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Bin Laden Gets X’d By Time Magazine

Maybe not as well-known, but certainly as symbolic as Time’s “Man of the Year” covers, Time Magazine’s X covers have marked the historic end of American enemies. Osama Bin Laden is about to join the ranks of the famously X’d out.

Hitler Gets X on Time Magazine CoverIn May of 1945, the first of the X’s was Adolf Hitler shortly after the discovery of his body.

Then in August of that same year, the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan triggered Time to illustrate the fall of the rising sun. It is assumed that the red in the rising sun symbol was the reason for using black in the X instead of the red that was used in the other covers. It is also the only cover that uses that style of X – more of a charcoal-drawn feel where the other X’s appear as red paint sloppily painted.

Saddam X'd Out by Time magazineApril, 2003 – Time gave us the Saddam Hussein X-out. The cover was released as U.S. forces occupied Baghdad and sent Saddam on the run. Saddam Hussein was actually not killed until 2006 when after an Iraqi trial, he was hanged.
Zarqawi gets X'd out by TimeThe most recent x-out by Time’s artists and journalists was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in June of 2006 after being killed by a U.S. bomb.
And the piece de resistance, the grande finale, the best of the best – May, 2011, the cover of a Time special issue will be adorned with Osama bin Laden’s ugly mug covered by a bright red X. This cover brought to you courtesy of U.S. Navy SEALS – Team Six – “DevGru” *Salute*
Bin Laden gets X'd out by Time Magazine

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  1. On ebay all of 1 addressed issue (not news stand issue) of Saddam’s “X” mugshot Time magazine was up for bids. The highest bid is currently $103!! Wow…I might have to search high and low for some more issues of Bin Laden and hold onto them for a while!

  2. Lest one forgets, Time magazine also selected Hitler as a “non-X’D” ‘Man of the Year’ in 1938. They also selected Joseph Stalin in ’39, Nikita Khrushchev in ’57 and the Ayatollah Khomeini in ’79.

    1. Oh, and don’t forget about Putin, the KGB-agent! He, too, was selected “man of the year” by TIME in the recent past. I grew up behind the Iron Curtain, so I know a bit more about him… When I saw that full-of-himself, arrogant mug of soviet agent staring down at me from the cover of the magazine, I felt an instant urge to throw up!

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