Every once in a while that might happen even these days, but the last time that happened to me was more than a decade ago, with the magical Mary GrandPré Harry Potter artwork that the news magazines had the good sense to showcase, as you can see below.
Mary GrandPré — Newsweek — 2000
I've kept the magazine below, only because of the article inside about JK Rowling, and one of these days I will rip the article out to file in the morgue, tossing the rest into the recycle bin. Not slighting Henry Leutwyler's photograph in the least, I do not want to keep this cover. Subject of Karl Rove aside, IF it was an insightful and intriguing illustration of him on the cover, I probably would archive it.
Henry Leutwyler — Time — 2005
Magazine publishers don't care if you save their magazines, for one day or one century. All they want is to sell that magazine to you in the first place. Well, I don't buy any of the modern magazines. If I want to keep up on affairs, I check magazines out from the library. If their covers and interiors were brimming with timeless and brilliant illustrative art, I would subscribe to them all. Photographs are fine too, if they are directed and designed to be thought-provoking and distinctive.
What happened that art directors, for the most part, are satisfied with dull and throwaway graphics, jamming on blurbs and such, until each magazine looks like another, blurring away distinction and dignity?