Last week I was changing planes in Munich, writes Andrew Losowsky, and spotted this cover of Business Punk, a relatively edgy business/lifestyle magazine – check that headline – made by the same company as Beef!
Flipping the bird (as they put it in the USA) is still a newsstand cover taboo in the USA, but Business Punk isn’t the first German cover to feature a one-fingered salute. Last year, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper’s weekend magazine featured Angela Merkel’s main challenger for President raising his middle finger nine days before the election (the story behind it is here).
Back in 2010, the news magazine Focus responded to the Greek debt crisis with a statuesque finger of its own, which led to a lawsuit from unhappy Greeks.
Mind you, having said that it’s a distasteful no-no for the USA, Mad typically chose to test that theory in the same year as the Churchill cover, with this Norman Mingo illustration. According to Comics Alliance, stores refused to sell it. Mad ended up with a huge pile of unsold copies – and a place in American magazine folklore.
Any other birds we should add to our collection?