Sept. 20, 1943
The Sept. 20, 1943 cover shows a tired looking Hitler, and taunts him with the question "Little Man, What Now?" The Axis and Allied powers had been fighting for control of continent, and American troops were buoyed after the Italian surrender on Sept. 8 to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. Americans had landed in Italy, pushing inland to meet up with British forces, and German troops were beginning to lose ground. The question on the cover was taken from the name of a German book published in 1932 about the last days of the Weimar Republic.
Dec. 28, 1942
This 1942 cover shows a Rosie the Riveter-type figure sending Emperor Hirohito a Christmas present, in the form of a chubby-looking bomb wrapped in a red ribbon. The instructions? "RUSH." But the unwelcome present would be somewhat delayed in its arrival: in 1942, the U.S. had no bases in the Pacific from which to conduct bombing runs. No serious aerial campaigns were conducted on Japan until 1944, and of course, the atomic bombs were not dropped until 1945 -- three years after the cover went to print.
Sept. 18, 1972
This cover shows the burial of one of the 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage by Palestinians and eventually killed during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, when a botched rescue attempt at the German airport resulted in a firefight. The kidnapping saw competition suspended for the first time in modern Olympic history. Israel retaliated via assassinations, a response dubbed "Operation Wrath of God."