I am fascinated by the economy of China – the sheer scale of its growth, production and consumption (OK, and pollution) makes it set to be the world’s next Superpower in my opinion. The Economist magazine ran a great cover on China back in March.
I loved the cover, both aesthetically and figuratively representing China’s perceived view of the world (Europe for Luxury brands, Latin America for mining). By pure coincidence I read this blog article today, “The Most Controversial Magazine Covers of all Time” which included this magazine cover from The New Yorker
Spot the similarity? Now, according to the blog article,
This portrayal of a New Yorker’s idea of what the rest of the United States looks like was drawn by Saul Steinberg. The artist sued Columbia Pictures over their movie poster for “Moscow on the Hudson”, which does seem to be derived from Steinberg’s cover down to the placement of the title. Steinberg won the case.
Which looked like this…
And of course, Russia was a superpower once. Not sure that has any relevance to the three pictures but I’m struggling for a wrap up line.