The New Yorker's Eustace Tilley Just Got a Russian Makeover

Magazine Puts a Spin on First-Ever Cover to Tease Investigation into Trump-Putin Connections

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on Mar 02, 2017

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As a lead-in to its investigation into possible Trump-Putin connections by Editor David Remnick and Writers Evan Osnos and Joshua Yaffa, the New Yorker made an "update" to its first-ever cover.

The original debuted on February 21, 1925 and featured its "dandy" mascot Eustace Tilley, in a now iconic-pose, top-hatted and looking to his right, through a monocle. First illustrated by Rea Irvin, Tilley has reappeared in many forms over the years -- as a woman, as a black man, as a hipster, manspreading and more, but perhaps never like this one, which recasts him as Russian President Vladimir Putin (or rather, as Eustace Vladimirovich Tilley, the magazine writes). And the delicate winged creature he examines? That's now President Trump. The New Yorker's logo, too, is now in Cyrillic.

Barry Blitt was behind the 2017 illustration. You can read the story it teases, "Active Measures," here.

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