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Michael Jackson: Cover to Cover

Just a few of Michael Jackson's many magazine cover appearances from various stages of his career up until his death in 2009.

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    An eleven-year-old Michael Jackson on the cover of the April 29, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone
    Photo: Rolling Stone
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    The March 7, 1974 issue of Jet featuring all the Jackson brothers
    Photo: Jet
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    Michael Jackson, a "young bachelor married to music" on a 1977 cover of Jet
    Photo: Jet
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    Michael mania goes worldwide on an Israeli cover of Tiger Beat from the late 70s.
    Photo: Tiger Beat Israel
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    Michael on the cover of the German music magazine Hitkrant in April 1979
    Photo: Hitkrant
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    Michael, on the rise towards "King of Pop" status, circa Off the Wall on the June 1980 cover of Blues & Soul.
    Photo: Blues & Soul
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    Michael Jackson with his alien friend E.T. on the December 1982 issue of Ebony. In 1982, Michael narrated a children's storybook version of the movie E.T. and recorded E.T.-themed music.
    Photo: Ebony
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    Michael collaborating with older sister LaToya in 1983 and posing on the cover of Jet.
    Photo: Jet
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    Michael Jackson's many appearances on the cover of Rolling Stone.
    Photo: Rolling Stone
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    A People magazine cover story in the wake of Michael's terrifying freak accident on the set of his 1984 Pepsi commercial - an accident that left him severely burned, allegedly kickstarted his eventually fatal issues with painkillers, and further triggered an ongoing body dysmorphia that drove him to excessive plastic surgery.
    Photo: People
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    The February 27, 1984 issue of Jet with Michael and close friend Brooke Shields. She later gave a moving eulogy at his funeral.
    Photo: Jet
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    Michael with young friend Emmanuel Lewis, aka TV's "Webster", at the 1984 American Music Awards on the cover of Jet.
    Photo: Jet
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    It's a whole lotta Jackson coverage in the June 1984 issue of Right On! - with stories about Michael's Pepsi commercial, his Grammys and a fashion spread with sisters Janet and LaToya.
    Photo: Right On!
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    Esteemed R&B critic and historian Nelson George profiling Michael Jackson and those associated with Thriller (Quincy Jones and Eddie Van Halen) for the July 1984 issue of Musician magazine.
    Photo: Musician
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    Newsweek covering the Jacksons' huge 1984 Victory Tour.
    Photo: Newsweek
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    Winter 1984 issue of Soul Hits
    Photo: Soul Hits
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    Michael Jackson with fellow USA for Africa participants - Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Cyndi Lauper - on a 1985 cover of Life magazine. Jackson co-wrote "We are the World" with Lionel Richie.
    Photo: Life
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    Michael back on the cover of People promoting his new release Bad in 1987.
    Photo: People
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    A 2001 Mojo cover story depicting Michael's meteoric rise to ruling the pop landscape in the 80s to a career later plagued with scandal.
    Photo: Mojo
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    Michael on the cover of British magazine Q near the end of his life
    Photo: Q
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    Special tribute issue of Entertainment Weekly after Michael Jackson's death, July 10, 2009
    Photo: Entertainment Weekly
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    Commemorative edition of Time after Michael Jackson's death, July 2009
    Photo: Time