Most Iconic Magazine Covers Of All Time

Written by Keren Mikva

Esquire, Muhammad Ali (1968)

Muhammad Ali made as many enemies as he did friends when he famously refused to serve in the U.S. military due to his religious beliefs. When he was subsequently stripped of his heavyweight boxing title, Esquire Magazine released this April 1968 cover depicting his “martyrdom.” The issue was named “The Passion of Muhammad Ali,” and was an ode to Andrea Mantegna’s painting, “The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian.”