With the February 23, 2015 issue, The New Yorker celebrated its 90th year in publication. Next Issue Readers voted for their favorite among nine anniversary covers, and Carter Goodrich’s modernized take on Eustace Tilley came out on top.
Learn a bit more about iconic cover character Eustace Tilley below, then check out all of the creative 90th Anniversary covers.
The original (1925)
Readers’ favorite 90th anniversary cover (2015)
It all started with the February 21, 1925 cover, created by art editor Rea Irvin for The New Yorker’s first issue. Based on a historical sketch of the Count D’Orsay, this “dandy” peering at a butterfly through a monocle soon came to be regarded as The New Yorker‘s official mascot.
Within the first year of publication, the character was granted the name Eustace Tilley, and he soon began appearing in “The Making of a Magazine” series in every issue. Ever since, Eustace Tilley has appeared on the cover of the anniversary issue every year—often in Rea Irvin’s original design.
But there’s nothing traditional about this year. In honor of nine excellent decades, The New Yorker turned to nine artists—some frequent cover-creators, some total newcomers—to give Tilley a modern facelift.
This poll is now closed…but feel free to vote for your favorite just for fun.