

The Incredible Shrinking... (UPDATE)

Added a new Time cover (Ex-President). Thanks to Jamey Fry.

Time Mag & Book Cover Doppelganger

Thanks to Josh Klenert.

Numbers Faces Movie Posters

Thanks to Matt McClane.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Some Recent Citizen Kane Tributes

Village Voice cover and spread illustration by Jesse Lenz, art directed by John Dixon. Dallas Observer cover illustration by Alex Fine, art directed by Alexander Flores.

9/11 Anniversary Covers

The Village Voice cover was from Sept. 25th, 2001. (Art director: Ted Keller, Photographer: Andre Souraujon.)

Reader's Digest is using the same image for the September 2011 issue.

"We thought the Voice cover was so brilliant, so perfect, and so under-seen, that the image should be used again" said RD's creative director, Robert Newman.

Also included a few more 9/11 covers with a similar feel.

Thanks to BN for the covers and info.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Greek Doppelgangers Galore!!

I came across this blog today. It has a ton of tributes, ripoffs and everything in between. It's mainly Greek magazines taking off on U.S. magazines. I posted only a few.

There is a lot more on their site:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Paste Magazine's Nod to Time

Here is Paste's (January 2010) tribute to Time's famous 'Is God Dead?' cover. Also included a Wired cover that looks as if it was a less obvious tribute.

Friday, July 8, 2011

FSB & Reader's Digest Ironic Cover

FSB (Fortune Small Business) cover from May 2008 and Reader's Digest for November 2009.

Fortune Small Business specifically commissioned photographer Michael Cogliantry for the FSB cover. (The type the crook is holding was actually real and made of foam core.) Photo editor for the shoot was Katy Howe Binder.

Looks as if Reader's Digest bought secondary rights to the image and added their own type in the crook's hands.

Thanks to Scott A. Davis for the images and info.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Milton Glaser Updates His Iconic Dylan for AARP

A cool illustration for the May/June 2011 issue of AARP. Design Director Scott A. Davis commissioned Milton Glaser to update his classic Dylan illustration. Thanks to Robert Newman for the heads up.

Worth checking out my previous post where Vanity Fair pays homage to Glaser.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Attack of the Stock Photo Model!

Washingtonian vs. Florida Lifestyles and Travel. Seen at the newsstand in Penn Station, New York City. Photo by Erik Spooner. From SPD.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

American Gothic Magazine Covers

After seeing the latest 'True Blood' magazine cover for EW, I thought I'd see what other covers used this concept. Any other notable 'American Gothic' covers I'm missing? I have a feeling there are some more recent tributes that I'm missing.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Weinergate AM NY vs. 2008 Voice Cover

Similar concept. Village Voice cover from 2008 (AD: Ivylise Simones) and this weeks AM NY cover (AD: Christopher Sabatini).

Thanks to Robert Newman for the tip!

Kurt Cobain Newsweek & Rolling Stone Photo

Looks like the Newsweek cover was from 1994 while the RollingStone cover was a 2002 story.

The Russians are Taking Over!!

Well, I assume that's all Russian. From this link.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Maxim vs. GQ (German)

Maxim cover from March 2007 and GQ German cover from September 2007.

Perez Hilton thought these covers were too similar. Story over at FishBowlNY.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hirschfeld vs. Hirschfeld

If you ever wondered how classic illustrator Al Hirschfeld would illustrate today's stars, wonder no more. Matt Hirschfeld is continuing with the original Hirschfeld look. Here is a NYT piece on the artist. Interesting....

Thursday, May 26, 2011

CityPages' Tribute to It's Past

Citypages in Minneapolis gives tribute to it's first issue ever (then known as Sweet Potato.) Thanks to Michael Kooiman.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Time Facebook Cover

How could I forget the Time Facebook cover. Benjamen reminded me. Add this to my previous post.

Time & Businessweek Multi-Colored Covers

Another one from Andrew Horton. Thanks!

Rolling Stone & Billboard Adele Font Fun!

Thanks to Andrew Horton for the spot.

Time's Bin Laden's X Cover

San Antonio Current's Tribute to 'Time' Tears

San Antonio Current's Time tribute.

Found this at Chuck Kerr's blog.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harry Potter vs. Enemy Mine poster

I mistook this Harry Potter poster for an Enemy Mine remake the other day.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Illustration Spotlight: Michael Scott of 'The Office'

Collection of some portraits of Steve Carell as Michael Scott from "The Office."

Art credits: (clockwise) Brian Taylor Illustration, Devon O'Keefe, Stephen Andolin, McIllustrator, Kiracatures, Mr. Jert, Enrique Hidalgo, tree27.deviantart, Dyan T. Holden & Noah Stokes.

Here's to Steve Carell as Michael Scott on 'The Office.'


Michael Gary Scott
Born: March 15, 1965, in Scranton, Pa.

Forte: Salesmanship

Not his forte: Managing people

Resume: Salesman, co-manager, manager, regional co-manager, regional manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin Inc. paper and printer distribution company; owner, Michael Scott Paper Company (defunct)

Nickname: World's Best Boss

Catchphrase: "That's what she said!"

Alter-egos: Ping, Agent Michael Scarn, Prison Mike, Michael Klump, Blind Guy McSqueezy, Mikanos, Caleb Crawdad "I do declare," Date Mike, Rapper Mike, Santa Bond and Reginald Poofter

Personal info: Engaged to Holly Flax, human resources representative

Source: and

Monday, April 11, 2011

Vanity Fair's New Yorker Parody

Here's a 'fist bump' cover to add to my previous New Yorker post. The August 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.

Tim O'Brien's Illustrated Tears

Here is a cool look at the tears that illustrator Tim O'Brien has illustrated for Time magazine's covers over the years. Check out the original post at Drawger.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Extreme Graphic Design Plagiarism

Another site worth checking out.

Similarities Flickr Set

Flicker set that has a ton of doppelgangers.

Garden & Gun vs. Savannah

Dec 2010/Jan 2011 issue of Garden & Gun and March/April 2011 issue of Savannah. I credit this find to Neil Jamieson.

Real Simple vs. Woman's Day

On the left, April 2011 issue of Woman's Day and on the right, May 2003 issue of Real Simple. Thanks to Robert Newman.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

BusinessWeek Gets Ripped

Appears this cover from an Asian money magazine took the actual cover artwork directly from BusinessWeek cover. They could of at least warped the text to make it work like the original.

Thanks to Andrew Horton for this.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan Tragedy Design Inspiration

Here are some designs & illustrations inspired by the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Interesting to see how different artists approach the same concept. All are nicely done but I think the BusinessWeek and the piece next to it (Edel Rodriguez illo) are my favorites.

(Credits: Bloomberg BusinessWeek/Richard Turley, Edel Rodriguez, Tim O'Brian, Miguel Miichan,,,,,,

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"So, You Thought We Wouldn't Notice" Blog

While I'd like to think my blog runs the gamut of tributes, parodies, with a little bit of copycat stuff, the "You Thought We Wouldn't Notice" blog has a ton of examples of downright plagarism, thievery and copyright infringement.

Didn't really see any magazine stuff on the site but worth checking out for sure.

The Stranger's Response to Sarah Palin

The Stranger put out this cover based off the Sarah Palin web graphic shortly after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Clever to say the least.

The New Republic Cover Illustration

Original cover illustration by Jason Holley commissioned by the New Republic in August 2006. Illustration then reused for book cover in 2010. (Illustrator presumably negotiated 2nd print rights to the book company.)

Thanks to Christine Car for this.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Paint-By-Number Covers

I've always loved these paint-by-number cover illustrations. Here are a few. I know there are more out there.