|Sportswire||Jan 27 2010|
Rocky Graziano is one angry man in this stunner of a photo-illustration from The National Police Gazette. Graziano was near the end of his run when this cover appeared in January 1951, but he was one of greats, knocking out fifty-two opponents during a brief five year professional career. The Gazette, published originally way back in 1845, weathered many changes in American society and yet managed to keep on chugging along. Sometime during the 1940s they seemed to have hit on a new formula—sports covers. The magazine had always covered sports, but now they put it front and center with super-saturated action shots and lots of blood. They mainly produced boxing covers—and these were some of the most striking (heh heh) in the magazine’s history. They also occasionally featured football and hockey. This lasted for about ten years, then the Gazette changed its cover style to try and keep pace with the many Hollywood tabloids that had crowded the newsstands. It was at that point that editors adopted the motif you’ve seen in posts like this one and this one. We have more Police Gazette pages below, and we’ll have more sports issues down the line.