The fabulous David Keeps, producer of Esquire’s 80th, writes: In its 80 years of publishing, Esquire has produced some 950 covers. (You’d think the math would be easier to do, but there have been some double issues along the way.) Esquire became justifiably famous for its covers in the 1960s which were produced by ad man George Lois (widely believed to be the model for Mad Men‘s Don Draper) and the magazine’s website has an archive of virtually every single cover image. Researching the documentary Esquire’s 80th, which airs tonight at 9PM on the Esquire network (and repeats at 11), I fell in love with so many of the wonderful and weird (Ed Sullivan in a Beatles wig?) images. I also might’ve gotten a lung disease from inhaling particulate matter from magazines stored in musty basements for 80 years, but I digress. Here are some covers you might get a quick glimpse of during the show – did I mention it’s on at 9PM on the new Esquire Network? – that deserve a longer look. Kind of like that longing look that claymation mascot Esky is giving Liz Taylor’s cleavage.
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