When Illustrator Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu found out that Osama bin Laden had been killed, he began sketching. Ekşioğlu said “Osama bin Laden was like a sketch that I did not like, so I erased him.” (Illustrator:Gurbuz Dogan Eksioglu/“Erasing Osama” )

There are magazine covers published after major world events that will never be forgotten.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, New Yorker magazine published a black cover with two barely visible black rectangles. When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in 1969, LIFE magazine published an iconic image of astronaut Buzz Aldrin with the moon, Neil Armstrong, and the Eagle lander reflected in his helmet. Shortly after the assassinations of Martin Luther King and politician Robert Kennedy, TIME magazine ran a Roy Lichtenstein cover of a pistol pointing at the reader.

Now, the week after al-Qaeda leader and terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed, magazines vie to capture the impact of the event. In the New Yorker, artist Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu started work on his image Monday morning after the news broke. He told the News Desk blog, “Osama bin Laden was like a sketch that I did not like, so I erased him.”

Here are more images from around the world:

The Economist:

The Economist cover focuses not on bin Laden’s death, but on the way forward, with the headline “Now, kill his dream.” (The Economist)

Time Magazine:

Time Magazine prepared this cover back in 2002 when it was rumored bin Laden was ill, but could not use it until now. (Art Director: D.W. Pine/Illustrator: Tim O’Brien)

The New Republic:

The New Republic chose to blur out bin Laden’s photo, and cover his face with words. (The New Republic)


Newsweek’s cover, “Mission Accomplished: But are we any safer?” has an ominous feel to it with bin Laden illustrated in a hellish red. (Creative director: Dirk Barnett/Illustration: Edel Rodriguez)

National Journal:

National Journal brought back the beloved V-J Day photo of a soldier kissing a nurse to compare the two victories and show why this victory is different. (Art director: Jan Foerster Zimmeck.)


Portuguese-language magazine Epoca, which is published in Brazil, used a cover with a crumpled image of bin Laden and the headline “The End?” (Epoca)


Italian magazine Internazionale published an illustration of bin Laden and the twin towers, using the headline “After bin Laden.” (Illustration by Noma Bar)

See what newspapers ran on their front page the day after bin Laden was killed.