The New Yorker’s First Football Cover…And A Few More

On this Super Bowl Sunday, thoughts turn to how football has intersected with my favorite magazine’s covers. Closing in on its fourth birthday,The New Yorker had run plenty of sports themed covers (baseball, tennis, horse racing, sculling, hockey…) but not anything football-related until I.G. Haupt‘s cover shown above. This was Mr. Haupt’s third cover for the magazine. He came on like gangbusters following his debut on the magazine’s September 3, 1927 issue — by year’s end, he’d had five. In all, there were forty-four Haupt covers, the last January 21, 1933.

The next football cover, published nearly a year later, was by an up and coming artist, Peter Arno (this was his eighth cover):

Looking through the magazine’s football covers you see a lot of huddles, like the Arno above and this one from the great Abe Birnbaum (which seems like an inspiration for a later cover):

Mr. Birnbaum was also the artist behind this somewhat unusual take from October 1950:

Here’s a great line of scrimmage cover by Harry Brown:

Finally, a personal favorite: this beauty by Alajolov, published in 1939:

The Earliest Football

It’s become somewhat of an Ink Spill tradition to bring this cartoon out of storage and let it see some sunshine every Super Bowl Sunday.  Published in The New Yorker, October 16 2006, it’s the only football drawing I’ve ever had in the magazine.

The First Football?

Here’s Ink Spill’s traditional posting of a drawing of mine that appeared in The New Yorker in the Fall of 2006.  Possibly inspired by my father-in-law’s penchant for watching, like so many Americans, a whole lot of football at Thanksgiving time.

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