Rolling Stone: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Coverlines

Mere words cannot express the awesomeness that is Barack Obama. At least that’s what the new cover of Rolling Stone tells—or doesn’t tell—us. The cover of the magazine’s new issue features only a photograph of a smiling Senator Obama (with prominent flag pin!) and no text whatsoever. In keeping with the photo theme, Rolling Stone‘s Web site features a photo gallery called Barack Obama, a History in Pictures, with a whopping 98 (!) images of the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.

The wordless cover is not Rolling Stone‘s first. The motif has also been used by the magazine for other important, “words are not enough” stories like the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison.

It was also used to great effect on February 1995 for a cover story about Demi Moore.