MARVIN MAGAZINE COVERS
I’ve come across countless articles on Lee Marvin over the years that proved both enlightening and quotable. However, it was the cover stories that proved to be the most striking. He contiued to be the fodder of periodicals (both good & bad) throughout his life, and in spite of his offbeat looks and aging appearance, putting his visage on the cover still managed to sell magazines.
The return to film making of maverick writer/director Sam Fuller in 1979 with his autobiographical The Big Red One was something American Film magazine thought worthy of in-depth coverage. Did they put the cigar-chomping Fuller on the cover? The answer is below…..
In the mid-to-late 80s, Marvin was livivng in sem-retirement in the Tucson desert but articles in both Rolling Stone and Parade reminded readers of the man’s importance. Below, is the 1986 Parade cover story, “How Getting Shot Saved Lee Marvin’s Life,” printed a year before his passing….
Since his death in 1987, Marvin’s image continued to enlived appropriately themed magazines. When friend & director John Boorman debuted his Lee Marvin documentary “A Personal Portrait” to American viewers in 1998, AMC subscribers saw this cover, an image, by the way that was seriously considered for the cover of Lee Marvin: Point Blank……
It’s been several decades since the great man’s passing, but when an appropriate magazine discovers a lost interview with Marvin in 2009, in spite of other articles, only one image could possibly grace its cover. With such ongoing remembrances, his image will continue to live on!